By Associated Press - Thursday, January 26, 2017

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - Eaton Hydraulics says it plans to close its plant in Hutchinson by October, eliminating 100 jobs.

The Hutchinson News reports ( ) employees were told Wednesday about plans to shut down the plant.

The plant makes components for piston and gear pumps for use in mobile and industrial hydraulic applications. It primarily serves construction and agriculture markets.

Eaton spokeswoman Kelly Jasko says production of components made in Hutchinson will move to Mexico. She says agricultural equipment production has declined 21 percent and construction equipment production dropped 16 percent since 2013.

Jasko didn’t say when the layoffs will begin.

In 2006, Eaton announced plans to close the Hutchinson plant but reconsidered after local and state officials offered $3.5 million in incentives and employees took wages cuts and freezes.


Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News,

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