- John Deere named one of the best global brands
- John Deere Iowa factory celebrates its 100th anniversary
- John Deere encourages children to carry on the tradition of farm life
- University expansion gives John Deere the chance to gain a new facility
- Illinois students become familiar with the most up-to-speed farming equipment
- A tractor museum in North Dakota features unique John Deere tractors
- John Deere antique clock keeps tabs on the company's dedication to farm life
- High school agriculture students get a sample of groundbreaking equipment
- John Deere plays its part in Perryville's Old Timers' Day event
- Renovations are being performed in Moline to maintain the John Deere heritage
Posted by Green Fun Store on 7/27/2010
According to the Alton's Telegraph newspaper, the business was granted the honor of being the River Bend Growth Association's Business of the Month for July. Since its founding, the shop has moved a number of times.
It was founded by Gene and Janet Helmkamp in the town of Bethalto. While the business features what people might expect in an auto shop, Janet also adds her own personal touches.
For example, the customer area at the current location features a number of antiques, including mini John Deere tractors and other keepsakes.
"It is part of the history of our area," Janet Helmkamp told the paper. "It is amazing how many people will just stop and look at it."
Collecting these types of antiques is not new for rural areas as people who live there try and maintain a connection to their agricultural past. In fact, many town fairs may feature older tractor models, including those produced by John Deere.