The predicament of being a former Bobcat employee is to be an industrial worker in a town where the biggest employers are hospitals and state government. They have the choices of vying for the few jobs in the area that call for their skills, taking something lower-paying, going back to school or going out of town to power plants, oil fields or other Bobcat facilities.
Bobcat Co.'s Bismarck plant workers were told Wednesday the Bismarck plant will close permanently by the end of the year, with about 390 of its 475 jobs transferred to the company’s plant in Gwinner, N.D. “There were a lot of chins hanging on the floor,” said employee Ron Vogel, who worked at the plant for 26 years.
The second-largest employer in Valley City, N.D., has temporarily cut 35 percent of its work force. John Deere Seeding Group in Valley City furloughed 89 full-time employees Thursday. The company says it plans to bring them back this fall.
Cuts come despite simulus package Wind tower manufacturer DMI terminated another 100 workers Monday, just weeks after North Dakota Rep. Earl Pomeroy touted a job-producing federal economic stimulus package at its West Fargo plant.
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