Eaton Hydraulics trims 16 jobs locally among nationwide cuts

  • Article by: DEE DEPASS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 13, 2010 - 8:21 PM

Eaton's Hydraulics Group cut 16 positions from its Eden Prairie campus and dozens more across the country.

The move marks the second round of layoffs in a year and a half as the parent company of the hydraulics component maker previously laid off 15 percent of its 83,000-member global workforce, froze wages and quit retirement fund matches. Still, business continued to be affected by the recession, forcing more layoffs, employees said.

The Eden Prairie campus has about 516 employees. The 16 workers let go Monday were in sales, pricing, marketing and communications and training departments, said employees who asked not to be quoted. Managers notified workers individually Monday but gave most until the end of the week to clear out their desks.

All will receive severance packages and on-site outplacement services, said human resource manager Ryan Keen.

Eaton's Hydraulics, part of the $15 billion Eaton Corp., manufactures hydraulic motors, pumps and valve systems for oil rigs, construction and mining firms and agricultural and industrial customers such as Deere & Co. and Case New Holland.

Dee DePass • 612-673-7725

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