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Deere bestows prestigious award to Behr Iron

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Rockford, Illinois company defied enormous odds to win a prestigious honor from Deere.
A Rockford, Illinois company defied enormous odds to win a prestigious honor from Deere.

Behr Iron and Steel has been honored by John Deere Construction and Forestry for offering valuable new management processes as part of the service it provides as a material supplier.

Recyclingtoday.com reports the Rockford, Illinois-based developed new ideas that enhanced revenues, service and safety for scrap management. Dubuque and Davenport Deere facilities were beneficiaries of the company's innovation as a result of their installation of standards that were increasingly stringent for environmental stewardship.

"John Deere challenges its suppliers to continuously improve, meet challenges on the fly and add value," Behr Iron president William Bremner said. "It's also keen on reducing its costs and environmental footprint. This very prestigious award is proof that our partnership with Deere is producing significant results in all of these categories."

Behr, who has been working with Deere since 1987, also is proud of the odds it defied to achieve the award. More than 1,000 indirect material suppliers were eligible, but Behr is the sole recipient.

The two sites where Behr's practices are most valuable, the Dubuque and Davenport plants, are key facilities to the Deere mission as they also manufacture farm equipment.

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