November 15th, 2017 Bangkok, Thailand – John Deere is commencing their 100th anniversary celebrations of entering the tractor business with a series of events, beginning with a Gold Key Tour for the Wade Purvis family. The Purvis Family are the new owners of this new 8245R John Deere tractor, the first 2018 John Deere tractor.
They run a diverse operation with most of its farmland in the Immokalee, Florida, the suite of crops raised includes edible beans, peppers, eggplant, squash and cucumbers. They had ordered the tractor back the end of July, 2017. This tractor carries a 001 serial number and is the first 8R machine as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of John Deere selling tractors. In the Gold Key event, customers can watch the assembly of their new machines. Their new tractor is decorated with a commemorative badge which will appear on several 2018 John Deere tractors, including the 6 Series, 7 Series, 8 Series and 9 Series machines.
John Deere has been helping customers feed the world since March 1918, when Deere acquired the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company and entered the farm tractor business. For the past 100 years, the company has been globally distinguished for its advanced farming machinery and profound contribution to agricultural productivity.
John Deere will be holding a number of activities to celebrate this monumental anniversary. The company’s most iconic tractors will be displayed at the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum in Waterloo, Iowa; the John Deere Pavilion and John Deere World Headquarters in Moline, Illinois; and at the John Deere Forum in Mannheim, Germany.
100 John Deere tractors and engines, both company and customer owned equipment, will be on display at the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum and at the Waterloo Convention Center in June 2018. The display will showcase a range of equipment that spans across John Deere’s product lines from around the world. Additionally, both venues will host exhibits, food and family-friendly activities.
A number of museums across America will also be celebrating John Deere’s 100th anniversary and contribution to the agricultural industry include, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, The National Farm Toy Museum in Dyersville, Iowa and State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines will also be telling the story of John Deere’s history through farm toys in 2018, with final dates still to be determined
Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity.