Caterpillar Inc. in Lafayette to lay off 125 workers

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LAFAYETTE, Ind.—A large engine and machinery plant in Lafayette will lay off more than 100 workers due to weak product demand.

The company announced 125 employees would be laid off on Aug. 26.

“Compared to last year, we have witnessed weaker demand for products built at our Lafayette facility,” said the company in a statement released Tuesday. “While some cost reduction measures such as temporary layoffs, vacation shutdowns and reduction in flexible workforce have already been implemented, further measures must be taken in the near-term.”

The Peroria, Ill.-based company stated the layoffs come as it takes further actions to bring production in line with demand.

“We know this is difficult for our employees and their families, and the company will do what it can to ensure impacted employees have outplacement support during this time,” read the statement in part.

The Lafayette plant employees about 1,800 people.