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Deere & Co. bringing back some Iowa employees to produce farm equipment

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Producing farm equipment for some workers will start back up at a John Deere plant in Iowa.
Producing farm equipment for some workers will start back up at a John Deere plant in Iowa.

One of the largest producers of farm equipment announced it will bring back a few hundred workers to a plant in Iowa.

Deere & Co. announced it would bring back 452 workers who were laid off at the company's manufacturing plant in Ottumwa, Iowa. The workers are slated to get back to the plant starting on November 30, and all the recalled employees will be back before the company's holiday shutdown, which starts on December 23.

Workers at the plant will begin production of new 2010 models of John Deere equipment. The Ottumwa plant produces things like balers, mower conditioners, and products used by those in the hay and livestock business.

"Deere had placed the majority of the manufacturing workforce at Ottumwa on layoff earlier this year to align factory production with market demand," a statement from the company said.

Though some workers are coming back, 78 will continue to be out of work until market conditions for the company improve.

Recently, John Deere announced that a six-year agreement with the United Auto Workers was approved by employees who are a part of the union. The agreement includes union employees who are at the Ottumwa plant.
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