AGCO to lay off workers at Hesston plant

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HESSTON, Kan. — AGCO will lay off workers at its plant in Hesston.

In a news release, AGCO said the cutbacks affect hourly positions in Plants 1 and 2, with 24 positions being eliminated. The company will go from three shifts to two in the plants.

In a statement the company said, "It’s likely we will need to make additional reductions to our work force in the coming weeks."

The company blames a soft ag-business market for the layoffs.

AGCO makes farm equipment including hay balers, combines, swathers and planters. The plant has 1,500 workers in Hesston. It's the largest employer in the city.

The United Steelworkers Union represents the bargaining unit there. Union President Brian Lansaw says the union is expecting 80 layoffs in the coming weeks.

Besides layoffs, he says, some employees will have reduced work hours.

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