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Laid-off Deere employee speaks out

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John Deere announced more layoffs on Monday, with the hardest hit coming here in eastern Iowa. 115 jobs will be lost at Waterloo Works, taking effect September 23rd.

It's devastating to some but expected.

Chris Steies is a father of three and in one month he won't have a job. KWWL spoke with him on the phone after he learned he was laid-off from John Deere. He's staying positive.

He says, "I got a 15-year-old, one in preschool, and one in 2nd grade. Now that income will be short, I can't just sit down and hope I find something... I gotta go out and find something."

John Deere is very important to the Cedar Valley, employing thousands of people but demand is just not there right now.

Steies says, "If farmers aren't making money, then they aren't going to be buying new equipment."

Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart says it's a blow to the community, but he's staying positive.

"We are going to try to make sure that through the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and other places, that we provide the resources necessary to help our workers get back on track," Hart says.

Steies says at 36-years old, he might have to go back to school, but he's willing to do anything to find another job.

Steies says, "For some this is their sole income and that's devastating for them, but they will have to go out and find something else to make up for it."

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