Business News for July: John Deere, Midwest Mole, Caterpillar, American Augers

July 2009 Vol. 64 No. 7
Griff Morris of FMI

A 34-year veteran of John Deere, Allen has been president of the Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division since 2005 and has been responsible for the global operations of John Deere Power Systems since 2003. Allen has served since 2001 as a senior officer of the company with early senior leadership responsibilities in human resources and industrial relations and the oversight of John Deere Credit’s global operations.

In addition, Allen has been responsible for the John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group and for Deere’s Advanced Technology and Innovation since 2007. Previously in his career, he worked in positions of increasing responsibility in many divisions within Deere.

Other senior executive moves include:

Michael Mack Jr., who has served as senior vice president and chief financial officer since 2006, to the position of president, Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division.

James Field, who until recently served as president of the Worldwide Commercial & Consumer Division and before that as vice president and comptroller of Deere & Company, to the position of senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Jean Gilles, who has served as senior vice president of John Deere Power Systems, to the senior officer position of senior vice president, John Deere Power Systems, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group, and Advanced Technology and Innovation.

In other Deere news, the company is using the CTT show in Moscow to announce two new Russian dealers and affirm its commitment to growing the Russian and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) markets.

The dealers, UST (Universal Spetstechnica), based in Moscow, and ACT (Agro-Construction Technologies), based in Krasnodar, will together cover much of Russia. UST’s territory will be the Central, Urals, Siberia and Volga Federal districts of Russia, while ACT will represent the Southern Federal district of Russia.

UST is already well known in the forklift and industrial equipment arena. ACT, which has also been a John Deere agricultural dealer, will service Sochi.

John Deere construction product offerings from UST and ACT in Russia will run the gamut, including the small (313 and 317 skid steers), the medium (J-Series backhoes, including a special side-shift 325J) and large production models (844K four-wheel drive loader, 872G grader, and 850J dozer with outside “C”-mount blade). Seven K-Series loaders and two articulated dump trucks will also be introduced to the market, as they have been in North America. www.deere.com