Deere moves cotton harvesters from China to USA

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Deere & Company is investing $29.8 million to expand operations at its Thibodaux facility in Louisiana, USA. The expansion involves the development and installation of a new production line and upgraded equipment, which will allow the Thibodaux facility to begin producing medium-chassis cotton harvesting models that will replace existing models currently built in China.

“The new cotton harvesters present a huge opportunity for John Deere Thibodaux to deliver innovative and technologically advanced solutions to our customers, which will increase their productivity and profitability,” said Mike Duplantis, factory manager at John Deere Thibodaux.

The Thibodaux site currently serves as a design center for sugar harvesting and earth-moving scraper equipment, as well as a manufacturing facility for a variety of agriculture and construction products. Deere expects production of the new cotton harvesters to begin within the next two years and to reach full capacity by 2025.

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