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1836 John Deere opens a blacksmith shop in Grand Detour, Illinois.
1837 Fabricates a steel plow.
1838 – 1842 Develops and refines his plow manufacturing business.
1842 Deere forms a partnership with Leonard Andrus. The L. Andrus Plough Manufacturing Company is established in Rock River, Ill.
1848 The Deere/Andrus partnership ends and Deere moves to Moline, Ill. John Deere forms a partnership with Robert Tate and John Gould. Deere, Tate, & Gould manufacture plows.
1853 Deere buys out Tate & Gould and his son Charles joins the business. Deere is now producing a variety of farm implements.
1858 The panic of 1857 caused a steep decline in agricultural prices. Sale of implements decline sharply in 1858 forcing Deere to reorganize. Deere sells his interest to his son and son-in-law but remains president of the company until 1886.
1886 Reorganization and name change to Deere & Company.
1912 Deere enters tractor business.
1918 Deere purchases the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company.
1923 The model D is introduced. Deere drops Waterloo Boy.
1933 Introduction of the Model A
1935 The model BN is introduced. 1935-1940
1938 Model L unstyled, styled A & B
1939 Model L styled
1941 Model LA
1949 Model R
1952 Last year for the model B.
1956 Buys Lanz AG.