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Sen. Grassley comments on Kinze Manufacturing job cuts

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WILLIAMSBURG (KWWL) - Kinze Manufacturing in Williamsburg announced today they are cutting 215 jobs in their office and factory.

In a statement released by the company, they cite the impact of low grain prices for the move.

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley said Wednesday layoffs like this are expected while the price of grain is down.

"Until we can get the price of grain up, there's not going to be a lot of new machinery bought by farmers. That's not going to happen until the supply of corn gets down and the market shakes out," Sen. Grassley said.

The company says they have been closely monitoring the situation and even instituted a 30-hour work week earlier this year to try and avoid permanent cuts.

A spokesperson says Kinze employed more than 850 people before today's cuts.

"We value our employees and support many families in our community, which is why we go to great lengths to provide a great working environment and keep our Kinze team members employed," Jeff Vogts, Kinze's director of human resources, said in a written statement. "We will continue to do everything we can to retain our quality workforce, maintain our role as a strong partner in the local community and support our customers and dealer network.”

The affected employees will receive severance packages. The company plans to work with area employers to help laid-off employees find other jobs.

The remaining employees will return to a full-time work week.

KWWL's Ally Crutcher contributed to this report.

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