History

Understanding the Importance of Kansas City in John Deere History

October 23, 2019

When customers think of John Deere, Illinois might immediately come to mind, but many people are unaware that the company had a strong presence in Kansas – specifically Kansas City – around the time of its humble beginnings. From early on in John Deere’s history, this city was recognized as playing an important role in the development of the company.

The Decision to Go West

John Deere always had his sights set on territories beyond Illinois. Before the turn of the 20th century, the company had employed a network of travelers, or salesmen, who trekked across the country to make arrangements with dealers to carry Deere products. As the company grew, so did its fleet of traveling salesmen. During this time, business had started to evolve, as well.

John Deere History: A Timeline of How We Got Here

February 18, 2019

Today, John Deere is known for its award-winning innovations, but have you ever really thought about how we got here? The most critical moments in John Deere history date back to 1837 when the man himself, John Deere, was a blacksmith in Grand Detour, IL who wanted to make farmers’ jobs a bit easier. Fast forward over 180 years, and this company is still manufacturing equipment with the same purpose in mind – helping customers be as productive as possible. While Deere is widely known for its various tractor models, these machines were not being produced until 1918 – this is when the company purchased the Waterloo Engine Gas Company.

Exploring Tradition and Family with John Deere Customers

February 12, 2019

John Deere customers are always put first, a major factor in what has made Deere successful. Over the past century, factory employees have taken a large amount of pride in the work they churn out, knowing that John Deere customers will cherish this machinery for years to come.

These values have been passed down from generation to generation at the company, and John Deere’s dedication has never wavered. Watch the video below to take a closer look at one family of John Deere customers who have relied on this machinery through the years.

Employees Follow Customer from Combine Order to Harvest

Facts About the John Deere Model 110 Lawn and Garden Tractor

December 26, 2018

There are several lawn and garden tractors to choose from at John Deere, but have you ever stopped to think about the history of these machines? The Model 110 Lawn and Garden Tractor is one machine that has a storied past, and it’s one of the many lawn and garden tractors that has a history worth examining.

Lawn and Garden Tractors: The Early Beginnings

John Deere has introduced hundreds of models of riding mowers throughout its more than 50-year history in the industry. The company first broke into the lawn tractor market in 1963 when it created the Model 110 – it had a four-stroke petrol-fueled engine with seven horsepower back in the day.

Understanding Moments in John Deere History Through Film

December 12, 2018

Key moments in John Deere history have all led up to what this company is today. Throughout time, various components have worked in Deere’s favor to consistently keep this business up to speed along the way. The invention of film was one of them, and there were several reasons for this. Film gave Deere the opportunity to showcase its products and highlight their features. In turn, this was another selling opportunity, giving the company a leg up on its competitors.

John Deere Tractor Models – Taking a Look Through Time

November 19, 2018

Over the past century, John Deere has consistently introduced new ideas and technology in order to make lives easier. Whether it was developing the first steel plow for farmers in Illinois or creating the first seated cultivator, this company established its role as an industry leader from the get-go. Staying ahead meant breaking boundaries, something which came about when Deere purchased the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company and officially entered the tractor business in 1918.

Traveling Through Time in the John Deere Archives Film Collection

October 4, 2018

At John Deere, remembering the past is key to making progress and becoming better as time goes on. Thanks to a large film collection with thousands of captured memories, this legacy will not be forgotten anytime soon. Within the John Deere archives, important pieces of history such as the development of new products and visits to factories by presidents will be remembered forever, by both employees and the public alike.

Taking this journey through time is an important piece of determining what the future should hold in terms of equipment, factories, and other key factors that play into the success of this company. Watch the video below to discover how this evolution continues to live on within the John Deere archives film collection.

A Look Back: John Deere Waterloo Boy Tractor Restoration and History

August 9, 2018

The 100th anniversary of John Deere’s venture into the tractor business is this year, and it all started with the Waterloo Boy tractor. Today, John Deere Waterloo Boy tractor restoration is still practiced by history buffs across the country, but how did the story all begin?

  • Before Deere entered the tractor business, it needed to answer two key questions: what did farmers want from a machine, and how could Deere make a product durable enough to stand up to daily farming?

Video Gallery: Stories of John Deere Factory Employees

May 31, 2018

The past century has seen generations of John Deere factory employees taking a tremendous amount of pride in the work that they do every day. It’s core values such as innovation, quality, integrity, and commitment that have reminded workers like Ryan Howard and Gaylord Converse of why they started working with John Deere equipment in the first place.

Whether these values are embraced by one person over the course of a few decades or passed on from family member to family member, dedication to the John Deere brand and its equipment is what makes these employees worthy of recognition. Watch the videos below to hear stories of two John Deere factory employees and their commitment to their work.

Video Gallery: The Global Evolution of John Deere Equipment

May 17, 2018

The past century has seen many changes, especially when it comes to technology, and John Deere is no stranger to this evolution. As a world leader in agriculture, construction, forestry, and turf care, John Deere equipment has played a major role in feeding, clothing, and sheltering people across the globe.

Watch the video below to learn more about the advancement of John Deere equipment technology and how it has developed into a force for good.

John Deere Corporate Video