Exmark Recalls 200 Workers In Nebraska

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) -- A lawn mower plant in Beatrice has called back about 200 laid-off workers.

Company officials say the Exmark Mfg. recall brings the plant payroll back to more than 300 -- still far short of the nearly 440 reported to be working there last year.

Branden Happel is a spokesman for The Toro Co., which owns Exmark. He says the plant production is lower than last year to match the reduced demand.

Toro is based in Bloomington, Minn.

The cutbacks of about 175 mostly hourly employees in August followed a layoff of 80 in April.

Happel couldn't say when the rest of the laid-off workers might be recalled.

Exmark routinely stops production temporarily each summer, but this summer's cutback was larger than those in the past.

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