CNH Announces Temporary Closure of Compact Tractor Plant in Georgia

To further optimize its manufacturing footprint and reduce fixed costs, CNH recently announced it will close its compact tractor assembly facility in Dublin, Ga., during the first quarter of 2011. The plant’s product line includes compact tractors marketed under the New Holland Agriculture Boomer and Case IH Farmall nameplates.

“Closing the Dublin plant will allow us to adjust our operations to meet market demand and, at the same time, continue providing our customers with the highest level of quality, value, service and support. This action is consistent with our long-term strategy to achieve a lean, highly flexible industrial operation — and continue building a stronger, more competitive company going forward,” said Bret Lieberman, vice president of North American Agricultural Mfg.

Lieberman added that the decision to close the facility was a difficult one and the closure in no way reflects on the performance of the Dublin plant or on the performance of its employees.

“After reviewing all options,” he said, “the action being taken will best meet the company’s current and future business needs.” Employees impacted by this action may be eligible for benefits under the company’s separation or pay continuation plans and will also have access to outplacement assistance.

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