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John Deere celebrates 175th anniversary in 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

The company wasn't incorporated until 1868, as John Deere worked on and used farm equipment for several years prior to his company being officially recognized.
The company wasn't incorporated until 1868, as John Deere worked on and used farm equipment for several years prior to his company being officially recognized.

The agricultural giant John Deere is celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2012, as the company is hosting a series of events to celebrate anyone who has supported it or has used farm equipment with the iconic green and yellow coloring on it.

According to a release from the company, the beginnings of the agricultural giant were modest, as company founder John Deere successfully manufactured and marketed the self-scouring plow in 1837.

"John Deere revolutionized agriculture and he made farming in the tough soil of the U.S. Midwest a productive and profitable venture," Samuel R. Allen, chairman and chief executive officer of Deere & Company, said in a release. "Our recognition of this special anniversary reminds us of the many thousands of John Deere employees who came before us to make this company a world leader."

The release noted that the company wasn't incorporated until 1868, as John Deere worked on and used farm equipment for several years prior to his company being officially recognized.

Although he initially was a blacksmith, John Deere quickly expanded his agricultural business, as he built 10 plows in 1839, 75 in 1840 and 100 in 1842.

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