Union Says Bobcat Plans More Layoffs

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Union officials say Bobcat Co. is planning to lay off more than 100 workers, most of them at its plant in Gwinner, southwest of Fargo.

The president of United Steelworkers Local 560 in Gwinner, Tom Ricker, says 114 hourly workers will be laid off there, along with some salaried workers. He says 15 employees at the Bismarck plant also are being laid off.

Union officials said the workers were notified Wednesday morning. Bobcat officials planned a statement later in the day.

Ricker said Bobcat hopes to recall workers when orders pick up.

The West Fargo-based company makes skid-steer loaders and light construction equipment, with about 2,000 workers at its two North Dakota plants. Earlier this year, about 250 were laid off and the plants were idled for part of June and July.

Jeremy Bauer, the union president in Bismarck, said sales have been flat.

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