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Caterpillar workers at East Peoria building KK laid off indefinitely due to demand and COVID-19

While Caterpillar 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 tells Heart of Illinois ABC this action was due to weaker customer demand and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

You can read her full statement below.

"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."

-Kate Kenny

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