Welland, Ontario – The Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) has reported the announcement that the John Deere plant in Welland, Ontario will close next year, with production moving to the U.S. and Mexico. The plant produces Gators, cutters and loaders.

The union represents 750 of the 800 workers at the plant, which has been in operation for approximately 100 years.

One-third of the work will be moved out in November 2008 to the U.S., with the balance going to Mexico by the closure date of November 2009. The company has assured the union that there will be no layoffs until the spring of 2009.

“We will be contacting the federal, provincial and municipal governments immediately to intervene to keep this facility open,” said CAW president Buzz Hargrove. “While workers are suffering from job loss, it is the Harper government that should bear the brunt of the responsibility for this closure. This government’s utter insensitivity to the plight of working Canadians is shameful and must come to an end. In my 16 years as president of the union, I have never seen such governmental indifference.”

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