Restructuring at John Deere not expected to hurt local jobs

A May 1 corporate restructuring of John Deere and Co. that was announced this week is not expected to eliminate any jobs at the equipment company’s Grovetown facilities, a company spokesman said today.

The company is combining its agricultural division with its commercial and consumer equipment division, with about 200 overlapping corporate salaried positions expected to be eliminated through voluntary buyouts, said Ken Golden, the director of strategic public relations for Deere.

“We’ve not defined where any of the jobs are located that would be impacted, because the two divisions have to get together and now become one,” Mr. Golden said. “But we do not anticipate this impacting the manufacturing locations.”

The two Deere plants in Grovetown employee more than 300 workers to produce small tractors.

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