John Deere Reman – Springfield finalized plans today to expand operations in the region by constructing a new facility in Strafford, MO. The expansion will create 55 new quality jobs over five years with $14 million in new capital investment to the area.

The 275,000 sq.ft. facility in the new Strafford Industrial Park will serve as the central core processing and storage location serving John Deere dealers in the United States. John Deere Reman – Springfield currently remanufactures equipment components at a plant in Partnership Industrial Center in northeast Springfield which will continue to operate and grow.

"This additional facility will enable the growth of John Deere's remanufacturing business. Remanufacturing is a proven process for recycling components into like-new parts for a highly desirable customer repair solution," said Don Flatau, General Manager, John Deere Reman.

Strafford Industrial Business Park is a 130 acre tract and is located inside the city of Strafford adjacent to Highway 125 and Highway OO, parallel to Interstate 44. "This industrial park will help facilitate growth in Strafford. We look forward to continued development and the presence of John Deere Reman in the community," said Mayor of Strafford, Barb Helvey.

John Deere Reman's selected site is included within the boundaries of the Strafford Enhanced Enterprise Zone which rewards job creation and investment with tax credits and tax abatements for companies operating within the boundaries of a zone. "The Enhanced Enterprise Zone program allows John Deere to confidently invest in Missouri with this new facility," added Flatau.

A key factor in John Deere Reman – Springfield's decision to expand its operations was the cooperative economic development efforts of the City of Strafford, the industrial park developers, Springfield Regional Economic Partnership (SREP), Springfield Partnership for Economic Development, and Missouri Department of Economic Development. "The combined resources of our regional economic development team assisting Don Flatau and the leadership team at John Deere Reman ensured this global company will continue to grow its successful remanufacturing endeavors in our region," said Tom Babik, president of the Springfield Business Development Corporation board of directors.

John Deere Reman-Springfield is a subsidiary of Deere & Company and was founded in 1998 through a joint venture with Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation. Springfield based Q & Company has been selected as the general contractor for the expansion.

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