Deere & Co. is pausing production at its Davenport and Dubuque facilities May 11, and implementing further layoffs in Dubuque.
Deere will put 159 workers at John Deere Dubuque Works on indefinite layoff effective June 1. Employees there learned the news April 27. That reduction is in addition to Deere laying off 105 in Dubuque earlier this year.
Production at John Deere Davenport Works and Dubuque Works will be paused on May 11 with an expectation to resume on May 26. Both facilities manufacture construction and forestry products, which Deere had projected a 10 to 15% reduction in net sales worldwide for that segment in February.
But those projections were among the financial guidance that Deere scrapped in recent weeks as the new coronavirus has impacted the worldwide economy.
“The temporary suspension is due to supply chain disruptions and weakened demand of construction and forestry equipment amidst the COVID-19 global health crisis,” Deere said in a statement.
“Temporary production shutdowns such as this occur regularly on an annual basis at our facilities. This is a common measure to adjust for supply and demand adjustments.”