Deere announces factory workforce adjustments

Deere & Company announced November 30 that it has informed approximately 220 employees at John Deere Seeding and Cylinder in Moline, Ill., that they will be placed on indefinite layoff, effective Feb. 15, 2016. Employees were informed of the layoff November 30 in meetings at the Moline facility.

The layoffs reflect the previous week’s forecast by Deere that agricultural machinery sales will decrease in fiscal year 2016. Deere said the actions are taken to align the size of the manufacturing workforce at individual factories with market demand for products made at each specific location.

In the past, manufacturing employees at John Deere Seeding and Cylinder have experienced seasonal layoffs in the spring and returned to work in the fall. The November 30 announcement is an indefinite layoff with no specific call-back date.

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