John Deere recently marked a manufacturing milestone with the completion of the 500,000th unit built at the Turf Care factory in Fuquay-Varina, N.C. The unit, a John Deere ZTrak Mower, was celebrated by the entire factory and will be on display at several upcoming local events.
“Producing the 500,000th machine is a significant milestone for John Deere and our whole Turf Care team,” said Rosalind Fox, factory manager of John Deere Turf Care. “We are proud of the legacy we’ve built as a company and the work our team puts into every piece of equipment we produce. It’s a special day for the factory, the town of Fuquay-Varina and John Deere customers everywhere.”
In 1997 the factory produced its first unit — a Lightweight Fairway Mower. Today, Turf Care produces 10 different models of commercial mowing and golf equipment that are distributed throughout North America and exported to more than 100 countries. Commercial mowing and golf equipment products manufactured by Turf Care include the Wide Area Mower, Front Mower, Gas and Diesel ZTrak Mowers, Trim and Surround Mower, Fairway Mower, Greens Mower, ProGator and 7-Iron Decks.
The Turf Care facility occupies more than 335,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space on Highway 55 in Fuquay-Varina and operates a 320,000 square foot distribution warehouse in Benson, N.C. for raw parts and finished goods.
“We’ve made great strides since our early production days in 1997, increasing our product portfolio from one model to many across the commercial mowing and golf landscape,” said Fox. “Our goal from the start was to design and build equipment for our customers that deliver the quality and value they’ve come to expect from John Deere.”
John Deere Turf Care builds commercial mowers and golf equipment that are popular with homeowners, professional landscape contractors, commercial users, municipalities, golf courses, and sports turf operations.