John Deere Laying Off 600 Workers, Eyes Mexico Production


It’s the end of an American era at John Deere, one of the country’s oldest companies.

The outdoors company, established in 1837, announced mass layoffs over the weekend ahead of moving some of the company’s production to Mexico. John Deere makes heavy machinery for the agricultural, forestry, and construction industries.

The company alerted over 610 production staffers that, by the end of the summer, their roles in Illinois and Iowa no longer exist. The layoffs will be effective on August 30.

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“We can confirm Deere leadership recently communicated that rising operational costs and declining market demand requires enterprise-wide changes in how work gets done to achieve our goals and best position the company for the future,” the company said in a statement.

The news comes just weeks after the company announced that it is moving skid steer loaders and compact track loaders manufacturing locations from Dubuque, Iowa, to Mexico to curb manufacturing costs. The move is planned to be completed by 2026.

The new layoffs are one of many for the company, which laid off roughly 200 employees at its Waterloo, Iowa, plant in May and another 300 at the same location in April.

Affected workers from this most recent round of layoffs will be able to collect Supplemental Unemployment which will cover roughly 95% of their weekly net pay for up to 26 weeks depending on how many years of service the employees have given the company.

John Deere had a lower-than-expected Q2 2024, which it blamed on a lower demand for farming equipment as farmers grapple with declining prices of crops.

The company brought in $2.37 billion in net income during the quarter, down from $2.86 billion in the same period last year. Worldwide net sales and revenue also decreased 12% quarterly.

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In 2023 the company made more than $10 billion in profit.

“John Deere’s second-quarter results were noteworthy in light of continued changes across the global agricultural sector,” John C. May, John Deere chairman and CEO said in a company release at the time.

John Deere was down just under 10% year over year as of Monday morning.

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