Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Deere & Company

American blacksmith John Deere developed the steel plowshare in the 1830s, an

improvement over the cast-iron shares then in use. He subsequently founded a

company that produced various farm implements

One of the five oldest companies in the United States, Deere & Company is the

world's largest manufacturer of agricultural equipment and a major U.S. producer of

construction, forestry, and lawn and grounds care equipment.

Born in 1804 in Vermont, John Deere was a blacksmith renowned for his craftsmanship and inventiveness.

Deere has been an industry innovator since John Deere introduced the first successful self-cleaning steel

plow which scoured itself after lifting the soil, in 1837. Known to say, "I will never put my name on a plow

that does not have in it the best that is in me," Deere continued to improve his plows and to tailor them for

different soil conditions.

In 1868 the business was incorporated as Deere & Company.

Deere's Waterloo Boy tractors became famous in 1918

In 1923 Deere introduced its own tractor, called the Model D.

In 1972 Deere introduced the John Deere bicycle.

In 1988 Deere formed a joint venture with Hitachi called Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery for earth


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