Deere and Company has announced plans to develop a new facility at the Iowa State University (ISU) Research Park. The 33,000-square-foot venue will serve as a design and test lab for agricultural spraying and applications technology.
Aaron Wetzel, Deere’s vice president of the global crop care platform at John Deere, says that the facility will allow for more collaboration with ISU faculty and students.
"As a leader in precision agriculture, John Deere is focused on providing customers with innovative, high quality products and services," said Wetzel. "Our customers will benefit from this investment as the spray lab is expected to enhance product design and improve our development cycle."
The facility is expected to be completed by the summer of 2019, and it is contingent on final due diligence, as well as required approvals and incentives.
"We are thrilled that John Deere continues to recognize Iowa State's exceptional return on investment,” said Wendy Wintersteen, president of ISU. “The plans announced today for the ISU Research Park will enhance John Deere’s access to our expertise, research and development opportunities and to ISU's student workforce."
Back in 2017, Deere opened a strategic technology innovation center at the research park for collaboration purposes. The staff at the location was specifically focused on generating integrated solutions for the company’s Agriculture and Turf division.
More information on John Deere and its key initiatives can be found by visiting its worldwide website at www.JohnDeere.com.