Caterpillar could outsource local employees

By Anna Yee

Caterpillar could outsource local employees

February 7, 2012 Updated Feb 7, 2012 at 10:50 PM CDT

MOSSVILLE, Ill. -- Caterpillar is contemplating outsourcing up to 65 local jobs.

According to CAT officials, the move stems from the possibility of reallocating machinery out of the Mossville Engine Center.

The equipment, or "V" blocks, are currently shipped from Mexico to the Mossville Building BB Facility.

They are then assembled in the state of Georgia.

No word yet on when the jobs will be outsourced, but in a statement, Caterpillar said:

"The company would do everything possible to ensure these changes have minimal impact on employees."

Nearly 5,000 area Caterpillar employees are members of United Auto Workers Local 974.

Union President Dave Chapman says he's hopeful other local CAT plants will absorb the jobs in transition.

He also says the Mossville site is still a good place to host new Caterpillar jobs.

"We've got a huge facility out there that's climate controlled that would be an excellent place to set up shop for some of Caterpillar's future plans," said Chapman. "I mean, it's a huge building. It's empty. Caterpillar's future is bright, and hopefully, they'll put some work in that building."

Chapman says he will soon meet with Caterpillar officials to discuss keeping those Mossville workers employed in the area.

Caterpillar also announced it will move production of engine liners from Mossville to the Mapleton foundry.     

That could result in the relocation of 70 additional employees.

Nearly 600 production employees currently work at the Mapleton site.