John Deere announces 105 layoffs

John Deere announces 105 layoffs

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WATERLOO — Layoffs are coming to John Deere Dubuque Works.

Ken Golden, Deere & Company’s director of global public relations, said Friday Deere has informed 105 employees of John Deere Dubuque Works they will be placed on indefinite layoff effective April 6.

“Each Deere factory balances the size of its production workforce with customer demand for products from their individual factory,” he said. “No other Deere location is included in this announcement.”

This move comes as little movement has occurred in the agriculture community following two trade deals in recent weeks. The U.S. signed off on a new United States, Mexico and Canada agreement, commonly referred to as USMCA, as well as a first phase trade deal with China.

Layoffs occurred in the Quad-Cities in recent months too, including 57 workers who were laid off Jan. 6 from Deere Davenport Works.

Meanwhile, Deere has temporarily closed its Chinese operations amid the coronavirus outbreak and continues to monitor the situation for when those facilities could be reopened. Deere employees in China are able to work remotely, and the Moline-based company’s employees are restricted from traveling to and from China until a later time.

Deere will host a quarterly earnings call as well as its annual meeting at its headquarters in Moline later this month.

Previously Deere idled 160 production employees at Harvester Works and Davenport Works.

In November, Deere & Co. annouced it would initiate a companywide voluntary employee separation program, or buyouts.

The cutbacks have come as the company weathers international trades disputes and farmers have weather ed a year that featured heavy rains that delayed planting, followed by a stretch of no precipitation and then more rain in the fall.

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