John Deere has announced that it will ask between 50 and 60 workers laid off earlier this year at its Waterloo, Iowa, plant back to work.
According to a report from the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, the callbacks will be made based on seniority and many of the workers receiving calls are likely working at other Deere plants.
In January, the heavy equipment manufacturer announced it would layoff 910 employees across five agricultural equipment factories in Iowa and Illinois in an effort to cut costs to an ongoing global farming slowdown. Another 500 employees were put on an “extended inventory adjustment shutdown,” but were expected to be back to work this summer.
Construction and forestry equipment has been the company’s lone area of growth in the past year with a 71-percent increase in operating profit during 2014 to $648 million and 2 percent sales increased during the second quarter. Because of that growth the company added 220 jobs at its Dubuque and Davenport, Iowa, facilities where this equipment is made.
The Courier reports workers at the Dubuque and Davenport plants receiving callbacks for Waterloo may choose to stay put. However, if they choose to do so, they will lose their spots at Waterloo.