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John Deere invests in new test lab at Iowa State University

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.

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