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John Deere Skids Into ABC's

MOLINE, Illinois (January 10, 2011) — John Deere Forestry, the world's leading manufacturer in forestry equipment, recently participated in the demolition phase of ABC TV's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" by providing two 648H Skidders and a team of equipment experts to help tear down the existing home of a makeover beneficiary family. One of the Skidders was operated by guest star Gabe Rygaard of the History channel's "Ax Men." The episode, which benefitted the Lampe family, aired Sunday, Jan. 9, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on ABC.


"John Deere Forestry was eager to loan its forestry equipment and expertise to 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'" said Nate Clark, Forestry Marketing Manager. "The more we learned about the Lampe Family, the more we found in them the qualities to which we aspire in our work and our equipment. In addition to Jeff Lampe's tireless work in the tree service business, the members of the Lampe Family are hardworking, giving, and passionate about each other and their communities. We are grateful to have had the chance to celebrate the Lampe Family and support this exceptional TV series."


Each episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" features a family that has faced a recent or ongoing hardship, such as a natural disaster, loss of a family member, or life-threatening illness. Through coordination with local contractors, numerous companies in the building trade, and the help of community volunteers, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" provides a new home for a family in need.


For additional details and photos, visit http://abc.go.com/shows/extreme-makeover-home-edition. To learn more about the John Deere Forestry products used on the project, visit www.JohnDeere.com.


About John Deere
Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at www.JohnDeere.com.


About "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
The Emmy Award-winning reality program "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," now in its 8th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It's executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.

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