Caterpillar cuts jobs at Tucson Proving Ground

Updated Aug 5, 2016

Caterpillar 308E2 VAB excavator 1As the company laid out in its most recent earnings report, Caterpillar is making further cuts to its workforce, this time at its Tucson Proving Ground in Arizona.

According to a report from the Arizona Daily Star, Cat is making an undisclosed number of job cuts at the facility. The affected employees are not part of the company’s full-time workforce, but rather its “flexible workforce.”

The cuts are part of an ongoing cost reduction program. Announced in September, the company hopes to save $1.5 billion over the next few years through the reduction of thousands of jobs from its global workforce and the closing and consolidation of up to 20 facilities.

The Star reports that Cat employed about 300 workers at the Tucson Proving Ground as of May. Cat says these reductions will not impact the company’s plan to move its surface mining and technology headquarters to downtown Tucson.

Last week Cat announced a 41-percent drop in second quarter earnings to $785 million on sales of $12.3 billion. In the last year, the company has cut about 13,900 employees from its global workforce.