John Deere started in 1836 when John Deere moved to Illnois from heavy debt in Vermont. John opened up a factory and made parts for farmers. In these days people would see a product and pay for it then the blacksmith would make the product. John Deere got the idea to make his products ahead of time so when people saw them they could buy them right away…which many people did. John also sold steel plows while other blacksmiths were selling wooden or iron plows. The steel plows were stronger and could stand up to the constant abuse and strain. Another key move John made was to always be near railroads and transportation hubs such as the Mississippi River. Read more about the history of John Deere. Click the link.