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John Deere The history of
In 1837 John Deere fashioned a polished-steel plow in his Grand Detour, Illinois, blacksmith shop. 1842 John Deere added retailing to his business, filling ordered for the Patent Cary Plow. In 1863 the company made the Hawkeye Riding Cultivator, the first Deere implement adapted for riding. In the following year John Deere obtained the company's first actual patent for moulds used in casting steel plows. Another followed in a few months and a third the next year. In 1874 despite economic problems among farmers, the Deere business growed. More than 50,000 plows are sold. In 1875 Gilpin Moore develops the Gilpin Sulky Plow. It took the farmer off his feet, put him on a seat, and became one of the company's most successful 19th-century products. In 1878 The Gilpin Sulky Plow defeated 50 other plowed in a field trial at the Paris Universal Exposition, won the first place Sevres vase valued at 1,000 francs. In 1880 Wagons entered the product line early in the decade. The five best-selling producted between 1879 and 1883 are walking plows, Gilpin sulkies, cultivators, shovel plows, and harrows. In 1889 the company's five key branched are in place at Kansas City, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Council Bluffs/Omaha and San Francisco. In 1918 after years of investigating tractor production, Deere bought the maker of Waterloo Boy tractors. The tractor became the company's basic product. In 1923 Deere launched the Model "D."" In 1934 ""A"" Tractor entered production. A similar but smaller Model ""B"" followed in 1935. Model ""L"" Series Tractors, built from 1936 to 1946 at Wagon Works in Moline, enjoyed an enormous boost in sales after Henry Dreyfuss' styling. In 1947 the new John Deere Dubuque Works builded the Model ""M"" Tractor. Two years later, equipped with a tracked undercarriage, the ""M"" becomes available as a crawler, called the ""MC."" This heralded the Worldwide Construction Equipment Division. When a front blade is added, it became the ""M"" bulldozer. In 1949 Deere's first diesel-powered unit, the Model ""R"" Tractor, entered production. 4 years later the Model 70 is launched as the largest row-crop tractor to date. Initially available with gasoline, all-fuel, or LP-gas engine, it became the first diesel row-crop tractor. In 1957 six-row planters and cultivators, John Deere innovations, reached the market. In 1980 a 4-row cotton picker, an industry first, is introduced. Field tested indicate it will increase an operator's productivity by 85 to 95 percent. In 1996 four mid-priced lawn tractors and two walk-behind mowers branded ""Sabre by John Deere"" introduced company products to a broad new market. In 2011 Deere is listed among the 50 most-admired companies by Fortune magazine and ranked as one of the 100 best global brands by a leading brand-consulting firm. As of 2014, Deere & Company employed approximately 67,000 people worldwide, of which half are in the United States and Canada, and is the largest agriculture machinery company in the world. As of 2016, the company experimented with an electric farm tractor."