West Carroll Junior and Senior FFA Members tour John Deere Harvester Works and MTI

Fifty West Carroll junior and senior FFA Members pose for a photo during their tour of the John Deere Harvester Works Plant in East Moline on March 5. Photo supplied by Don Mathey
Fifty West Carroll junior and senior FFA Members pose for a photo during their tour of the John Deere Harvester Works Plant in East Moline on March 5. Photo supplied by Don Mathey

Fifty West Carroll Junior and Senior FFA members toured the John Deere Harvester Works plant in East Moline and MTI (Midwest Technical Institute) in Moline on March 5.

In the morning, the FFA members toured the John Deere Harvester Works plant in East Moline, Illinois.

The John Deere Harvester Works plant is the largest most modern combine manufacturing plant in the world. The plant covers roughly 71 acres of land.

FFA members were able to see combines made from a piece of sheet metal to the finished product. The John Deere Harvester plant employs around 2,000 employees while the John Deere Company employs around 60,000 people world-wide.

John Deere combines harvest approximately one half of the world’s crops and are only built to order.

Some of the most impressive parts on the tour included the robotic, laser and manual welding stations, the massive assembly line and the robotic and top coat paint booths.

In the afternoon, the members toured MTI.

MTI is a trade school in Moline featuring programs and courses varying in length of 20 days to 12 months.

Some of MTI’s major programs include Welding and Pipefitting, HVAC, Cosmetology, Dental Assistant, and Medical Assistant.

Michelle Fossett organized the tour and lunch and informed the students of the financial help available.

There are 23 scholarships available for next year at MTI, Moline. MTI graciously paid for part of the charter bus and all of the supplied pizza and pop for lunch.

Special thanks to MTI for paying for the bus and lunch, and Fred Tipton for helping chaperone the trip.