News Releases   August 19, 2016

John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum Opens New Exhibit Highlighting Critical Safety Feature for Agricultural Tractors

WATERLOO, Iowa (August 19, 2016) – The John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum in Waterloo, Iowa announced today it will open a new exhibit called:
A Leader In Safety: John Deere and the Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) as it commemorates the 50th anniversary of the safety feature for agricultural tractors it patented in 1969. The exhibit will officially open on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 and will include a 1977 Model 6030 tractor featuring ROPS as well as video and graphic components detailing how the company led the way in providing this important safety feature to the marketplace.

"The role John Deere played in the development of ROPS for agricultural tractors is an important part of our history," said Dawn Hendershot, manager of the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum. "John Deere played a key role in developing industry-wide safety standards and worked to promote a culture of safety for the men and women who use this equipment every day. In fact, the company donated the patent to other companies to further promote safety in the industry. Today, it's being used in fields, forests, and on construction sites around the world and we look forward to telling this story at the Museum."

The exhibit will be located in the Museum's Product Spotlight area and will be featured until Fall of 2017.

The John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum is open to visitors Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults ages 13-61 and $4 for seniors, active duty military, John Deere employees and retirees. Children ages 12 and under accompanied by an adult can enjoy the museum for free. For more information about tours and the museum visit or call 319-292-6126.

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