DUBUQUE, Iowa — The John Deere Construction & Forestry Division recently marked a production milestone with the completion of its 250,000 backhoe loader at the Dubuque Works factory. The model 310SK backhoe loader was purchased by Phoenix-based NPL Construction Co., who took delivery of the machine at a special ceremony at the Dubuque Works facility.
“Backhoes have been our bread and butter since the first model rolled off the line over 40 years ago,” said Byron Taylor, plant manager at the John Deere Dubuque Works. “Our employees, many of which have had a hand in backhoe assembly since the beginning, are proud to meet this milestone.”
John Deere Worldwide Construction & Forestry President, Michael J. Mack, joined employees and NPL Construction Co., at the Dubuque Works factory to celebrate the 250,000 milestone.
“The piece of equipment we are recognizing today is only a single representation of the long line of backhoe models that have evolved right here in this factory,” said Mack. “It is a testament to the innovation and quality engineering we at John Deere pride ourselves in thanks to insight and input from stakeholders at every stage of the supply chain, from engineer, to line worker, to customer.”
The John Deere 310SK backhoe loader, part of the K-Series, is the latest of more than 50 different backhoe models that have been produced at the Dubuque Works factory since 1971.
The 310SK is part of the K-series backhoe loader line introduced in 2012. Powered by a certified Interim Tier 4/ Stage III B John Deere PowerTech engine, the 310SK comes equipped with a five-speed powershift transmission that allows top speeds of 25 mph, with an alternative to upgrade to the smooth and efficient AutoShift option.
The single loader lever with integrated electrohydraulic auxiliary control provides productivity and physical operator comfort, while standard features such as JDLink and Service ADVISOR Remote provide piece of mind.
NPL Construction Co., an energy distribution construction company, has worked with John Deere for more than a decade and will be adding the 250,000th backhoe to their fleet. As NPL’s preferred supplier, Deere was able to help develop a strategic sourcing approach that allows them to maintain and allocate fleets from coast to coast across the United States.
“A good supplier is a quiet supplier, but a great supplier is one who inspires change,” said Jim Kane, president and chief executive officer at NPL Construction Co. “Deere’s commitment to innovation has kept us ahead of the competition. Their speed not only in delivery of equipment, but in keeping up with marketplace demand is unparalleled.”