John Deere Grows In Forsyth County, North Carolina

The company will invest about $70 million to build a 380,000-square-foot factory that will produce small excavators at its John Deere Kernersville campus.

In North Carolina, John Deere will invest about $70 million to expand its Kernersville campus with a 380,000-square-foot factory. The new factory will produce small, 6-10 metric ton, excavators and is expected to add about 150 new jobs. Currently, about 600 employees work at the Kernersville campus.

“Kernersville has been an ideal location for John Deere for more than 35 years. We are excited to further invest in our future generation excavator portfolio and grow our engaged team.”

— Steve Brewer, General Manager, John Deere Kernersville

“Kernersville has been an ideal location for John Deere for more than 35 years,” said Steve Brewer, General Manager, John Deere Kernersville. “We are excited to further invest in our future generation excavator portfolio and grow our engaged team.”

The company’s history of building excavators in Kernersville is supported by the city’s proximity to key markets and strong infrastructure with excellent connectivity to highways, seaports, and airports. With 50% of the North American small excavator industry located in the Southern U.S., Kernersville offers close proximity to customers and key suppliers.

John Deere Kernersville NC
John Deere manufactures branded, made-to-order hydraulic excavators at its state-of-the-art facilities in Kernersville, NC. (Photo: John Deere)

“We are excited about Deere and Company’s commitment to Kernersville,” commented Mark Owens, President and CEO of Greater Winston-Salem, Inc. “With a strong talent pipeline and large industry presence in advanced manufacturing in this area, we hope it is an easy decision for companies like John Deere to continue to locate and grow here.”

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Construction of the new Deere factory is expected to begin late this year.

“John Deere is an outstanding employer in Forsyth County, and we are happy to support increased operations at this location,” said Don Martin, Chair of the Forsyth County Commissioners. “The investment and new jobs generated by the project will benefit the County significantly and continue the momentum of our manufacturing industry growth.”

Last summer, John Deere Electric Powertrain LLC announced a $69.6 million investment to establish its North American headquarters and build a battery and charger manufacturing facility in Kernersville.

Watch the video below to see John Deere manufacture excavators at its Kernersville factory. 

 

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