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John Deere Foundry Tour

February 12, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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John Deere Foundry
200 Westfield Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50701

John Deere Foundry Tour

John Deere Foundry is a gray and ductile iron foundry that supports highly cored and highly complex castings primarily for the Large Tractor Platform at John Deere, but also does work for other sister factories in Ag & Turf, as well as the Construction and Power Systems Divisions.


The Foundry began construction of the gray iron Foundry in 1970 and poured the first gray iron molds on the 801 mold line in October 1972.  In 1975, construction began on the second gray iron line, 802.  In 1978, construction began on the 803 mold unit.  In 1992, the 802 gray iron mold unit was converted to a ductile iron unit by adding additional cooling time for molds and adding the capability of ductile iron treatment stations on the pouring line.  In 1997, the smaller and less efficient 803 molding unit was decommissioned.  Our Foundry was originally built as a block and head Foundry and has changed drastically since its conception 40 years ago.  In 2012, we started up 804 molding unit, which is a gray and ductile combined line designed for larger castings that had become large enough in design that they could no longer fit inside the envelope of 801 and 802 flasks.


Even if you have been to an iron foundry before, chances are good that the parts produced at the John Deere Foundry are much larger than elsewhere.


Location:        John Deere Foundry

                        2000 Westfield Ave

                        Waterloo, IA 50701

Date:               February 12th, 2019

                        Tour with start promptly at 2:00 pm

Cost:                Free

Please sign up, we are allowed 20 people maximum.   


Safety requirements when in the Manufacturing Plant:

  1. No open toed or high heel shoes (preferably a heel no taller than a boot heel) We will be wearing steel covers over our shoes for metatarsal safety. If you have safety shoes with metatarsal protection, wear them and you won’t need to wear the covers.
  2. Long pants, no skirts
  3. We will be provided (in addition to the metatarsal covers for shoes) Safety glasses, hard hat, ear plugs and a fire-retardant jacket.


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