Anchor Coupling has made its move out of Illinois official, filing notice that it intends to layoff 123 employees in Dixon before the end of the year.

The should not come as a surprise to anyone, as we posted back in June that Caterpillar planned to consolidate its Anchor Coupling plants in Sterling and Dixon and move the jobs and manufacturing to Michigan.

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According to the Chicago Tribune, officials told the state that it’s closing its Dixon facility starting in November, with the 123 layoffs expected to be complete by year end. Anchor Coupling makes fluid-power valves and hose fittings.

Anchor Coupling is one of eight Illinois employers that have warned they will lay off about 600 workers by early 2015, according to notices filed with state regulators.

And remember, for all the supposed good news about Illinois' jobs picture, the number of people employed in the state actually has been declining since June.