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Bobcat Preparing N.D. Plant Shutdown

Skid steer loader maker is preparing to permanently shutter its Bismarck plant this month and has begun process of moving equipment -- but not union workers -- to its factory in Gwinner.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Bobcat Co. is preparing to permanently shutter its Bismarck plant this month and has begun the process of moving equipment -- but not union workers -- to its factory in Gwinner.

The West Fargo-based company that makes skid steer loaders and other light construction equipment announced in September that it would close its Bismarck manufacturing plant by the end of the year, cutting 475 jobs.

Jeremy Bauer, president of Steelworkers Local 566 in Bismarck, says no union workers have been offered jobs at Bobcat's other plants in Gwinner or Wahpeton.

Tom Ricker, president of the United Steelworkers Local 560 in Gwinner, says the plant there still has workers who are laid off and would be offered the jobs first.

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