CNH Global will shut down its Dublin, Ga., tractor assembly plant in the first quarter of 2011.

The New Holland, Pa.-based agricultural and construction equipment maker said the move is designed to help it trim costs and make better use of its manufacturing footprint. The plant has less than 100 employees.

The Dublin plant's product line includes compact tractors sold under the New Holland Agriculture "Boomer" and Case IH "Farmall" nameplates.

Bret Lieberman, CNH vice president of North American Agricultural Manufacturing, said, "Closing the Dublin plant will allow us to adjust our operations to meet market demand and, at the same time, continue providing our customers with the highest level of quality, value, service and support. This action is consistent with our long-term strategy to achieve a lean, highly flexible industrial operation — and continue building a stronger, more competitive company going forward. After reviewing all options, the action being taken will best meet the company's current and future business needs."