LAFAYETTE, Ind. - 2009 was not a good year for Caterpillar: the manufacturer laidoff roughly 500 employees in Lafayette last spring.
Caterpillar Chief Spokesperson Jim Dugan said decreased demandfor their products motivated the cuts. Nearly a year later,Caterpillar plans to bring back some of its employees.
"We're pleased that there has been an increase in demand to thepoint where we are making these recalls to about 100 technicians.We expect about a hundred technicians to be recalled from layoffand expect that those folks will be back to work sometime by earlyMarch. So, it will be phased in," said Dugan.
Dugan said the global economy is starting to turn around,especially in areas such as the oil and gas industry and the marineindustry.
"If demand continues to increase, we'll look to manage ouremployment up appropriately. We certainly are hoping that's thecase, but the economy still has a fair number of uncertain areas init and so we'll have to be very prudent and very selective on thisfront," said Dugan.
According to Dugan, if demand continues to rise, more workerscould be called back to work.
"What Caterpillar has said more broadly at various businessunits in various facilities this year, we will selectively behiring or recalling employees and increasing employment based ondemand. That's certainly the case for these hundred or sotechnicians at Lafayette. We've seen a bit of a pickup in demand.As a result, we're bringing back some of the employees," saidDugan.
Dugan did not have specifics on the exact number of people beingrecalled or where they worked inside the plant, but he saideveryone who is being called back has already been notified.
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