Hundreds of laid-off Deere & Co. manufacturing employees at John Deere Ottumwa Works learned Wednesday they are being recalled.

Deere said 452 manufacturing employees will return to work beginning Nov. 30. The recalled employees all are expected to be back to work by mid-December. The plant will begin its annual holiday shutdown on Dec. 23.

Deere spokesman Ken Golden said the employees will return to begin production of the 2010 models. Ottumwa Works manufactures balers, mower conditioners, windrowers and pull-type forage harvesters used by hay and livestock producers.

Another 78 employees will remain on layoff in Ottumwa.

Deere said in June that it was laying off the nearly 700 production workers to align factory production with market demand. A total of 494 were put on indefinite layoff while the remaining 195 faced periodic inventory adjustment layoffs. In April, the company laid off 40 production workers.

The plant also employs about 260 salaried workers, who continued to work through the layoff.

Golden said some of the remaining production employees worked on equipment maintenance and in the plant's experimental division. Of these workers, he said about 150 people were laid off, at times, for inventory adjustment.

Meanwhile, Deere still has workers on layoff in the Quad-Cities at East Moline Harvester Works and Davenport Works.

EARLIER STORY: Most laid-off manufacturing employees at the John Deere Ottumwa Works are being recalled, Deere & Co. announced this morning.

A total of 452 manufacturing employees will be recalled beginning Nov. 30, with all of those employees expected to be back to work before the company's annual holiday shutdown, which begins Dec. 23, according to a news release issued this morning.

The company said employees will begin production of new 2010 models. However, 78 employees will remain on layoff until market conditions improve enough to require the additional work force.

Deere had placed the majority of the manufacturing work force at Ottumwa on layoff earlier this year to align factory production with market demand. In total, the Ottumwa Works employs approximately 260 salaried employees and 720 wage employees, including those who remain on layoff.

The John Deere Ottumwa Works manufactures balers, mower conditioners, windrowers and pull-type forage harvesters used by hay and livestock producers.

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