At John Deere, our more than 60,000 employees are committed to those linked to the land. We are a global company in size, but responsive to the needs of our local customers. The diverse backgrounds, talents and perspectives of our employees help our customers meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Our employees live by the core values of integrity, quality, commitment and innovation. And they are rewarded for the meaningful work they do each day.
We manufacture, distribute, and finance a complete line of equipment used in agriculture, construction, forestry, and turf care. We also manufacture engines and other powertrain components for John Deere equipment and other manufacturers. And, we provide credit and other services to customers around the world.
For many, their local John Deere dealership is John Deere. And it's a worldwide network of independent dealers. We support those dealers through a marketing organization with offices in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the United States, and Uruguay.
You'll find John Deere factories all around the world: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Mexico, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. We also work with affiliated companies that produce John Deere products in the United States and South America.
Our founder, John Deere, understood the value of research and development. History has shown that his company continued to invest heavily in new products and services, through good times and bad. So it is today. Investments are divided among support for current product improvements, new product development, and the search for new product-oriented businesses.
Visit a John Deere factory and, most likely, you'll find a product engineering department. It's responsible for the design and development of their factory's products. In addition, the Moline Technology Innovation Center, Moline, Illinois also handles research and development activities.
Today, Deere & Company is one of the world's most admired businesses. But in 1837, John Deere, blacksmith and inventor, had little more than a blacksmith shop, a discarded steel saw, and an idea that would help farmers, changing the face of agriculture for all time.
No matter who you are … what race, what religion, what gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation … you are welcomed at John Deere. Here, we know the value of bringing together diverse ideas. We embrace a culture that is accepting and understanding. And we work to include individuals who fit with that culture. It's a culture that reflects our global market, widens our business opportunities, attracts the best talent, and breathes life into the best teamwork.