John Deere announced that some product production would move from Ottumwa to Mexico by the end of 2023, but simultaneously announced plans to revitalize its Ottumwa plant for the future.
The company announced Thursday that over the next 18 months production of John Deere Mower Conditioner mowers will shift from Ottumwa Works to the company’s existing hay and forage mower plant in Monterrey, Mexico at 1,100 miles away.
The number of employees affected is not yet known, the company said. The final number will depend on potential reassignment opportunities once the move is complete and overall production levels at John Deere’s Ottumwa Works plant.
Dan Bernick, the company’s public relations manager, told the Ottumwa Courier that the move consolidates the company’s mowing tools on one site with “existing production capacity and complementary manufacturing skills”.
The Ottumwa plant also manufactures round balers, self-propelled windrowers and square balers. Bernick said the company would also invest in the Ottumwa plant. The company also announced plans on Thursday to form a committee that will develop plans to “revitalize” the facility for the future. The company says this will include a focus on the other products it manufactures at the Ottumwa plant, in particular “taking advantage of new processes and technologies to further improve quality and productivity”.
Deere does not expect the changes to have a major impact on dealers, customers, suppliers and service providers.