John Deere Industry Visit

Jay Chapman, John Deere Combine Product Manager and Purdue AGEC alum, along with other John Deere colleagues planned a great day for Boilermakers during Purdue's 2019 Fall Break! The Boilermakers headed out of campus at 6:00 a.m. and had their first stop at the John Deere Seeding and Cylinder facility in Moline, IL. Students learned about John Deere's planter production history and took an extensive tour of the facility.

Next, the Boilermakers traveled to Davenport, IA for a tour of their Forestry and Construction manufacturing division where they make road graders, frontend loaders, and log skidders.  Several John Deere employees, who also happen to be Purdue alums, joined the students for lunch and discussed their career paths. They ended the day at the John Deere World Headquarters where Chairman and CEO, and Purdue Alum, Samuel Allen, presented.  Mr. Allen talked about the John Deere Organization, his career path, and spent about 30 minutes answering student questions!

Olivia West, Sales and Marketing Junior (LaPorte, IN) stated, "Visiting the John Deere Headquarters was an incredible hands-on experience that allowed me access to an industry that interests me."  Josh Wagenbach, Agricultural Economics Sophomore (Wolcott, IN) shared, "To me it was interesting to see the factories making the many different types of equipment.  However, the thing that I enjoyed the most was going to their headquarters and meeting the CEO of John Deere. He seemed like a person that would be very easy to work with and very humble."


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