Celebrating 50 YearsCED Magazine January 2007
Article Date: 01-01-2007
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Deere's Construction & Forestry Division reaches a half-century milestone.
John Deere's Construction & Forestry division recently reached the 50-year mark. The division distributes construction, forestry and worksite products through a network of more than 1,300 dealer locations worldwide.
The division was born when company leaders saw an opportunity for Deere products to excel in construction and forestry, says Bob Brock, senior vice president of sales and marketing, John Deere Construction & Forestry.
"Fifty years later, the Construction & Forestry division serves customers all over the world with sales of nearly $6 billion," says Brock. "Our construction equipment performs the full range of earthmoving and material-handling work, and John Deere forestry equipment is used in full-tree and cut-to-length harvesting operations and in mill yards."
Through the years, the company pioneered a number of breakthrough machines, including the industry's first articulated, fully hydraulic motor grader in 1967; North America's first hydrostatic-drive crawler dozer and loader in 1976; and the industry's first elevating scraper with a microprocessor-controlled transmission in 1982.
"The key to the success of the variety of products we have offered over the years is that John Deere has always stood for quality and customer service unmatched in the industry," says Brock. "Our first priority is to deliver exactly what our customers want, and we work to adapt our products to suit their needs."
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