It has been learned that layoffs are expected at Caterpillar's Pontiac plant. How many will be affected and when it is to take place were not made known as of late Monday afternoon.


According to WJBC of Bloomington, weaker customer demand is an issue with the Pontiac location, as described by Caterpillar Corporate, which is based in Deerfield.


"We are taking a variety of actions at our global facilities to reduce production due to weaker customer demand, potential supply constraints and the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and related government actions," said Caterpillar spokeswoman Lisa Miller. "These actions include layoffs at our Pontiac location."


The Pontiac facility is a fuel systems plant that has been in operation in Pontiac since March 1978 and currently employs in the neighborhood of 700 people.


Layoffs were made at Caterpillar plants in Peoria and Aurora, as well as other plants outside of Illinois, in April. It was not known if Pontiac will be the only plant affected at this time, though it was noted on The Pantagraph website that no other plants in Illinois were mentioned.


Caterpillar and the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council had an agreement that required a certain number of hires to be made at some point.


As of close of business on Monday, GLCEDC Chief Executive Officer Adam Dontz did not reply to a message left for him.