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 With the layoff announcement from John Deere Friday, those affected are thinking about what's next. Many employees will look for other work for once the layoffs begin. Local staffing agencies say they're prepared to help as many as they can. According to some, industrial and manufacturing positions are picking up right now at a few local companies and some Deere employees facing layoffs might be the right fit for them.

"We actually work with vendors that take care of Deere on some level and if a person has worked at Deere for any amount of time they're more than likely 100 percent qualified for the majority of what we're hiring for," said Gabe Simula, Operations Manager at DES Employment Group.

With other companies adding on positions staff at DES and other agencies ready to try and help laid off employees find work. While they might not be exactly what they have now, they could be a good back-up option.

"Definitely not Deere wages and benefits but they all are full time and permanent positions," said Simula.

One company is looking for machine operators,a largee recycling business is also hiring. It's the same for cold storage company Ameri Cold. "We expect 30 to 40 positions there in at least from now until the end of the year," he added.

There are some higher paying jobs for more specialized work too like welders or CDL workers.

"When large companies lay off sometimes they offer education, that kind of thing. But once again, people with families need to work."

Simula says it's a devastating thing when layoffs like this happen, but hopefully staffing resources in the area can help workers get on a new track.

"It doesn't matter where they're laid off from. It's our job to help people through that time, whether they stay at the new company or not, we have work."

For more information on jobs through DES Employment Group CLICK HERE.

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