Caterpillar lays off 60 workers at South Milwaukee plant

Special to The Freeman

April 7, 2014

MILWAUKEE – Caterpillar Inc. has laid off about 60 employees at its South Milwaukee plant.

The company is taking actions to reduce costs and better align its workforce with its business needs, according to a statement. As a result, the company has notified approximately 60 production employees that they will be placed on indefinite layoff, effective April 14.

Caterpillar has its mining equipment division based in South Milwaukee. Last year, the company shut factories and cut its workforce worldwide, which included about 400 jobs in Milwaukee and South Milwaukee.

“We know this is difficult for our employees and their families, but we must take steps to position the company for long-term success,” Caterpillar said in a statement.

Caterpillar is a manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines.