About John Deere
John Deere is an American manufacturer of equipment in the agricultural, construction, landscaping and forestry sectors, among others. A Fortune 500 company, John Deere’s vast line of products includes tractors, excavators, dump trucks, backhoes, compact track loaders, dozers, skid steers and crawler loaders. The company also manufacturers engines and drivetrains, and offers rental services.
John Deere was established in 1837 as a repair shop that also manufactured tools and plows. It began producing tractors, for which it would later become famous, in 1918. During World War II John Deere built military tractors, ammunition and airplane parts, and dispatched a team to Europe to repair tanks.
In 1958 the company opened its industrial equipment division, which included a full range of construction machinery. In 1979 it revolutionized the agricultural industry by introducing the first four-row cotton picker, enormously increasing production capacity.
John Deere partnered with the Japan-based Hitachi company and began producing excavators in the U.S. in 1988. Another joint-venture with Hitachi saw the company manufacture excavator-based logging machines in the U.S., Canada and Brazil.
At the turn of the century John Deere acquired Timberjack and Waratah, two leading companies in the forestry industry, and opened a new tractor factory in India. By 2006 it was operating two factories in China.
Headquartered in Moline, Illinois, John Deere maintains factories, offices and other facilities in over 30 countries. Its largest production plants outside the U.S. are located in France, Argentina, India, Germany, The Netherlands and Finland.
The list of John Deere subsidiaries and affiliates is long and includes AGRIS Corporation, Kemper, NavCom Technology, Agreentech and Ningbo Benye Tractor & Automobile Manufacture Co. Ltd.