More layoffs slated for area Caterpillar plants

Posted August 7, 2009

— Caterpillar Inc. plans to lay off employees at its Triangle locations, a spokesman for the heavy-equipment manufacturer said Friday.

Spokesman Jim Dugan declined to say how many jobs would be cuts at manufacturing plants in Clayton and Sanford and an engineering office in Cary.

"We think in the next six months or so there's likely to be some job reductions as we move some of these pieces around globally to get things at that more competitive stage," Dugan said.

Caterpillar has slashed jobs in recent months, including a round of cuts in Clayton and Sanford last winter, to weather the slowdown in construction amid a global recession.

Company officials said this week that the moves have positioned Caterpillar for a return to profitability once the economy improves.


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  • LoneWolf72 Aug 7, 2009

    I have worked most of career for 'foreign' owned automotive and truck companies and I, like millions of other Americans, have been treated very well. Dalefan, just fyi, GM spends a large percentage of it's earnings to build plants in China and Mexico, and to outsource more of it's parts to China, has for decades. Most Japanese automotive companies have a philosophy of 'localizing' parts and assembly of the entire vehicle...the opposite of you tell me....who actually gives more to American families? It ain't GM. Do you even know how many Japanese auto company parts are made right here in NC? From small to large, switches to transmissions...right here in NC. Did you know more than one foreign owned company has engineering and corp centers here in NC? Many build heavy equipment here, in NC...don't see many GM plants around here though...I rest my case.

  • north81739 Aug 7, 2009

    CAT has already laid off several hundred here in the "dead wood" is already gone.

  • commonsensical Aug 7, 2009

    Most companies use layoffs to cut out the dead wood employees that aren't producing as they should anyway.

  • workingforthosethatwont Aug 7, 2009

    We need to stop importing foreign cars, trucks, equipment, food, toys and anything else that costs American jobs. That includes toyotas etc....a percentage of that money still goes to Japan but we aren't allowed to export to their country on the same level. IT AIN'T RIGHT!

  • Caveman93 Aug 7, 2009

    What!? Wait! How could this be?