2012 News Releases and Information
John Deere Pavilion Celebrates Grand Reopening
Transformation includes new exhibits highlighting company's global reach and commitment to those linked to the land
MOLINE, Illinois (February 15, 2012) –Today the John Deere Pavilion reopens to the public following a near total transformation of the visitor experience. The renovation coincides with the 15th anniversary of the Pavilion and the year-long celebration of the founding of John Deere's company 175 years ago. The new experience offers an up-close look at the company's global businesses and products, rich history and heritage, and solutions for the challenges of providing food and infrastructure to the world's growing population. Interactive displays, original artifacts, and a variety of media engage visitors in a fun and exciting learning environment for the whole family.
"Today we reopen the doors to the John Deere Pavilion and offer the public a fresh, exciting, and entertaining experience where guests can learn more about how we are all linked to the land," said Samuel R. Allen, chairman and chief executive officer of Deere & Company. "The Pavilion will provide a superb destination for customers, employees, and fans to celebrate their personal connection to John Deere."
See, Hear, and Feel the New Experience
Visitors will also see previous concept machines explored by the company, now on display for the first time at the Pavilion. These machines were produced to test and evaluate new technologies and designs, elements of which are now used in current products.
Machine simulators give visitors a chance to try their skills at operating an excavator or crawler dozer in a fun learning environment that looks, sounds, and feels very much like the actual machines when they are in operation. The simulators are the same ones used to train professional operators.
Other New Exhibit Details:
One carry-over from the previous Pavilion line-up is the film, "Anthem: A Song of the Land." This awe-inspiring film, presented in high-definition, salutes the dedicated work of farm families worldwide.
Following an eight-week closure, the facility reopened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with several special guests and local officials in attendance.
To best accommodate guests the first week of operation, the John Deere Pavilion is extending its hours to 7:00 p.m. February 15 – 17.
The John Deere Pavilion is a free attraction and is open year-round. The John Deere Store, located adjacent to the Pavilion, stocks a large selection of the latest officially-licensed John Deere products including clothing, toys, books and collectibles. For more information about the John Deere Pavilion, Store and other John Deere Attractions, visit www.JohnDeereAttractions.com or visit us on Facebook.
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