Fargo CNH plant to lay off 120FARGO, N.D. (AP) — About 120 assembly line workers at Fargo's Case New Holland plant are being laid off, company and union officials say. The layoffs announced Monday come after 140 jobs were cut in March.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — About 120 assembly line workers at Fargo's Case New Holland plant are being laid off, company and union officials say.
The layoffs announced Monday come after 140 jobs were cut in March.
The plant's parent company, CNH Global NV., issued a two-sentence statement attributing the layoffs to a continuing weakness of the economy and a need to align production with demand.
A similar statement was issued in announcing the March cuts.
The company says the latest job cuts will start June 29.
Chris Skeldum, the president the local International Association of Machinists chapter, said the union offered to take the entire month of August off so the company could avoid more job cuts. He says management did not accept the offer.
Skeldum said the company told union leaders the number of large tractors manufactured at the Fargo plant will be reduced from 16 per day to 14 per day. A year ago, he said, the plant was working overtime to supply 24 tractors daily.
At the end of last year, the Fargo plant reported a work force of 877. It makes large four-wheel drive tractors and construction loaders.
The Fargo plant is one of 39 CHN manufacturing is one of 39 CNH manufacturing plants in Europe, North America, Latin America, China, India and Uzbekistan.
The city of Fargo last year awarded Case New Holland a 10-year tax exemption for an expansion project after the parent company threatened to move 200 jobs to Brazil. City officials said the tax breaks are worth more than $625,000.