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  • In Spain 100 Applicants For Each John Deere Job

    Posted on October 3, 2012 by John Deere Collector

    Wow! I guess everyone wants to be involved with John Deere! Sure am glad I'm not the one responsible for conducting 15,000 job interviews.

    This post was posted in John Deere News

  • John Deere Positioned For Success

    Posted on May 29, 2012 by John Deere Collector

    It's nice to see that, despite the strange economy and all the uncertainty, John Deere is still going strong.

    John Deere: Priced And Positioned For Success

    "John Deere (DE), the world's largest agricultural equipment manufacturer, reported strong second quarter sales and profit margin on the heals of an increased demand for equipment on the international front. DE has consistently outpaced estimates due ..."

    http://seekingalpha.com/article/612151-john-deere-priced-and-positioned-for-success

    Analysts credit Deere's innovation, versatility, and a commitment to strength for their excellent performance. (Personally, I think it's because John Deere toys are so appealing!)


    This post was posted in John Deere News

  • John Deere Toys Collector Restaurant

    Posted on November 17, 2011 by John Deere Collector

    If you're a John Deere toys lover, you'll want to visit Ye Old Country Kitchen in Snow Camp, North Carolina. John Deere toys line the walls, they're found on the shelves and in display cabinets. Along with the toy tractors, there are toy airplanes, John Deere trucks, and even a snow mobile.

    This post was posted in John Deere Toys

  • History of Ertl Toys

    Posted on December 30, 2010 by John Deere Collector

    john deereFred Ertl, Sr. is now known as the definitive pioneer of the toy tractor industry. But in 1945, he was contentedly going about his duties as a journeyman foundry molder.

    Fate took a hand when two unrelated events occurred simultaneously. Ertl was laid off from his job, and his son broke his John Deere toy tractor. When fixing the toy was impossible and replacing it was inconceivable, Ertl replicated it instead.

    Out of both serendipity and necessity, a cottage industry was born. Ertl decided to take a stab at selling his painstakingly made toy tractors. He made his business decisions based on the resources at hand, and his family helped out with the assembly and finishing.

    His choice of metal was based on the melting temperature of aluminum. Ertl’s 1,800 degree coal furnace generated more than enough heat to do the job. World War II’s aircraft industry kept him supplied in the defective pistons he needed as raw materials.

    The use of aluminum was a big change from the traditional use of iron for farm toys. Ertl’s toy tractors were an overnight sensation, and manufacturing farm toys became big business. His original John Deere Model A is in high demand today.

    Skip ahead three decades, to 1972, when Ertl began making plastic model kits. Five years later, Ertl’s son Joe established a company called Scale Models Toys, with its own attached manufacturing facility. He produces many brands of farm toys and tractors, including 1/8 scale, 1/4 scale pedal toys and 1/16 scale tractors.

    Meanwhile, Fred Ertl Sr. merged with Racing Champions, who make toys in sizes anywhere from 1/16 down to 1/87.

    The late 1970s to the mid 1980s were a turning point for “closeted” farm toy collectors. Fascinatingly, grown men who collected toys were shy about it. They couldn’t reject their hobby, but they were embarrassed to announce it to the world.

    Why was the stigma lifted? The hobby was changing and growing. Collectors were becoming more demanding. Fred Ertl Sr. was ready for them. He created a very successful and incredibly detailed Precision series. His company very wisely produced few of this line, so that it would become a rarity.

    Painstakingly made and true-to-life farm toys will be popular forever. Over the last two decades, Ertl, now renamed as RC2, has manufactured over 50 million molded metal toys. In 2010, the Ertl brand name triumphantly hit the 60-year mark.

    Photo by rocketlass


    This post was posted in John Deere Toys

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