Griffin, Jefferson to be affected by Caterpillar layoffs

The Georgia cities of Griffin and Jefferson will be among those affected when Caterpillar lays off more than 2,400 employees.

The heavy equipment maker announced plans today for the layoffs at five plants in Illinois, Indiana and Georgia as it continues to cut costs amid the global economic downturn.

Caterpillar notified 89 employees at its Jefferson, Ga., fuel systems plant that they would be laid off permanently when the company closes the plant, expected by the end of June.

Work currently done at the plant will be shifted to factories in Thomasville, Ga., and Pontiac, Ill.

Also in Georgia, Caterpillar says it has notified 200 employees at a plant in Griffin, where the company makes generators, engines and oil service units, of layoffs scheduled to begin in May.

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