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Source: John Deere Technology Innovation Center news release

The John Deere Technology Innovation Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Research Park will double in size, the foundation announced Friday.

The expansion is to "accommodate growth and further leverage the skills and knowledge of faculty and students in the areas of agriculture, business, engineering, and information technology," representatives said in a news release.

The center employs students and full-time professionals to advance innovation, research and information technology for John Deere.

"Innovation is at the core of what John Deere has stood for in its entire 176-year history," said John Reid, director of product technology and innovation.

"Our customers depend on Deere to develop innovative solutions that enhance their productivity. Our work with strategic university partners, such as the University of Illinois, helps us deliver these integrated solutions for John Deere customers."

Through the center and the relationship with the university, officials said Deere gains access to students and academic experts in the areas of engineering, agronomy, computer science, statistics, industrial design, psychology and information library sciences.

"Expanding the technology innovation facility at the University of Illinois enhances John Deere's capability to lead innovation efforts in technology and engineering," said Klaus Hoehn, vice president of advanced technology and engineering at Deere. "In addition, this effort helps John Deere attract highly skilled talent from a leading university."

The expansion provides needed space to further integrate undergraduate and graduate students working on John Deere's technology efforts.

"From their first days in the Research Park, John Deere has been a valued partner to the students and faculty the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a catalyst for ongoing social and economic development in the local community," Chancellor Phyllis Wise said.

"Whether through their employment of our students or their engagement with our researchers, their presence here has made Illinois a more productive university and a more attractive home for new staff and faculty. We are pleased to see this relationship grow even stronger with this expansion of the John Deere Technology Innovation Center at our Research Park."

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