Deere & Co. featured on “Modern Marvels” TV Show | State


Deere & Co. will be featured in an upcoming episode of “Modern Marvels” on the History Channel.

Holly McAvoy, of Geneseo, senior public relations and social media manager at Deere & Co., said independent producers from A&E reached out to Deere as they planned to relaunch “Modern Marvels” on the History Channel. This season has a new host, Adam Richman, of “Man vs. Food” fame, and the show will feature heavy-duty American-made equipment.

The episode will air at 9 p.m. on Sunday, August 1.

“Knowing that we have some of the coolest and toughest construction equipment made in our home community at Davenport Works, we thought this would be a good opportunity to showcase John Deere construction equipment and the great people who make them, ”McAvoy said. “We suggested specifically highlighting our product line of graders, because of the innovation John Deere introduced and because of the required build quality that our skilled workforce provides every day. “

Filming took place in March, so the team followed COVID-19 safety precautions by wearing masks and having the team tested from out of town before surrendering. McAvoy said the production company had reduced the team to a minimum, but there were still 10 people from Chicago, New York and Los Angeles at the plant.

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Richman spent two days at Davenport Works learning about the John Deere SmartGrade grader and having the opportunity to see the bucket installed on the massive 944K hybrid wheel loader built at the factory, McAvoy said.

“It was exciting for Davenport Works to be filmed for such a respected show and for our employees to be recognized for their innovative ideas and commitment to creating quality products for our customers,” said Mary Pat Tubb, Director General of Davenport Works. . “Our employees take pride in what they do, and it showed during filming.”

“The employees got to see what they’re doing and how cool it is through the eyes of Adam Richman and the production team,” Tubb said.

Richman and the crew also filmed at the John Deere construction and forestry training campus in Coal Valley, where he got to experience what it’s like to drive a grader, McAvoy said.

“He gave the machine a try and learned how to move the blade while operating the grader.


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