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Caterpillar temporarily closes cast metals foundry at Mapleton facility due to customer demand

UPDATE (1 p.m.) -- A Caterpillar Inc. spokesperson said only the cast metals foundry at the Mapleton facility will be temporarily shutdown due to customer demands in the oil and gas industry.

The temporary shutdown also includes the large engines manufacturing facility at Layfayette, Indiana.

"We are taking a variety of actions at our global facilities to align production with customer demand, including temporary facility shutdowns at the large engines manufacturing facility in Lafayette, IN and the cast metals foundry in Mapleton, IL locations due to decline in demand from customers in the Oil & Gas industry."

Statement from Caterpillar Inc.

PEORIA (WEEK) -- A Caterpillar Inc. spokesperson said the company has temporarily closed its Mapleton facility due to customer demand, rather than concerns over the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The spokesperson said in a statement, "We are taking a variety of actions at our global facilities to align production with customer demand, including temporary facility shutdown at our Mapleton facility.”

Last week Caterpillar said in a statement it would continue to operate amid the virus outbreak.

"Caterpillar continues to operate our Illinois facilities while adhering to the governor's executive order. Our employees' safety, health and well-being remain a top priority," the statement read.

It's not clear when the Mapleton facility will reopen.

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