Deere & Company was founded in 1837 by John Deere, a pioneer blacksmith who developed the first commercially successful, self-cleaning steel plow. This product helped to convert the heavy soils of the Mississippi prairies into fertile agricultural soils.

Today, with more than 57,000 employees and sales of more than 28 Billion US$ in 2015 (31 October), Deere & Company is a world leading manufacturer of agricultural equipment, turf care products and of construction and forestry equipment. The company also offers a wide array of financing solutions.

Deere & Company stocks are listed at the stock exchanges of Chicago and New York. John Deere products are manufactured in 75 locations in 19 countries and are sold through a worldwide network of authorized John Deere dealers.

In Europe, John Deere maintains 12 factories in 6 countries and produces a wide range of high quality equipment, such as tractors, combines, self-propelled forage harvesters, square and round balers, mower conditioners and front loaders, spraying equipment and headers for combines and forage harvesters, lawn and grounds care equipment, forestry equipment and Diesel engines.

John Deere Werk Mannheim is John Deere’s largest asset outside the United Sates. The factory has been Germany’s largest tractor producer and exporter for the past 40 years. It produces smaller 6MC and 6RC tractors and 4- and 6-cylinder 6R Premium tractors of up to 250hp. Approx. 90 % of Mannheim’s tractor production is exported to more than 80 countries, worldwide. The factory employs 3,300 people.

With an employment of 1,100 people John Deere Werk Zweibruecken manufactures combines and self-propelled forage harvesters for European and Overseas markets.

In Bruchsal, John Deere employs more than 1,300 people. The cab factory manufactures operator stations for tractors, combines, foragers and forestry machinery. And the Bruchsal-based European Parts Distribution Center (E-PDC) provides spare parts and accessories to European and overseas markets. Also located in Bruchsal: the German John Deere sales branch John Deere Vertrieb.

Other German John Deere subsidiaries include Kemper of Stadtlohn, a supplier of premium headers for foragers (290 employees) and SABO in Gummersbach, a premium manufacturer of lawn and groundscare equipment (135 employees).

John Deere’s most important link to its growing number of customers is the company’s dealer network which provides a wide spectrum of services to the end-user from consulting, sales and financing to after-sales services, product support, used equipment sales and operator training.

To enhance customer satisfaction, owner experience as well as sales and service quality John Deere recently embarked on its ‘dealer of tomorrow’ strategy which aims at increasing the size and scope of dealerships to meet the increasing demand for technical expertise.