Canadian Manufacturing

John Deere laying off 460 due to slumping demand

The agricultural equipment maker says it's implementing seasonal and inventory adjustment shutdowns at a number of facilities

MOLINE, Ill.—Agricultural equipment maker Deere & Co. (popularly known as John Deere) is laying off about 460 employees indefinitely from an Iowa tractor factory as it continues to adjust to market demand.

The Moline, Illinois, company said August 22 that the latest round of layoffs will be effective October 20. Deere said last week that it would lay off more than 600 employees at four Midwest factories that make harvesting and other agricultural equipment due to slumping demand.

The latest layoffs will happen at the company’s Waterloo, Iowa, operations. Last week’s announcement involved factories in East Moline and Moline, Illinois, as well as Ankeny, Iowa, and Coffeyville, Kansas.

The company said also said last week that it was implementing seasonal and inventory adjustment shutdowns and temporary layoffs at those factories as well as one in Ottumwa, Iowa.

John Deere’s third-quarter profit dropped 15 per cent as sales weakened, and the company said earlier this month that it planned to reduce agricultural equipment production for the remainder of the year. The company had hired several hundred manufacturing employees in recent years to meet demand for products made in its Midwest factories.

“We match the size of our manufacturing workforce with market demand,” spokesman Ken Golden said on Friday.

Deere & Co. is the world’s biggest farm equipment supplier and employs about 31,000 people in the United States and 67,000 overall.

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