After a series of intense negotiations, efforts to save the tractor assembly line at CNH Global N.V.'s plant in Racine may have succeeded.
Officials from the parent company of Case Corp. and the United Auto Workers (UAW) reached an agreement shortly after midnight Oct. 31, CNH spokeswoman Tracy Williams said.
"We are so pleased the two sides were able to work through this," Williams said.
CNH had said that if an agreement wasn't reached by Oct. 31, the company would move forward with its plan to transfer tractor assembly operations to a nonunion plant in Fargo, N.D.
The agreement, if approved by union members, would save about 125 of the 215 hourly tractor jobs at the Racine plant. More jobs likely would be added if tractor sales rebound, the company said.
A union ratification vote wasn't expected before this weekend, Williams said.
"It was one of those things where the community, including the union, was able to put something together that was attractive," Racine Area Manufacturers & …