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The John Deere DB60 Series Split Row Planter can plant one crop at 30in rows and a second crop at 15in rows with the productivity of a bulkfill planter Planter configurations include 47row 15in and 24row 30in planting capabilities Long parallel arms stagger the rows

$58 Million for Improvements at John Deere

Nov. 29, 2012
133-year-old operation set for process, quality improvements New paint system, more automation, robotics

Deere & Company estimates its planned improvements at a Moline, Ill. manufacturing plant will amount to approximately $58 million. The John Deere Seeding plant manufactures planting machinery, a market for which global demand has been steadily strong over recent years.

Moline also is the site of $47-million expansion at Deere & Co.’s Cylinder division, and a $70-million project to increase manufacturing capacity for large farm tractors, in Waterloo, Iowa. In 2011 Deere initiated an $85-million improvement program at its a self-propelled sprayer plant in Des Moines, Iowa. In 2010 it started a $100-million update of its Waterloo foundry complex. It has a long list of capital projects underway in BRIC countries, too.

"This investment reflects the past success of John Deere Seeding and prepares the factory to further serve customers in the future," stated John May, president of Deere’s Agricultural Solutions business unit.

John Deere has been manufacturing equipment for planting since 1877, and the Moline operations date to 1879. John Deere Seeding currently has approximately 800 employees there, but in its announcement it stated no significant change to total employment is anticipated.

The investments will include a new paint system and wider use of automations system and robotics. The improvements are related to a new factory master plan that aims to enhance process efficiency and product quality.

"Deere continues to invest in facilities, both in the U.S. and around the world, to enhance our position as the world's largest manufacturer of agricultural equipment," according to May.

"Our investments at John Deere Seeding are focused on helping agricultural equipment customers succeed in the important work of feeding the world," he concluded.

In the past two years, Deere & Co. has initiated expansions of manufacturing plants in Brazil, China, India, and Russia, all strong growth markets for its portfolio of farming and forestry equipment.

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Robert Brooks | Content Director

Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)

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