Deere to make $58 million in improvements at Moline facility


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Originally Posted Online: Nov. 26, 2012, 9:26 am
Last Updated: Nov. 26, 2012, 12:28 pm
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Deere & Company said it will invest about $58 million to enhance operations at John Deere Seeding in Moline where the company manufactures planting equipment.

The investment will be made in conjunction with the implementation of a new factory master plan that targets enhancements in efficiency and quality. Improvements include a new paint system and increased use of automation and robotics.

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

John Deere originally started manufacturing planting equipment in 1877 and has maintained operations at the current John Deere Seeding location in Moline since 1879. John Deere Seeding currently has approximately 800 employees in Moline and does not anticipate a significant change to total employment as a result of today's announcement.

"Our employees at John Deere Seeding have served customers well and responded to the needs of the marketplace," May said. "Our investments at John Deere Seeding are focused on helping agricultural equipment customers succeed in the important work of feeding the world."




















 




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