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John Deere History

| 3/24/2016 11:49:00 AM

Sam MooreFor all you green and yellow worshippers out there, here is some John Deere trivia to tuck away in the old memory bank. You never know when the opportunity will arise to astonish your friends and neighbors with your knowledge of all twelve of the Deere & Company factories in operation in 1940.

1. JOHN DEERE PLOW WORKS – Moline, Illinois
The John Deere Plow Works is the world's largest plow factory. Here, steel moldboard and disk plows of all kinds, cultivators, spike-tooth harrows, listers, disk tillers, and a wide variety of integral equipment for John Deere General Purpose Tractors are manufactured.

2. DEERE and MANSUR WORKS – Moline, Illinois
The Deere and Mansur factory was established in 1877. Today, it is the world's largest planter factory. This modern factory manufactures corn planters, cotton planters, safety fertilizer attachments for planters, disk harrows, endgate seeders, disk cultivators, and stalk cutters.

3. KILLEFER MANUFACTURING CORP. – Los Angeles, California
The Killefer Manufacturing Corp., established in 1890, is a pioneer builder of deep-tillage implements. Deep-tillage tools of all kinds, off-set, cover-crop, and field disk harrows, mole drainage machines, and road maintenance equipment are produced in this modern factory.

4. JOHN DEERE HARVESTER WORKS – East Moline, Illinois
The John Deere Harvester plant, occupying forty-three acres of floor space, produces all types of harvesting machinery. Grain binders, rice binders, corn binders, corn pickers, combines, threshers, mowers, self-dump rakes, field ensilage cutters, and mower knife grinders are made here.

5. JOHN DEERE SPREADER WORKS – East Moline, Illinois
The John Deere Spreader Works is an outgrowth of the Marseilles and the Kemp & Burpee Manufacturing Companies, pioneer builders of corn shellers and manure spreaders respectively. This factory produces manure spreaders, corn shellers, grain elevators, hammer mills, tractor tire pumps, and cotton harvesters.


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