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Deere & Company is an American corporation that manufactures agricultural, construction, and forestry machinery, diesel engines, drivetrains (axles, transmissions, gearboxes) used in heavy equipment; lawn care equipments (lawn tractors, ride lawn mowers); construction aggregates; and smart-connected green technologies. Founded by John Deere in 1837 as a blacksmith shop making ploughs and horse-drawn wagons. Today it employs more than 58 thousand people around the world and had revenues of $30 billion in 2014. The company is based in Moline, Illinois.
Deere's agricultural products include tractors, combine harvesters, balers, cultivators, seeders, mowers and hay tools. The construction products include backhoe loaders, skid steers and compact track loaders. The forestry products include chippers/shredders and log splitters which are made mostly for smaller sawmills. Some of the brands belonging to this category are: Peterbilt, Sterling Trucks and Western Star driven by Johnston Group Ltd.
In 1902 John Deere entered the crawler tractor market with its first model called "B". Later on it introduced models like D (1918), R (1939) and S (1950). In 1959 it brought into market the world's first four-wheel drive, diesel powered tractor. John Deere has been producing tractors under the brands: Challenger (agricultural and construction), Steiger (agricultural and construction) and Valtra (agricultural).
John Deere manufactures a wide range of agricultural equipment for food and animal production, including combine harvesters, balers, compact tractors, cotton pickers/strippers and forage wagons. The two well known brands in this category are: Massey Ferguson and GSI which were acquired by AGCO Corporation in 1997.