Deere to Expands Plans to Expand at Waterloo Facility

With these investments, Deere estimates a 40% increase in high horsepower tractors.

Published on: Sep 3, 2008

Deere & Company plans to further expand manufacturing capacity of its large, high-horsepower tractors – adding to a project announced earlier this year for facilities in Waterloo, Iowa.

Deere said the investment will help the company meet its expectations for market demand worldwide in coming years.

Deere said the new initiative will invest approximately $97 million in areas that are core to the business and offer a competitive advantage, such as the Waterloo foundry, engine, and drive train operations.

An addition of an estimated 103,000 square feet will be added to the drive train operation in Waterloo and part of the total investment will be spent on improvements at a John Deere plant in Coffeyville, Kansas, where Deere builds transmissions and other drive train components.

"John Deere customers around the world are investing in the improved productivity delivered by these technologically-advanced machines," says David Everitt, President, Agricultural Division – North America, Australia and Asia and Global Tractor Sourcing. "John Deere is investing to help ensure that we have the manufacturing capacity to meet this demand for John Deere products."

The project announced today is in addition to the investment of approximately $90 million that Deere had announced in February to increase manufacturing capacity at the Waterloo Operations. In combination, the projects will increase John Deere's manufacturing capacity to build high horsepower tractors in Waterloo by about 40% and increase capacity for other tractor components and service parts.

The company said both projects are expected to be complete by early 2010. Tractors built in Waterloo are exported to more than 130 countries and are highly popular with the most productive farmers and growers in North America.