Deere to Close Canadian Forestry Facility

Posted on January 27, 2006

Deere & Co. said its manufacturing facility in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada, will close later this year. Production from the factory will move to existing Deere operations in Davenport and Dubuque, Ia. The Woodstock facility manufactures full-tree forestry products for Deere's Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division. Three hundred and twenty-five people work at the plant.

Deere said the move supports its “ongoing, company-wide effort to create more efficiency in its business operations.” It decided to consolidate this portion of its full-tree forestry equipment production into the existing facilities in Iowa after an internal study assessed the potential competitiveness of the current production arrangement. This action, Deere said, will reduce costs and further improve product delivery times, as well as enable plans to expand Deere's line-up of full-tree forestry products.