Efficiency Profile: John Deere Des Moines Works

September 9, 2016 | Building Efficiency, Eliminating Waste Iowa Association of Business and Industry, eschettler@iowaabi.org

John Deere is committed to reducing our energy usage per ton of product by 15 percent by the end of 2018. John Deere Des Moines Works, specifically, is focused on reducing our factory lighting energy usage by converting our conventional lighting to Light-Emitting Diode (LED) lighting. This conversion has the potential to reduce our lighting energy usage up to 75 percent.

John Deere Des Moines Works has converted 35 percent of its factory and office lighting over to LED and plans to continue this conversion effort over
the next several years. In addition to the energy savings, LED lighting provides a more natural lighting experience and reduces lighting maintenance up to 90 percent.

John Deere Des Moines Works recently completed a heating and ventilation project in its laser cutting building and was able to use the laser heat for supplemental heating of the building in the winter and eject unwanted laser heat from the building in the summer. This new system reduces energy usage over the old legacy system by 28 percent. – Tom Noble, environmental manager, John Deere Des Moines Works