Deere to Invest in South American Operations

Approximately $80 million will be invested in agricultural manufacturing and parts distribution operations in Brazil.

Construction and agricultural equipment maker Deere & Co. announced today that it will invest approximately $80 million in its agricultural manufacturing and parts distribution operations in Brazil to increase manufacturing capacity for both tractors and combines as well as to improve service to customers.

The investments were being made in its combine and planter factory in Horizontina, its tractor factory in Montenegro, and for the development of a new parts distribution center in Campinas.

"South America is an important market for John Deere," said Mark von Pentz, president of the company's agricultural division for Europe, Africa, South America and global harvesting equipment sourcing. "These investments will assist Deere as we continue to enhance our market position in this important region."

The investments will allow Deere to increase manufacturing capacity by approximately 35% in its Horizontina and Montenegro factories. The funds will improve manufacturing flexibility, optimize the use of assets and improve aspects of the factory layout and assembly lines. Investments will also assist suppliers to improve capacity and logistics.

All projects are expected to be substantially complete in 2009, and include include the creation of a parts distribution center to improve service to the company's growing dealership network across Brazil and other portions of South America.

They add to Deere's recent series of announced actions to meet the continued worldwide demand for agricultural equipment, including additional manufacturing capacity in Waterloo, Iowa, for high horsepower tractors and in East Moline, Illinois, for combine harvesting equipment.

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