Deere & Co. will invest about $58 million to enhance operations at one of its long-time factories, John Deere Seeding in Moline.
The Moline-based equipment maker said Monday the investment will be made in conjunction with implementation of a new factory master plan designed to enhance the operation’s efficiency and quality.
Located on River Drive, John Deere Seeding manufactures planting equipment. Deere began making planting equipment in 1877 and has had operations at the John Deere Seeding location since 1879.
Deere said the improvements will include a new paint system and increased use of automation and robotics.
“This investment reflects the past success of John Deere Seeding and prepares the factory to further serve customers in the future,” John May, Deere’s president of Agricultural Solutions, said in a news release. “Deere continues to invest in facilities both in the U.S. and around the world to enhance our position as the world’s largest manufacturer of agricultural equipment.”
According to Deere spokesman Ken Golden, the investment will be focused on improving the factory’s workflow, which will allow it to produce equipment more efficiently and deliver higher quality products.
He said no new jobs are anticipated as a result of the new investment. John Deere Seeding currently has about 800 employees.
The work is expected to begin in 2013 and be completed by 2015.
Golden said Deere has been building new factories around the globe while investing in its existing operations. “More than half of our capital improvements are in the U.S. in the past fiscal year and this investment is representative of that.”
Two of Deere’s other Quad-City plants, John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline and John Deere Davenport Works, have undergone similar master plan improvements.
“Our employees at John Deere Seeding have served customers well and responded to the needs of the marketplace,” May added. “Our investments at John Deere Seeding are focused on helping agricultural equipment customers succeed in the important work of feeding the world.”
The Moline investment comes on the heels of another investment in the John Deere Seeding Group. Earlier this month, a $20 million plant expansion was announced for the John Deere factory in Valley City, N.D. An official groundbreaking is scheduled for today, Golden said.
A 100,000-square-feet addition is planned for that factory, where Deere produces air seeders and tillage equipment. It employs about 325 workers and expects to add up to 100 jobs with the expansion.