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A Brief History About JOHN DEERE

In 1837 John Deere, a Vermont blacksmith moved west to Grand Detour, Illinois. John Deere fashioned a plow from a broken steel saw blade that could cut through the tough mid-western soil better than the old cast-iron plows.   Deere would become one of the worlds leading tillage companies. 

In 1848, Deere moved his company to Moline, Ill.  John Deere turned the company over to his youngest son, Charles, in 1858.  In 1868, Deere's business was incorporated under the Deere & Company name.


By the early 20th century, the company had branched out into other products including corn and cotton planters.  In 1911, Deere bought six farm equipment companies.  In 1918, Deere & Company bought the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company. 


Despite impressive sales numbers, Deere realized they were far behind in the tractor industry and knew they woud have to develop better products if they were to compete in the industry.  Deere focused their attention on two-cylinder engines, and the "Johnny Popper" was born.  Deere and Company continued to pay attention to design change and industry needs developing into the global business giant of today selling everything from lawn mowers to combines.


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