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Caterpillar plant closure in Illinois will add 150 jobs in North Little Rock

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click to enlarge NORTH LITTLE ROCK CAT PLANT: Make road graders, but may add new production.
  • NORTH LITTLE ROCK CAT PLANT: Make road graders, but may add new production.

Caterpillar announced Friday the closure of an 800-worker plant in Aurora, Ill., and shift of jobs to other sites, including 150 to North Little Rock.

The Bloomington Pantograph reported:

"Out of about 800 production positions, about 500 positions would likely be added to Decatur and about 150 positions would be added in North Little Rock," spokeswoman Lisa Miller said in an email Friday afternoon. "We anticipate some will move to various suppliers and some positions would also be eliminated."

The transitions are expected to be complete by the end of 2018.
This move is among a number of shifts the heavy equipment manufacturer has announced in recent months, including a move of headquarters from Peoria to Chicago.

Last August, Caterpillar laid off 60 people at its North Little Rock facility building motor graders.

The shift to North Little Rock apparently means it will begin making medium wheel loaders in North Little Rock, Reuters said.

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