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Associated Press, Published August 20 2009

St. Cloud busmaker cutting work force by 10 percent

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - A St. Cloud bus manufacturer recently touted by Vice President Joe Biden is cutting 10 percent of its work force because of a delayed order.

The New Flyer plant in St. Cloud will lose 70 jobs by December. All three New Flyer plants, including one in Crookston, will close for two weeks at the end of the year.

Companywide, New Flyer plans to lay off 270 employees at its plants and 50 salaried workers, mostly at its Winnipeg, Manitoba, headquarters. A company official says the cutbacks result from a delayed order for 140 diesel-electric hybrid buses by Chicago Transit Authority, which couldn't secure state funding.

About 630 workers will remain at the St. Cloud plant after cuts are complete.

In March, Biden came to the St. Cloud plant to tout the federal stimulus package.

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