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John Deere Layoffs in Waterloo: "Big Blow to Cedar Valley"

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - For the first time since 1999, Waterloo is seeing layoffs at John Deere.

Approximately 460 people were notified that as of October 20th, they will no longer have jobs.  KWWL talked with the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber on Friday and they say that these layoffs are a "big blow to the Cedar Valley."  But the Alliance and Chamber remains optimistic that those hundreds of people will find jobs in the Cedar Valley.

The Alliance and Chamber mentioned growth at other manufacturing companies like Bertch Cabinets, Omega and Con Agra.  They are confident that former Deere employees will have other manufacturing job options.

But some people who work at Deere aren't so optimistic.  "I hope our economy is strong enough to support 462 people hitting the streets looking for work that can maybe even come close to the benefits or the pay they receive here," Matt Bauler said.


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