Monday, July 05, 2010
John Deere Company, Moline, IL
One of the major companies in the Quad City area is John Deere. We made arrangements to take the guided tour of the Harvester production plant and this proved to be one of the best factory tours we have taken. We arrived with Donna and Dave, who hosted our Chicago rally and are also spending time here. We started with a presentation and video of the company operation followed by a 1.5 hour tour of the factory operation, which has over 60 acres of building under cover. We were ferried around in wagons-pulled by John Deere tractors, of course, and walked through various parts of the production facility, where we were able to observe each phrase of the process.
Unfortunately, no photographs are allowed within the plant. They had a small display of finished units produced at the plant that could be examined close up. In downtown Moline, you can visit the John Deere pavilion, where they cover the history of the company and have a much larger display of John Deere equipment.
This is a must see factory tour including a visit to the pavilion.