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John Deere adding jobs at Dubuque Works amid layoffs

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DUBUQUE (AP) -

John Deere has recently laid off hundreds of workers in the Midwest, but it has added jobs at its factory in Dubuque, where the company manufactures huge vehicles for construction and forestry.

Last month, the company announced the layoff of 910 workers at five locations in Iowa and Illinois, citing reduced demand for farming equipment as the reason.

But the Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that John Deere Dubuque Works has added more than 100 jobs since late 2014.

General Manager Byron Taylor says this addition brings the total number of people working at the Dubuque site to 2,500.

Taylor says the rollout of new bulldozer models and forestry machines, which hit the market in January, have contributed to the company's strong growth in a new customer segment.

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