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Caterpillar to cut 800 jobs in Aurora

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Caterpillar confirmed it will move machine production out of the Aurora plant, taking with it about 800 jobs.

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The company had announced in January it was thinking about the change, and made it official in a press release Friday afternoon.

"Moving production from Aurora to other existing facilities allows Caterpillar to efficiently leverage manufacturing space while still preserving capacity for an upturn," said Denise Johnson, Caterpillar group president of Resource Industries.

"Supporting impacted employees through this transition is a top priority, as we know these actions are difficult for our talented and dedicated people."

The products made in Aurora will be transferred to two Caterpillar facilities.

Large wheel loaders and compactors will be made in Decatur downstate, and medium wheel loaders will be made in North Little Rock, Ark.

The move is in addition to the global restructuring and cost savings plan the company announced in September 2015.

That plan resulted in some downsizing at the Aurora plant, which is what the plant is called, despite actually being in Montgomery.


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