MOLINE, Ill., /PRNewswire/ — Deere & Company (NYSE:
DE) plans to construct a new 33,000-square-foot facility at the Iowa
State University (ISU) Research Park as a design and test lab for
agricultural spraying and applications technology.
“As a leader in precision agriculture, John Deere is focused on
providing customers with innovative, high quality products and
services,” said Aaron Wetzel, Deere’s vice president of the global
crop care platform at John Deere. “Our customers will benefit from
this investment as the spray lab is expected to enhance product design
and improve our development cycle.”
Wetzel said the new test center will allow increased collaboration
with ISU faculty and students. In 2017, Deere opened a strategic
technology innovation center in the ISU Research Park to collaborate
with the company’s business units and complement John Deere’s global
network of technology and innovation centers. Some employees from that
center will be located in the new building when it is completed.
Wendy Wintersteen, President of Iowa State University, said, “We are
thrilled that John Deere continues to recognize Iowa State’s
exceptional return on investment. 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
The facility is expected to be completed by summer 2019 and is
contingent on final due diligence as well as required approvals and
incentives that are typically available for projects of this nature.
Deere has recently expanded its leadership in crop care technologies
and acquired several companies that offer innovative spraying
technologies for agriculture customers around the world.