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Associated Press, Published September 06 2009

Bobcat, union plan transition meeting

BISMARCK (AP) — Bobcat Co. and union officials plan to meet early this week to talk about the closing of the company's Bismarck plant and the moving of jobs and equipment to the facility in Gwinner.

Bobcat announced last week that it will close the plant by the end of the year and transfer about 390 of its 475 jobs to the Gwinner plant in southeastern North Dakota.

The Bismarck plant's equipment also will be moved to the Gwinner plant. Bobcat spokeswoman Laura Ness Owens says officials have not decided when and how that will happen. She says it will be "a significant undertaking."

Union officials have said they expect few Bismarck workers to move to Gwinner, and that the plant there has 240 workers who are laid off and would be offered the jobs first anyway.

Carol Yantzer with Job Service North Dakota in Bismarck says Bobcat employees have started coming in, looking for help finding new jobs.

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