FARGO - The Case New Holland plant here is laying off about 35 people.
The plant at 3401 1st Ave. N., which makes large tracked and four-wheel-drive tractors for the agricultural sector and wheel loaders for the construction sector, reportedly posted signs saying that it anticipated permanent layoffs in manufacturing, welding and other areas.
CNH Industrial’s manager of corporate communications for North America, Rebecca Fabian, confirmed the layoffs in an email Friday, Feb. 21.
“CNH Industrial currently has approximately 620 employees total at the Fargo plant (staff and hourly). The permanent layoffs will affect approximately 35 employees and are directly related to the reduced demand in products manufactured at Fargo. We do not foresee any additional layoffs at this time and will work with the local Job Service to assist the impacted employees,” the company’s statement said.
Landis Larson, president and secretary/treasurer of the North Dakota AFL-CIO, called the announcement of the job cuts “a sign of the times.”
Larson, who is on leave from the plant to take care of his full-time union posting, said both the agriculture and commercial equipment sectors are cyclical in nature. He said it’s the first time that he can remember that both areas have slowed at the same time.
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“This is the first time I’ve seen both of them that bad,” said Larson, who is a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 2525 in Fargo.