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Future uncertain for laid-off John Deere worker

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HAZLETON (KWWL) -

Last week, John Deere announced 460 layoffs at their Waterloo facilities. Among them was Danny Murphy.

Murphy, of Hazleton, worked at the Tractor and Cab Works since 2011.

“Actually, I liked what I did,” he said. “I love doing the fork lift, really enjoyed it.”

Friday, he found out he'd lose his job in October. Deere representatives say it's the first time since 1999 they've introduced layoffs without set callback dates.

“They said due to forecasting and sales … in 2015, it didn't look very good,” Murphy said.

Industry experts attribute the layoffs to a dip in Deere's sales internationally. Also are factor is the loss of a major tax deduction for farmers. Deere representatives told KWWL the cuts are necessary to keep their workforce in line with demand.

Now, Murphy is updating his resume, and starting his job search online. But a silver lining – he said the union negotiated six months of additional health insurance coverage with Deere.

“The insurance we get is unreal,” he said. “So that's one of the big benefits at John Deere.”

Still, with no callback date in sight, he's hoping things will change.

“I'm hoping they call me back,” he said. “I really do. I have no issues with them … I understand business is business, but I hope they call me back.”

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