John Deere history

Taking a Look Through Time: Exploring John Deere Logo History

January 22, 2021

Though John Deere fashioned his first polished-steel plow in Grand Detour, Illinois in 1837, the evolution of his company took years and remained a small operation for quite some time. By the time he had employed 16 people, the operation was still without a name and a logo. However, in 1868, more than 31 years after John Deere’s operation started as a partnership or single proprietorship, it was incorporated under the name Deere & Company.

John Deere Logos Throughout the Years

The company existed for several years and after a brief spell of success – and then failure – the operations began to solidify and consolidate in Illinois. In 1876, after some deliberation, John Deere registered a logo: The “leaping deer” trademark.

John Deere Combine History: Highlighting Key Moments in Time

December 18, 2020

Since the moment John Deere’s first polished-steel plow was created in 1837, the company has been developing agricultural equipment to simplify the crop production process for farmers around the world. John Deere combines have been an instrumental vehicle in assisting this process for over 90 years, giving farmers top of the line generational technology to thresh and harvest their crops, maximizing productivity day in and day out.

John Deere History: The Production & Evolution of Machines by Industry

March 17, 2020

John Deere has a rich 175-year history of machinery production which covers a range of industries, including agriculture and construction, and serves both commercial and residential purposes. Let’s dig deeper and explore details about the production of these industry-specific machines, as well as more details about the different product lines currently offered. 

A Brief History of the John Deere Organization

Many critical moments in John Deere history date all the way back to 1837. In the beginning, John Deere was a blacksmith in Grand Detour, IL who wanted to make farmers’ jobs easier. Fast forward over 180 years, and his company is still manufacturing all kinds of equipment with the same purpose in mind – to help customers, especially farmers, be as productive as possible. 

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.

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: 100 Years of Tractor Innovation

April 5, 2018

Over the past 100 years, John Deere has been working to constantly improve their equipment and make history, especially when it comes to tractors. Innovation has been a key to success within the company and it’s what has kept people coming back for more than a century.

Since the beginning, new developments have been in the works in order to ensure “a tractor for every farm, crop, purpose.” These developments started out with purchasing the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company, manufacturers of Waterloo Boy tractors, and have continued into more recent years with the introduction of technologies like Autotrac.

Video Gallery: Reliving John Deere’s Tractor History

February 22, 2018

100 years of innovation, technology, and design have gone into making John Deere tractors what they are today. For their centennial year, John Deere is looking back at their tractors through the years to see how far they’ve come.

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Go back in time and watch John Deere’s tractor history unfold.

John Deere Tractors at 100 – The Legend Runs On

In 1918, John Deere bought the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company and showcased the Waterloo Boy Tractor at trade shows around the country. This tractor revolutionized farming and was incredibly popular among farmers. Shortly thereafter, the Model D Tractor was unveiled as an improved version of the Waterloo Boy.

How John Deere Waterloo Works Builds Its Largest Tractors

February 1, 2018

For over 100 years, John Deere has made a commitment to producing quality tractors that customers have relied on for generations. Their founder, John Deere, famously said: “I will never put my name on a product that does not have the best that is in me.”

John Deere Waterloo Works

When John Deere acquired the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company in 1918, it was a natural extension of the quality products they were already producing. Fast forward 100 years and John Deere Waterloo Works builds the 6, 7, 8, and 9 series John Deere tractors. Let’s take a look at how John Deere builds them.

Video: The Original 1967 John Deere 34 Forage Harvester

January 25, 2018

John Deere has a long history of developing quality agricultural equipment like the John Deere 34 Forage Harvester for their loyal customers. These strong machines were built to last and for many, they’re legacy pieces that have been in their family for generations.

Let’s go back in time to 1967 and take a closer look at this “Out of the Vault” video featuring the first John Deere 34 Forage Harvester ever created.

Out of the Vault: John Deere 34 Forage Harvester