Layoffs continue at John Deere plants in Moline and Iowa

John May, CEO, John Deere
John May, Chairman and CEO, John Deere (JOHN DEERE)

There are more layoffs coming to Moline-based John Deere, and the layoffs continue to hit close to home.

An unattributed company statement obtained by WGIL says that 120 people will be indefinitely laid off from the Moline Seeding and Cylinder Works plant, effective June 28.  The plant will have around 690 employees remaining.

“John Deere informed members of the workforce at its Seeding and Cylinder operations in Moline, Illinois, on Wednesday, June 5, that over 120 production employees will be placed on indefinite layoff effective June 28. Employees were told of the layoffs by factory leadership in meetings,” said a company statement.  “Each John Deere factory balances the size of its production workforce with the needs of the individual factory to optimize the workforce at each facility.” 

This is on top of 34 layoffs at the cylinder works announced last month. Plus, the Quad Cities Regional Business Journal reports more layoffs are also happening at Ankeney, Urbandale, and Waterloo, Iowa – in addition to previously announced layoffs at Waterloo and Ankeney.

The company, also recently announcing it’s building a plant in Mexico that some construction and forestry works jobs will be moving to.

Union officials at the Moline plants declined to comment to the business journal on the layoffs. comment to the business journal on the layoffs.