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John Deere museum on target for June opening

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WATERLOO, Iowa --- Construction and planning for the John Deere Waterloo Tractor and Engine Museum are moving forward and a June opening date is expected to be accomplished.

“Construction is going very well, and the exhibit design is complete,” said Dawn Hendershot, project manager. “Currently the fabrication company is working on the exhibits.”

The museum, located at 400 Westfield Ave., will include exhibits such as “John Deere Into the World,” “Working the Land,” “The Making of a Tractor,” “On the Job,” “Product Spotlight” and “Storyline.”

“We are renovating more than 27,000 square feet,” Hendershot said. “The galleries will be approximately 15,000 square feet.

“We are working with our brand management, research and exhibit design and fabrication teams to develop a floor plan and an experience that will be educational, fun and engaging,” she said. “Our hope is to teach visitors about the design and manufacturing of John Deere tractors and engines in Iowa’s Cedar Valley.”

Deere has pursued the museum project for a number of reasons, Hendershot said.

“As a catalyst for the TechWorks campus, to utilize a Deere-owned building, and to celebrate the customers, employees and brand,” she said.

The museum will be open to the public, and an admission fee will be charged. Rates and package details are still being worked out.

An exact opening date has not been determined, Hendershot said.

“We are still confirming details,” she said.

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