Caterpillar Inc. is moving two production lines from its Joliet plant to Mexico, the company announced Friday.
"The company has since completed all analysis and determined to remain cost competitive, it must move forward with the transition," a statement from Caterpillar reads.
The move will impact 230 union production-line jobs at the Joliet facility. More than 700 workers are employed at the plant.
"I am extremely disappointed that Caterpillar is choosing to move jobs to Mexico, turning their back on workers and a community that has supported them for decades. I want all workers to know that my office stands ready to help in any way we can," said U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL,11), whose district includes the plant.
"Immediately after learning of this news, I reached out to union leadership to offer my full support during this difficult time," the congressman said. "While this is a tough blow, I have no doubt that the resiliency of our community and our workers will prevail."