Nortrax, the largest John Deere dealership group for construction, mining and forestry equipment in North America, congratulated John Deere on its 175th anniversary. Company founder, John Deere, successfully manufactured and marketed the self-scouring plow in 1837.
“John Deere revolutionized agriculture and he made farming in the tough soil of the U.S. Midwest a productive and profitable venture,” said Samuel R. Allen, chairman and chief executive officer of Deere & Company. “Our recognition of this special anniversary reminds us of the many thousands of John Deere employees who came before us to make this company a world leader.”
Today John Deere employs more than 60,000 people worldwide.
The values that John Deere adhered to when he built his first plow — integrity, quality, commitment and innovation — are still apparent throughout Nortrax’ 52 locations, as within the entire John Deere corporate culture.
“It’s the values John Deere stood by that have made John Deere the great company that it is today,” said Tim Murphy, president and CEO of Nortrax. “John Deere said, ‘I will never put my name on a product that doesn’t have in it the best that is in me’. Deere products are still made with that commitment to quality and we, at Nortrax, are tremendously proud to sell and support those fine products.”
Recognition of the 175th anniversary began recently when the John Deere Foundation made a $175,000 grant to help fund Feeding America’s BackPack Program that provides children nutritious and easy-to-prepare food they need over the course of a weekend.