Ditch Witch — a company in Perry that makes underground construction equipment — is laying off 105 of its 1,100 employees.


 Ditch Witch — a company in Perry that makes underground construction equipment — is laying off 105 of its 1,100 employees.

Corporate Services Director Dave Lamerton blamed the layoffs on the global economic recession.

He said cost-cutting measures are needed to ensure the long-term health of the company.

Earlier this year, Ditch Witch furloughed workers and offered early retirement packages to cut costs.

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