John Deere has entered pop culture - its equipment models and branded clothing are considered cool and desirable - and not just among farmers.
John Deere Profile
Deere & Company, usually known by its brand name John Deere (NYSE: DE ), is based in Moline, Illinois. Deere & Company is the leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery in the world. In 2010, it was listed as 107th in the Fortune 500 ranking.
Carl Westby coined the phrase "Nothing Runs Like a Deere" for a marketing campaign to sell snowmobiles and it grew to become the slogan for the whole company. Many Deere products sport a distinct shade of green paint, usually augmented by yellow trim.
John Deere History
John Deere was a blacksmith born in Vermont. In financial difficulty he sold his business to his father-in-law and moved to Illinois where as the only blacksmith in the area he did well. Deere invented and started mass producing a steel plow in 1837 that eventually was credited with "breaking the west". His commitment to quality - only putting his name on the best equipment - still guides the business Deere founded.
John Deere Gifts
There are many scale models of equipment available online or from John Deere Dealers. There is also an inexhaustible list of branded merchandise available from baby blankets to pink water bottles. Here are some of the classier and more unusual branded items that would be suitable for a gift.
Deere and Company Stock as a Gift
Perhaps the coolest Deere & Company gift is the gift of the company itself. It is easy to get a single actual registered share of Deere & Company stock as a gift. The shares have the owner's name listed with a certificate number, making every share 100% unique. The certificates are signed by company officers and feature an engraved portrait of John Deere himself.
Once a shareholder, the recipient will receive Deere & Company annual reports, dividends, and are entitled to vote on corporate shareholder matters like electing the board of directors. Being a shareholder also permits free entry to the company's Annual Stockholder Meeting.
The Deere & Company shares can be framed in a variety of styles, and if you like, a little custom plaque can be added below the certificate to express some sentiment or best wishes.
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