John Deere and the city of Olathe, Kan., last week announced that John Deere will build a new marketing and sales center in northwest Olathe. The 126,150-square-foot facility will house more than 400 marketing professionals who provide support and service to John Deere sales branches and agricultural dealerships in the U.S. and Canada.
"This state-of-the-art facility will meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Certification, Gold Level," said John Lagemann, vice president of agricultural equipment, sales for U.S. and Canada. "It will provide an exceptional working environment for our employees who work in our industry-leading marketing organization. We're proud of our commitment to the greater Kansas City area — a geographic, cultural center for agriculture."
John Deere is making this move from an older, two-building facility to fully support the future growth in sales and market share of agricultural equipment throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Tim Merrett, John Deere's vice president of agricultural equipment and marketing said the marketing center will use new technology in construction to support efforts to build according to greener, cleaner environmental standards.
Construction for the new facility will begin this fall and is expected to be completed in early 2010.
Moline, Ill.-based John Deere is the world's leading provider of advanced products and services for agriculture and forestry and a major provider of advanced products and services for construction, lawn and turf care, landscaping and irrigation.