Gov. Parson and other local dignitaries attend John Deere Reman announcement
April 23, 2021 - John Deere Reman's General Manager Jena Holtberg-Benge welcomed Governor Mike Parson and other local elected officials and dignitaries to an event today at which the company announced a large expansion project in Springfield, MO. Associated Industries of Missouri President and CEO Ray McCarty also attended the event.
John Deere Reman will consolidate its remanufacturing business and expand operations in Springfield as the company transitions a drivetrain and hydraulics manufacturing operation from Canada. The transition should be completed by October 2021 and will result in the addition of about 130 new jobs and more than $10 million in additional investment. This includes modifying two existing facilities and adding a new 130,000 square foot warehouse.
Governor Parson complimented the company on the expansion and talked about the importance of the Missouri Works program, other expansions across the state, Missouri's accomplishments with regard to the COVID-19 crisis response, and the shrinking unemployment rate in Missouri.
“John Deere Reman in Springfield is a major employer in the area, and we look forward to its continued success,” Governor Mike Parson said. “We appreciate John Deere’s continued investment in our state and commitment to providing more jobs and opportunities for Missourians.”
General Manager Jena Holtberg-Benge welcomed the crowd and spoke about the impact of remanufacturing on the environment. She said remanufacturing allows the conversion of millions of pounds of materials that would otherwise be an environmental liability into useful products.
“John Deere Reman is committed to helping our customers become more profitable and sustainable across the full lifecycle of our products,” said Holtberg-Benge. “By consolidating operations and creating a center of excellence in Springfield, the company is well positioned for future growth.”
"We congratulate John Deere Reman for their commitment to the State of Missouri and the Springfield area and welcome these new jobs and investment," said McCarty. "We are so pleased John Deere has chosen Missouri as the location for the consolidated operation," he said.
The event was attended by many elected officials and business and education leaders, including State Representative John Black, State Representative Alex Riley, Springfield Mayor Ken McClure, Springfield Chamber President Matt Morrow, Chancellor of Ozark Technical College Dr. Hal Higdon, and others.