With the number of people who have used farm equipment from John Deere increasing every day, the company has adapted by expanding its manufacturing capacity in its Moline, Illinois cylinder operations.
According to a company release, Deere will invest $47 million into the facility, where a range of hydraulic cylinders used for construction, agricultural and forestry machines are manufactured. Mark Von Pentz, president of John Deere's Worldwide Agriculture & Turf Division, said in the release that the investment stemmed from increasing customer demand around the world.
"John Deere's continued global growth requires the company to invest in our manufacturing operations," Von Pentz explained. "Market demand has remained strong for John Deere products and this initiative improves our capability to meet that market demand by improving our manufacturing of hydraulic cylinders, which are a key component in heavy equipment."
In the release, the company said the expansion will lead to major upgrades for the machining tools utilized at the cylinder operations, but a physical addition to the facility will not be necessary.
The company's Moline, Illinois plant will help to produce equipment for models like the 180G LC Hydraulic Excavator.