LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette's Caterpillar plant on South Street is set to temporarily close, citing "customer demand" amid the coronavirus outbreak.
A company spokesperson released the following statement to News 18:
"We are taking a variety of actions at our global facilities to align production with customer demand, including temporary facility shutdowns at our Lafayette, Ind. location."
Questions regarding when the closure would take place and whether or not associates would be paid were not answered by the company.
The Lafayette Caterpillar Large Engine Center employs more than 1,300 people. The company, based in Deerfield, IL, invested $77.3 million into the Lafayette plant between 2018-19.
The announcement makes the second Tippecanoe County manufacturing plant to close its doors as the virus spreads. Subaru of Indiana Automotive shut down operations for a week beginning Monday.
This story will be updated.