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John Deere Party Supplies have arrived! Remember, “Nothing Runs Like a Deere” and nothing will run better than your party after you decorate it with these powerful Deere-themed party napkins, plates, toys and other birthday supplies. If your special one has a love for machinery, they’re certain to love this traditional and spectacular green and yellow American favorite!
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Deere & Company was founded in Grand Detour, Illinois in 1836 by John Deere (of course). John Deere, having been born in Rutland Vermont, was a blacksmith by trade, and moved to Illinois in part to escape a bankruptcy. He repaired and manufactured tools for the local populace.
John Deere developed his first breakthrough when he developed the cast-steel plow. Previously, most plows had been made of wood or iron and were much less durable than steel. Also, the wood and/or iron plow were less smooth and required much more frequent cleaning to work properly. Later, his business would benefit when he began pre-producing steel plows before they had been sold, which was a dramatic break from the typical practice of only manufacturing a product after someone had purchased it. This allowed the customers to review the plow before purchase and greatly increased sales.
In 1842, Deere partnered with Leonard Andrus and together they purchased land and built a larger factory in Rock River, Illinois. Later, in 1848, despite the business’ success, Deere would dissolve the partnership to move closer to the railroad and the Mississippi River in Moline, Illinois. At this time, he formed another partnership with Robert Tate and John Gould. Production at this new facility grew quickly.
In 1853, John Deere would again buy out his partners in order to make room for his son, Charles Deere. The business continued to grow until a financial downturn in 1858. To stay solvent, John Deere reorganized and sold his shares to his son and to his son-in-law Christopher Webber. Together, these two would take on most of the management concerns of the company.
In 1868, the company was incorporated as Deere & Company and John Deere served as President until his death in 1886. After that, Charles became the President where he continued to grow sales and the independent dealers’ network that he had started in 1869.
Today, Deere & Company employs almost 50,000 people and operates in countries all over the world. While they have facilities in numerous locations, its administrative center remains in Moline, Illinois. Still, primarily known for its tractors and other equipment, you will occasionally find the John Deere name on licensed products such as (you guessed it) John Deere party supplies.
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