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John Deere Pavilion

John Deere Pavilion, Moline, Illinois

The John Deere Pavilion in Moline welcomed its four-millionth guest last week.

Just before 10 a.m. Wednesday, Kurt Snow of Streator unknowingly walked into the 21-year-old Deere attraction with his 3-year-old son, and was greeted with the news he was the four-millionth visitor, plus several Deere gifts.

According to a news release, Snow's family has deep connections with the Deere brand.

"My 91-year-old grandfather owns five tractors, one of which is a 1941 Model B that my great-grandfather purchased new," he said. "We actually restored all five of his tractors to running condition over the past year and participated in the Streator Fourth of July Parade with them. My grandfather was the mechanic while I did the painting and procured the decals."

The John Deere Pavilion opened in 1997 and has become one of the top attractions in the Quad-Cities. 

Gordmans begins holiday hiring

Apparel and home decor retailer Gordmans is hiring hundreds of seasonal associates for the holiday shopping season.

From 3 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10, Gordmans will host a job fair at each of its 63 store locations, including those in the Quad-Cities, according to a news release. The company is seeking seasonal sales associates, stockroom associates and cashiers.

Interested candidates can learn more at

Clinton biodiesel facility under new ownership

HERO BX has acquired the former Clinton County Biodiesel facility.

Last month, the company purchased the assets of the facility from Tenaska Commodities, LLC, according to a news release. 

HERO BX founder and CEO Samuel Black said in the release that it will be the company's second facility in Iowa, following a tolling arrangement at the Iowa Renewable Energy facility in Washington in May.

"We are bullish on biodiesel and all Iowa has to offer," executive vice president of business development Tim Keaveney said in the release. "It is a terrific market, feedstock is plentiful, and Iowa along with neighboring state Illinois have tax incentives in place for biodiesel. It's a very attractive geography to produce and sell biodiesel."

Senior Star ranks among best workplaces for aging services

Senior Star, with a Davenport facility, has been ranked third on Fortune magazine's first-ever list of 50 Best Workplaces for Aging Services.

"Landing in the number three spot on Fortune's list serves as a poignant moment for our company," CEO Anja Rogers said in a news release. "It’s a heartwarming expression of the way associates who choose to unite and serve with Senior Star feel about coming to work every day. This recognition is also a great reminder of Senior Star’s long-held belief that we must excel in keeping our culture alive as we grow."

Locally, Senior Star at Elmore Place in Davenport is one of 14 retirement communities nationwide operated by the Tulsa-based Senior Star. The company employs around 1,300 people, according to the release.

Sarah Ritter

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