As the John Deere company is celebrating its 175th anniversary, one manufacturer of the iconic farm equipment in Ottumwa, Iowa, is transitioning from one celebration to another, the Heartland Connection reported.
According to the news outlet, the John Deere Ottumwa Works recently finished celebrating its 100th year of operation, but now is transitioning to an event to mark the 175th anniversary of the agricultural company's founding.
More than 2,000 employees of the company were on hand for the celebration in Ottumwa, as the people who help make and have used John Deere equipment came together to see the evolution of the machinery used by the agricultural manufacturer.
"You you can kind of see the start of John Deere's business through the years. It's just been unbelievable. A typical tractor has more than 36 personal computers embedded into the operating system. Any one of these tractors has more computing power than the space shuttle had," said Andy Hansen, John Deere Ottumwa Works Factory Manager.
Many of the company's products have changed over the years, but along the way John Deere has included the most innovative equipment, like JDLink information-management technology on its latest models.