Deere Bringing Back Workers At Iowa Plants

Farm equipment maker is recalling 117 workers at plants in Dubuque and Davenport as market conditions in its construction and forestry divisions improve.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Deere & Co. is recalling 117 workers at its plants in Dubuque and Davenport as market conditions in its construction and forestry divisions improve.

The Moline, Ill.-based farm equipment maker in February boosted its outlook for 2010 after an unexpected increase in agricultural orders helped drive first-quarter profit 19 percent higher.

Deere spokesman Ken Golden on Thursday confirmed 65 workers at its Dubuque plant and 52 others at its plant in Davenport will return to work on March 8.

He says the recalls are needed to meet market demand and to replace normal retirements in the work force.

In March 2009, Deere announced plans to lay off 220 workers in Dubuque and 105 in Davenport as the recession weakened demand for its products.

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