Waterloo, Iowa – Farmers and suppliers of Deere & Co are worried about what the strike at the tractor maker’s factories will mean for their livelihood.
Over 10,000 Deer Employees went on strike last week United Auto Workers Union is followed by 14 Deere factories in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado and Georgia. Rejected a contract offer. The longer the strike lasts, the greater the impact on the communities around the plants.
“If it recovers in a few days, great,” Brian Jones, a cultivator in central Iowa, told the Des Moines Register. “But if it drags on for weeks, you start to worry a little bit about things.”
Lance Lillebridge, who farms near Cedar Rapids in eastern Iowa, said he worries he won’t have parts if his John Deere alliance breaks up.
DAVENPORT, Iowa – OCTOBER 15: A piece of John Deere equipment on a truck is picketing from factory workers outside the John Deere Davenport Works facility on October 15, 2021 in Davenport, Iowa. Over 10,000 John Deere Employees, Representatives
“We have a lot of great equipment here that we’re using to harvest, and if a part breaks that we can’t find, we’re done,” said Iowa President Lillebridge. Corn Growers Association Board.
Burke “Skeet” Mihe of American Pattern and CNC Works in Cedar Falls, Iowa, said his business was initially going well as it worked further to fulfill Deere’s orders.
“If it goes on longer, it could affect us,” Mihe told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.
Casting Cleaning Inc. in Cedar Falls, which handles foundry casting work and grinding for John Deere, was closed Friday due to a lack of work, but company president Shannon Clausen said it would reopen on Monday. are supposed to.
“Long term, (the strike) will be very damaging to our business. In the short term, however, we will be able to come to power and get through it,” Clausen said.
At John Deere appliance dealer Sloan Implement in Fulton, Illinois, store manager Eric Maloney said the business is doing its best to manage through the strike, as well as supply chain problems related to the coronavirus pandemic. The dealer has relied more than usual on repairs rather than replacement of parts.
Maloney said, “We’re going to be going as far as we can to get the right way forward.”