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Deere Reshoring Cotton Harvester Production Back from China

Written by Laura Miller

Investing further in its US operations, agricultural and heavy equipment manufacturer Deere & Co. is reshoring production of a certain cotton harvester model back from China.

The steel end user is expanding its operations in Thibodaux, La., with a $29.8 million investment, according to a news release from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.

A new production line and upgraded equipment will be installed at the Thibodaux facility in Lafourche Parish to produce medium-chassis cotton harvesting equipment that is currently being manufactured in China. Production on the new line will begin within the next two years with full production expected to be reached by 2025.

The Thibodaux facility currently manufactures a variety of agricultural and construction products and is a design center for sugar harvesting and earthmoving scraper equipment. It currently employs 284 people, and the expansion project will add another 70 new direct jobs.

Deere & Co. is a 185-year-old manufacturing company headquartered in Moline, Ill., with more than 100 locations around the world.

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