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Forum staff reports, Published September 02 2009

Sen. Byron Dorgan says Bobcat cuts "disappointing"

U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., issued a statement today regarding the news that Bobcat will consolidate its North Dakota manufacturing operations in Gwinner.

Here is the full text of the statement:

“The action taken today by the Bobcat Co. is disappointing to the hundreds of loyal workers at the Bismarck manufacturing plant and to all of us in North Dakota. It is also proof that while North Dakota’s economy is one of the strongest in the nation, we are not immune from the national recession.

“Those workers produce a world class product, and the reduction in worldwide demand is not the fault of the workers at the Bismarck plant, but they are the ones who will bear the consequences of the company decision.

“I will work with the local and state officials to do everything I can to help the workers whose jobs are affected by the decision.

“First and foremost, I am concerned about the future of the workers whose jobs are moving away. They are first-class manufacturing workers who have experience in sophisticated, state of the art manufacturing. My hope is that another manufacturer will recognize that they can be a great asset to another company in the future.

“Bismarck is a strong and vibrant city, and it will recover from these lost jobs. Bobcat is also a quality company that still remains committed to North Dakota, and it is my hope that as the company makes an economic recovery, it will continue to invest in jobs in our state.”