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CEO of John Deere visits RDO

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A booming economy is attracting a lot of attention to North Dakota and a lot of officials.
A busy oil patch and a nation leading Ag industry brings the CEO of John Deere to western North Dakota.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin visits with this top official about John Deere's presence in North Dakota's 2 largest industries.

(Ron Offutt / RDO Founder) "It doesn't get any higher in Moline, Illinois than who's here today. So Sam, chairman of John Deere, would you come say a few words to this great team, because we are proud of it.
The CEO of John Deere, Sam Allen is stepping out of the office and into the shop to get a 1st hand look at the equipment he oversees.
RDO Ag and Construction is the largest independent dealer for John Deere.
RDO has 60 locations in 9 states.
Bismarck is the largest store.
(Sam Allen / John Deere CEO) "It would be in the top 10% of revenue coming in through this store for John Deere."
It takes a lot of heavy equipment to keep our farmers in the field.
(Sam Allen / John Deere CEO) "It was an all time record for the company. We made 1.053 billion dollars this quarter."
While western North Dakota's agriculture is the big piece of the growth, so is the oil.
(Sam Allen / John Deere CEO) "I had heard all about it, but never got a chance to really see it. Seeing it, as we said, this is kinda like the California gold rush all over again. It's changing over night, they aren't able to keep up. "No doubt we are doing a lot of work there. It's good for construction. It was already an Ag spot, but now it's really good for construction."

Allen also made stops in Washington and Colorado, tomorrow he'll be in Georgia.

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