Ambassador Mike recently toured the new assembly facility producing John Deere tractors. This facility is a joint venture between John Deere’s Ethiopia partner and the city of Shashemene to assemble and deliver John Deere tractors to Ethiopian farmers. The facility expects to employ 62 technicians, and produce 800 tractors this year. Chombe Seyoum, John Deere’s partner in Ethiopia aims to build the capacity of the facility and ultimately export to the East African market. This project was initiated at the request of Deere & Company in 2018, as a result of Deere’s drive to more efficiently support the need for small agriculture production equipment in the country. Deere & Company is one of the best known American manufacturers of mechanized farming equipment. The company was founded in 1837, based in Illinois, and supplies farming, and forestry equipment globally.