Caterpillar Plant in Joliet to Close, Laying off 285

December 11, 2018
Caterpillar machine.

The Herald reports that Caterpillar’s Joliet, Illinois, plant will close in 2019. The report said 285 workers received layoff notices, stating that they will lose their jobs starting Jan. 2. Caterpillar has not confirmed when the plant is closing for sure.

Caterpillar spokeswoman Katie Young said in a written statement, “Caterpillar intends to transition manufacturing currently performed in Joliet to other Caterpillar factories. We have reached an agreement with the IAM (International Association of Machinists) to extend the current Joliet contract into 2019 to complete the work at the facility so we can meet customer needs.”

State Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, said the Machinists contract was only extended through March. The union has operated the production lines at the plant, although Caterpillar has brought in non-union contractors as well.

Source: The Herald