Deere to close utility vehicles plant in Ontario

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) -- Deere & Co. says it's closing an Ontario plant and moving production to operations in Wisconsin and Mexico.

The Welland, Ontario factory makes utility vehicles and attachments for Deere's commercial and consumer equipment and farm equipment businesses.

Moline, Illinois-based Deere said the moves are part of its ongoing efforts to boost efficiency and profitability.

Deere said it will move production of Gator utility vehicles to Horicon, Wisconsin, where other models of the product are built.

Production of cutting and loading attachments will be transferred to Deere installations in Mexico.

The Ontario plant is expected to close by the end of 2009, and the move affects about 800 workers.

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