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 4th of July Tractor Parade

July 9, 2010

We hope you all had a fabulous 4th of July! Before we move off the Independence Day spirit, we wanted to share a great video we found about this year’s 4th of July festivities right here in Lenexa, Kansas – home of one of John Deere Ag & Turf division’s sales and marketing offices (and MachineFinder):

John Deere – Greensburg, Kansas’ Green Rebuild

October 13, 2009

The new John Deere dealership in Greensburg, Kansas, its predecessor destroyed by a 2007 tornado that wiped almost all of the small rural city off the map, was reconstructed with an emphasis on green technologies. The new building, constructed of metal, has been certified LEED Platinum at approximately 50% energy cost savings.