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Scratch 140 jobs from the Pontiac plant

Caterpillar is letting go of about 15 percent of the staff at its Pontiac, Illinois, factory, the Bloomington Pantagraph reports.

The layoffs, which will take effect Feb. 16, are the latest blow to the community of about 12,000 people. Since the start of 2008, the city has seen extensive flooding damage, battled the governor’s still-pending decision to close Pontiac Correctional Center — the city’s third largest employer — and learned of layoffs at Interlake Material Handling Inc.

At Caterpillar, the layoffs represent about 15 percent of the work force of more than 860 workers. The number doesn’t include an undetermined number of managers who may accept buyouts.

I once applied for a job at the Pontiac plant just before the economy cratered in about 1981 or so. Fate smiled on me, I figure.

As long as we’re on the subject, Cat won’t say how many of the 5,000 working in Decatur will be let go.

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Tom Mangan posted at 11:00 pm January 27th, 2009 |

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