Tuesday, March 10, 2009

EMD to slash Illinois work force

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Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. plans to eliminate 347 jobs at its McCook, Ill., plant as early as April, according to a layoff notice filed with the state of Illinois. The move follows previous plans announced earlier to cut 600 jobs at EMD’s London, Ontario, facility.

EMD said reduced demand for its product line, due to the recession, prompted the move. In December, the company said that Canadian National had placed an order for 40 locomotives, with an option to purchase 50 more.