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Caterpillar workers at building KK laid off due to demand, COVID-19


EAST PEORIA (WEEK) -- While Caterpillar Inc. has been named an essential business during Illinois stay-at-home order, workers at one East Peoria building are out of a job.

Company spokesperson Kate Kenny said this action was due to weaker customer demand amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

It's unclear how many workers are impacted by these indefinite layoffs.

"A number of governments continue to classify operations such as Caterpillar’s as essential activity for critical infrastructure. Customers use our machines, engines, generator sets and parts to provide electric and stand-by power for hospitals, grocery stores and data centers; they transport food and critical supplies on the roads and rails; they mine essential commodities and extract the fuels to  enable stable electricity; and much more. While our operations have been classified as essential activity, the COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on global economic conditions.  We are taking a variety of actions at our global facilities to reduce production due to weaker customer demand, potential supply constraints and the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and related government actions. These actions include indefinite layoffs at our East Peoria building KK location."

Caterpillar Inc. statement

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