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Bad news out of Dodge Center today. McNeilus, by way of it's parent corporation, Oshkosh out of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, announced the Dodge Center plant will no longer produce concrete mixers. It's expected over 200 people will lose their jobs.

In a statement, Oshkosh said Dodge Center will remain Mcneilus headquarters and that the consolidation of concrete mixer production in their other facilities will, and I quote, "...allow us to unlock capacity so we can expand world-class manufacturing in Dodge Center for refuse collection vehicles, superior customer experiences and support as well as mixer research & development."

Over 800 employees will remain on site, but losing over 200 employees will absolutely be noticed in Dodge Center.

On a personal note, the company also said, "We are committed to supporting our those impacted team members with a comprehensive transition program including outplacement assistance and coordination with the Minnesota Workforce Development to assist with their job search."

Let's hope that means more than just, "Here's the number for Workforce Development."

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