Caterpillar is "indefinitely" laying off an unspecified number of employees at its East Peoria Building KK plant.
Caterpillar is classified as an essential employer during Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order.
"While our operations have been classified as essential activity, the COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on global economic conditions," Caterpillar spokeswoman Kate Kenny said. "We are taking a variety of actions at our global facilities to reduce production due to weaker customer demand, potential supply constraints and the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and related government actions."
The company also announced a temporary closure of its Mapleton foundry last week.
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