Deere expanding tech center at Research Park

Deere expanding tech center at Research Park

CHAMPAIGN — John Deere is expanding its Technology Innovation Center in the University of Illinois Research Park, nearly doubling its space there.

The company has enlarged its facility at 2021 S. First St., C, from 7,500 square feet to 13,500 square feet, according to company spokesman Eric Hodson.

The center employs students and full-time professionals to advance innovation, research and information technology at Moline-based Deere & Company.

With the expansion, Deere hopes to support year-round internships for up to 50 students, Hodson said.

Through the center, Deere gains access to students and academic experts in areas including engineering, agronomy, computer science, statistics, industrial design, psychology and information library services.

With the investment, Deere said it hopes to focus on greater innovation in information technology, user experience, advanced algorithm science, mobile solutions, agronomy and high-performance computing.

Deere announced plans for the center in June 2008, and it opened in the summer of that year.

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