Grand Opening Scheduled for John Deere Collectors 'Clubhouse'

John Deere Collectors Center and Moline Tractor & Plow Co. Schedule Grand

Opening Celebration for August 10-11



Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from John Deere

    MOLINE, Ill., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Enthusiasts, historians, and
 curiosity-seekers have visited the Quad Cities for years to learn more about
 the company named after John Deere.  And now visitors know when they'll have a
 chance to see the Moline Tractor & Plow Co., the latest addition to the
 popular John Deere Commons in downtown Moline, Ill.
     Grand opening for the facility has been set for August 10-11.  The Moline
 Tractor and Plow Co. is the living history exhibit of the John Deere
 Collectors Center -- the premier membership association for enthusiasts
 interested in the nostalgia and legacy of John Deere and the collection of
 early John Deere tractors, equipment and memorabilia.
     "The John Deere Collectors Center was developed to honor millions of John
 Deere enthusiasts worldwide," said Don Margenthaler, president of the John
 Deere Foundation and the Center's general manager.  "With so many dedicated
 and interested followers, it was time to create an atmosphere and facility to
 meet the needs and interests of John Deere collectors.  The Collectors Center
 and the Moline Tractor & Plow Co. will provide John Deere fans with
 opportunities and information to make their collecting much more enjoyable,"
 he added.
     The Moline Tractor & Plow Co. is the heart and soul of the Collectors
 Center.  The facility replicates a 1950s-era John Deere dealership and is
 expected to draw tens of thousands to the Quad Cities each year from points
 around the globe.
     The building that will house the Moline Tractor and Plow Co., located at
 17th Street and River Drive in Moline, Ill., is currently under restoration
 and is slated for completion by early July.  Activities will begin soon after
 completion but the official grand opening celebration is planned for August 10
 and 11.
     The August celebration will coincide with the John Deere Collectors Center
 second annual "All Green" antique auction.  In addition, the grand opening
 celebration will replicate a John Deere Day from the late 1950s, including an
 antique tractor show, an old-fashioned barbeque, clowns and musical
 entertainment.
     "This new exhibit will extend the John Deere experience for our guests.
 After learning about the past, present and future of the company and
 agriculture at the John Deere Pavilion, many guests are hungry for more.  They
 want to learn also about our historical roots and the vast collection of older
 John Deere machines," said LuAnn Haydon, who manages the John Deere Pavilion
 and other facilities of the John Deere Foundation.  "We expect this new
 attraction will draw an additional 150,000 to the John Deere Commons each
 year," she added.
     The Moline Tractor & Plow Co. will consist of five major departments: a
 showroom with vintage tractors on display, an over-the-counter parts
 department, an interactive restoration area, an open display center showcasing
 tractors and implements, and a specialty retail shop.
     Operating as a clearinghouse of information, the John Deere Collectors
 Center will provide access to a variety of information, including a library of
 books and literature on John Deere tractors, equipment, and parts.  An on-site
 researcher will also be available to access historical information for
 Collectors Center members.
     "This facility is for enthusiasts of all kinds," said Jeff McManus,
 manager of the Moline Tractor & Plow Co.  "Not only will collectors find
 antique equipment and parts, but they'll find John Deere memorabilia of all
 kinds," he added.
     According to McManus, the dealership's services will help collectors
 obtain parts and information that can be difficult to find, and will assist
 with restoration questions.  "Guests can expect that our on-site experts will
 give them tips and instructions to help them with their own special
 restoration projects," McManus said.
     John Deere enthusiasts who sign up for John Deere Collectors Center
 membership gain access to services not available to the general public.  Three
 membership levels exist, each with different benefits.  Members will also
 receive a subscription to the Center's monthly John Deere TRADITION magazine.
     The Moline Tractor & Plow Co. will be open, free of charge, seven days a
 week.  For more information about membership to the John Deere Collectors
 Center membership or about a visit to the Moline Tractor & Plow Co., please
 call 800-240-5265 or log onto http://www.JohnDeereCollectorsCtr.com
 
 

SOURCE John Deere
    MOLINE, Ill., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Enthusiasts, historians, and
 curiosity-seekers have visited the Quad Cities for years to learn more about
 the company named after John Deere.  And now visitors know when they'll have a
 chance to see the Moline Tractor & Plow Co., the latest addition to the
 popular John Deere Commons in downtown Moline, Ill.
     Grand opening for the facility has been set for August 10-11.  The Moline
 Tractor and Plow Co. is the living history exhibit of the John Deere
 Collectors Center -- the premier membership association for enthusiasts
 interested in the nostalgia and legacy of John Deere and the collection of
 early John Deere tractors, equipment and memorabilia.
     "The John Deere Collectors Center was developed to honor millions of John
 Deere enthusiasts worldwide," said Don Margenthaler, president of the John
 Deere Foundation and the Center's general manager.  "With so many dedicated
 and interested followers, it was time to create an atmosphere and facility to
 meet the needs and interests of John Deere collectors.  The Collectors Center
 and the Moline Tractor & Plow Co. will provide John Deere fans with
 opportunities and information to make their collecting much more enjoyable,"
 he added.
     The Moline Tractor & Plow Co. is the heart and soul of the Collectors
 Center.  The facility replicates a 1950s-era John Deere dealership and is
 expected to draw tens of thousands to the Quad Cities each year from points
 around the globe.
     The building that will house the Moline Tractor and Plow Co., located at
 17th Street and River Drive in Moline, Ill., is currently under restoration
 and is slated for completion by early July.  Activities will begin soon after
 completion but the official grand opening celebration is planned for August 10
 and 11.
     The August celebration will coincide with the John Deere Collectors Center
 second annual "All Green" antique auction.  In addition, the grand opening
 celebration will replicate a John Deere Day from the late 1950s, including an
 antique tractor show, an old-fashioned barbeque, clowns and musical
 entertainment.
     "This new exhibit will extend the John Deere experience for our guests.
 After learning about the past, present and future of the company and
 agriculture at the John Deere Pavilion, many guests are hungry for more.  They
 want to learn also about our historical roots and the vast collection of older
 John Deere machines," said LuAnn Haydon, who manages the John Deere Pavilion
 and other facilities of the John Deere Foundation.  "We expect this new
 attraction will draw an additional 150,000 to the John Deere Commons each
 year," she added.
     The Moline Tractor & Plow Co. will consist of five major departments: a
 showroom with vintage tractors on display, an over-the-counter parts
 department, an interactive restoration area, an open display center showcasing
 tractors and implements, and a specialty retail shop.
     Operating as a clearinghouse of information, the John Deere Collectors
 Center will provide access to a variety of information, including a library of
 books and literature on John Deere tractors, equipment, and parts.  An on-site
 researcher will also be available to access historical information for
 Collectors Center members.
     "This facility is for enthusiasts of all kinds," said Jeff McManus,
 manager of the Moline Tractor & Plow Co.  "Not only will collectors find
 antique equipment and parts, but they'll find John Deere memorabilia of all
 kinds," he added.
     According to McManus, the dealership's services will help collectors
 obtain parts and information that can be difficult to find, and will assist
 with restoration questions.  "Guests can expect that our on-site experts will
 give them tips and instructions to help them with their own special
 restoration projects," McManus said.
     John Deere enthusiasts who sign up for John Deere Collectors Center
 membership gain access to services not available to the general public.  Three
 membership levels exist, each with different benefits.  Members will also
 receive a subscription to the Center's monthly John Deere TRADITION magazine.
     The Moline Tractor & Plow Co. will be open, free of charge, seven days a
 week.  For more information about membership to the John Deere Collectors
 Center membership or about a visit to the Moline Tractor & Plow Co., please
 call 800-240-5265 or log onto http://www.JohnDeereCollectorsCtr.com
 
 SOURCE  John Deere