A Gold Key Tour for a Florida family and delivery of their new 8245R John Deere tractor – the first 2018 tractor made in Waterloo, Iowa – has kicked off a series of events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of John Deere entering the tractor business.
Deere hosted the Wade Purvis family of Naples, Fla., for the Gold Key event, during which customers can watch the final assembly of their newly purchased machine. The new tractor includes a commemorative badge that will be appear on several models of 2018 John Deere tractors including the 6 Series, 7 Series, 8 Series and 9 Series machines.
Deere entered the farm tractor business in March 1918 through the acquisition of the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company
At the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, the museum's American Enterprise exhibition will mark 2018 as the year of the tractor. The museum’s 1918 green, yellow and red Waterloo Boy tractor will be installed at the entrance of the business history exhibition in January. Within the exhibition, a new display on "Precision Farming" will examine a more contemporary story of disruptive technology in today's agriculture industry with the use of technology including a GPS antenna donated by Deere.
"John Deere is excited the Smithsonian has chosen to present one of Deere's most iconic tractors in the context of technological change in America. The display provides an opportunity to educate the public about the importance of agricultural innovation," said Neil Dahlstrom, Manage...
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