Working the Swing Shift

Deere-Hitachi factory builds its 5,000th Forestry Swing Machine

Factory workers gather around the 5000th forestry swing machine produced in Langley, British Columbia.

John Deere has a long history of producing tracked logging equipment, dating back to our popular “MC” crawler in 1949. In 1998, we partnered with Hitachi Construction Machinery to manufacture purpose-built, excavator-based logging (or “swing”) machines, including log loaders, stroke delimbers, processors, and road builders. These machines are built at the Deere-Hitachi Specialty Products (DHSP) facility in Langley, British Columbia.

Recently DHSP manufactured its 5,000th Forestry Swing Machine, a 2656G Log Loader, commemorating the event at a special Gold Key ceremony on January 31, 2019. Bighorn Logging, which purchased the milestone machine, was presented a plaque at the end of a factory tour as the machine was started up for the first time. “We are committed to producing high-quality, reliable equipment, so this is a paramount moment for our factory and employees,” says Jarvis de Groot, Product Marketing Manager, Forestry Swing Machines.

“Our customers are the heartbeat of the company and the reason we are able to do what we do every day. It is an honor to open our doors and celebrate with Bighorn Logging.”

Learn more about John Deere Swing Machines.