Based in Moline, Illinois, USA, John Deere is a global heavy equipment manufacturer with a history dating back to the early 1880’s. John Deere was a former blacksmith who moved to Grand Detour, Illinois to avoid bankruptcy. He opened a repair shop making pitchforks and shovels. In 1837, Deere struck gold, inventing a cast-steel plow revolutionizing farming at the time. John Deere equipment is now used in a wide variety of industries from construction and forestry to heavy manufacturing.
Today John Deere employs over 49,000 people in 27 countries worldwide, including the United States, Australia, Turkey, Canada, United Kingdom, China, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, India, Poland, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Morocco and South Africa, among many others and is the largest agriculture machinery company in the world. John Deere’s primary locations are its administrative center in Moline, Illinois and manufacturing factories in central and south eastern United States but the company has manufacturing plants in Europe and Asia.
John Deere equipment ranges include agricultural machinery such as tractors, pickers, sprayers and harvesters. Specialist applications are also catered for with a range of snow plows, consumer and commercial equipment, as well as diesel engines and powertrains (axles, transmissions, etc.) used especially in heavy equipment.
The company has many subsidiaries outlining the breadth of John Deere equipment ranges. These include AGRIS Corporation; a specialist agricultural supply company, John Deere Financial; a leasing and loan company and New Zealand based Waratah Forestry Attachments; a forestry equipment supplier.