Deere to droop building gear manufacturing, make extra layoffs because of coronavirus impacts


John Deere says it’ll briefly droop manufacturing of building and forestry gear subsequent week with plans to put off workers subsequent month.

The gear maker will droop manufacturing at its Davenport and Dubuque services in Iowa starting Might 11, based on a report from the Quad-Metropolis Occasions. In Dubuque, Deere may also lay off 159 workers.

The shutdowns and layoffs are available response to damaging impacts on the corporate’s enterprise as a result of coronavirus pandemic, the corporate stated in an announcement to the Occasions.

“The non permanent suspension is because of provide chain disruptions and weakened demand of building and forestry gear amidst the COVID-19 international well being disaster,” the Deere assertion stated.

Although the shutdowns are in response to the pandemic, Deere says the shutdowns aren’t out of the bizarre.

“Momentary manufacturing shutdowns comparable to this happen frequently on an annual foundation at our services. It is a frequent measure to regulate for provide and demand changes,” the corporate tells the Occasions.

Even earlier than the coronavirus pandemic reached the U.S. in March, Deere gross sales and revenues had fallen 4 % 12 months over 12 months within the first quarter, which ended February 2. On the time, the corporate stated it anticipated fiscal 12 months 2020 gross sales to dip between 10 and 15 % from 2019. Within the wake of the coronavirus impacts, the corporate has since scrapped that forecast and has not issued one other up to now.

The Dubuque layoffs are the second spherical at that facility this 12 months. Following the posting of its 1Q earnings in February, which included a 10-percent decline in building and forestry gear gross sales, Deere introduced the layoffs of 105 workers. These cuts took impact April 6.