Deere Lays Off 150 Production Workers at Iowa Plant

About 150 workers at John Deere’s campus in Ankeny, IA are getting laid off.

Factory leadership informed some production workers at the John Deere Des Moines Works campus in Ankeny on Friday that they will be indefinitely laid off in April and May, according to a company statement.

“Each John Deere factory balances the size of its production workforce with the needs of the individual factory to optimize the workforce at each facility,” the statement said.

The Ankeny site, 825 S.W. Irvinedale Drive, has about 1,700 employees, including 1,136 in production and maintenance. Workers at the campus manufacture heavy agricultural equipment, including sprayers and cotton pickers.