SLATING $58 million for enhancements and improvements, Deere & Co. announced that it would implement a new factory master plan at the John Deere Seeding facility in Moline, Ill., where the company manufactures its line of planters and seeding implements.
Targeting increased quality and efficiency, the plan calls for a new paint system and increased use of automation and production robotics.
"This investment reflects the past success of John Deere Seeding and prepares the factory to further serve customers in the future," John May, president of the firm's Agricultural Solutions unit, said. "Deere continues to invest in facilities both in the U.S. and around the world to enhance our position as the world's largest manufacturer of agricultural equipment."
Deere has maintained operations at its Moline location since 1879 and currently employs 800 people at the facility. May said the company does not anticipate a significant change in its total employment despite the increase in plant automation.