Monday, August 15, 2011

Touring all the John Deere Attractions

Aug 11, Thursday, Today we take a look around Davenport and Moline, Iowa. We drive downtown to the John Deere Pavilion to see the displays. We hear that the harvester plant has a tour at 12:30 a few blocks away. We arrive and they are full but a lady suggests to the desk girl that they may have no shows, so wait for a few minutes. We are lucky to get a spot on the tour.
We see a 20 minute film then load up on little wagon seats to be towed by a John Deere riding tractor. Dale is our guide and Bill is the driver. We get a 1 1/2 hour tour of the plant. 221 acres of ground with 77 acres under roof. They make harvesters here for all over the states. There are 4 plants world wide. All harvesters are ordered before being made with a 8 month waiting period. They sell for $330,00 plus $30-$50,000 for each front attachments.. corn picker, cotton pickers or wheat combines. All people who purchase them arrive to see the final assembly. They are the first one to turn on the motor to start it for the first time. There are many robot workers here, welding, painting, metal cutting, as well as overhead tracks to carry pieces from start to finish.
We left there and returned to the Pavilion to finish looking around then off to Headquarters for another tour. There they also had a big floor display of new products. They also had a full wall of antique John Deere items.. Then back to the airstream, mom said she is tired of seeing GREEN today!! Here are some pictures of the day

God Bless, AirstreamHobo and Mom

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