Deere & Co. will be featured in an upcoming episode of “Modern Marvels” on the History Channel.
Geneseo’s Holly McAvoy, senior public relations and social media manager at Deere & Co., said independent producers at A&E contacted Deere when they planned to relaunch “Modern Marvels” on the History Channel. This season has a new host, Adam Richman, of “Man vs. Food,” and the show will feature American-made heavy 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 right in our community at Davenport Works, we thought this would be a great opportunity to showcase John Deere construction equipment and the great people making it,” McAvoy said. “We suggested highlighting our motor grader product line in particular, because of the innovation introduced by John Deere and the requisite build quality that our skilled workforce delivers every day. »
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Filming took place in March, so the crew followed COVID-19 safety precautions by wearing masks and having the crew tested from out of town before turning up. McAvoy said the production company had reduced the crew to a minimum, but there were still 10 people from Chicago, New York and Los Angeles at the factory.
Richman spent two days at Davenport Works to learn about the John Deere SmartGrade motor grader and get a chance to see the bucket installed on the massive factory-built 944K hybrid wheel loader, 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.”
“Employees got to see what they do 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 operating a grader, McAvoy said.
“He tested the machine and learned how to move the blade while operating the grader.”