About John Deere
John Deere is the brand name of Deere & Company, an agricultural and industrial equipment supplier that was founded in Illinois in 1837. Since 1837, John Deere has grown to be a world leader that creates and supplies machines designed for a variety of industries, including lawn and garden care, agriculture, construction, landscaping and grounds care, golf and sports turf, forestry, and more. John Deere is best known for its tractors, but also builds combines, forage harvesters, excavators, and more. Additionally, the company manufactures consumer and commercial equipment, including lawn mowers and utility vehicles like the Gator™.
The global headquarters are located in Illinois, at One John Deere Place in Moline. Deere & Company is the largest agriculture machinery company in the world and employs over 60,000 people in more than 30 countries. Half of these employees are located in the United States and Canada. As of 2017, the leading division of John Deere is its non-equipment loans, which account for nearly a third of the company’s income. These loans make John Deere the fifth-largest agricultural lender in the country.
The company acquired Blue River Technology, a leader in applying machine learning to agriculture, in 2017. In 2018, John Deere also announced a strategic supplier agreement with Wacker Neuson to provide compact excavators in the growing Asia-Pacific marketplace.
Samuel R. Allen was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Deere & Company in 2009 and has been with the company since 1975. John Deere annual revenue exceeds $29 billion.
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