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John Deere joins the call for safe digging across the country

Posted by Green Fun Store on 8/25/2010
Representatives from John Deere, along with a number of other organizations, were on hand to ring the ceremonial closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange.

The purpose of their gathering, which was held at the end of trading on August 20, was to remind consumers and others about the importance of being aware of underground utilities when digging. Joining John Deere were representatives from the Department of Transportation and the Common Ground Alliance.

A national number is now operational that people can call before starting their digging. Dialing 811 can give people the needed information, which the groups said has helped prevent injuries and fatalities.

"Through our support of CGA and 811, we strengthen our commitment to our customers," said Michael Mack, who heads a division of John Deere. "Our customers are our first focus and this initiative saves lives."

Calling the national number can connect people with their state's digging safety organization. People in Illinois, for example, would be connected to the Joint Utility Location Information for Excavators nonprofit group, which has been in operation since 1974.ADNFCR-3425-ID-19931246-ADNFCR
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