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565 layoffs announced at Deere in Waterloo, 910 total

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The inside of the tractor cab and assembly, taken in June of 2013 during one of Deere's Gold Key tours. The inside of the tractor cab and assembly, taken in June of 2013 during one of Deere's Gold Key tours.
The outside of the John Deere Foundry in Waterloo in the early-morning hours of Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (Blake Lybbert, KWWL) The outside of the John Deere Foundry in Waterloo in the early-morning hours of Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (Blake Lybbert, KWWL)
The John Deere sign in Waterloo on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (Olivia Mancino, KWWL) The John Deere sign in Waterloo on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (Olivia Mancino, KWWL)
WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The latest John Deere layoff is hitting Waterloo the hardest, with 565 jobs lost Friday -- just months after the company laid off 460 Waterloo employees.

Deere & Company says it's announcing a total of 910 layoffs at facilities in Iowa and Illinois, to go into effect in February and March.

Company officials said that includes 565 at three locations in Waterloo, 300 in Ankeny and 45 in East Moline, Illinois. Deere says the Waterloo layoffs include approximately 385 at the tractor cab and assembly operation, 90 at engine works and 90 at the foundry.

Deere said the decision reflects the economic forecast included in the company's November 2014 earnings report as the company continues to align the size of its manufacturing workforce to market demand for products.

The company has 3,425 manufacturing employees in Waterloo. A layoff of 565 would represent about 16 percent of that workforce.

The layoffs announced Friday are effective at different dates for each location. They begin in early February and most are effective in late March. 

In August, the company announced more than 460 layoffs in Waterloo. Those layoffs took effect in October.

The last indefinite layoff in Waterloo prior to August's was in 1999. This is Deere's second indefinite layoff in six months.

The total number of laid-off workers in Waterloo between those two layoffs is more than 1,000.

Deere and Company is headquartered in Moline, Illinois, and is the largest agricultural machinery company in the world. It has 67,000 employees worldwide. Half of those employees work in the United States or Canada.

Amie Steffeneicher contributed to this report.

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