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Supplier Eurest Services will be ending its contract with Deere & Co., employing 25 workers at both the Davenport Works and Dubuque Works plants.

Eurest Services Spokeswoman Andrea Ogden said the company provides janitorial, manufacturing line painting, mail service and retail store support for the Deere plants. She confirmed Thursday Eurest Services will be ending its contract with Deere, and a new subcontractor will begin offering the same services. 

Last week, Eurest Services notified 25 employees at Davenport Works, 1175 E. 90th St., and 25 employees at Dubuque Works, 18600 South John Deere Road, they will be laid off this fall. Ogden could not confirm if the employees will be hired under the new contractor, or who the new contractor is. 

"The work continues at John Deere, so as a result of that, those employees could end up working for the incoming contractor," she said. "The new contractor will be performing the same services." 

According to the notification letter through Iowa's Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the employment change will happen in Davenport Oct. 31 and in Dubuque Nov. 30. 

Eurest Services, a division of Compass Group, is a facility services provider, offering facilities management, cleaning and maintenance, laboratory support, outdoor maintenance and materials management. Compass Group is the world's sixth largest employer, with jobs in food and support services in all 50 states.

Deere spokesman Ken Golden confirmed Eurest Services is a supplier for Deere, but denied to comment on the activities of other companies.

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