From: Eugene Taurman (
Date: 02/07/00

For those interested in Unions teams and driving change AME has asked John
Deere Horicon Works to explain what they have done and how it is working
to improve the organization. IT covers both office and factory adoption of
teams. It will be one of the best workshops of the year.

For more information read on or contact:
        AME, 380 W. Palatine Road
        Wheeling, IL 60090-5863
        847/520-3282/Fax 847/520-0163

Bringing Down the Walls
Union and company management working together
make it better for everyone.
John Deere Horicon Works
Horicon, Wisconsin
March 8-9, 2000

About This Workshop
In 1992 John Deere Horicon Works began the journey to excellence using
teams, gain sharing, and extensive total quality training. See the plan
they followed that yielded productivity gains, job security, and improved
labor/management cooperation.

This workshop is for anyone interested in changing culture, the way work
is done, and implementing teams. John Deere and the International
Association of Machinists have made significant changes in a Division that
is doing well. Come, and see how labor and management are working
together to improve training, lower costs, and increase competitiveness.

What You Will See
John Deere and the I.A.M. will share their approach for introducing this
culture change. Attendees will be able to discuss one-on-one the challenges
and successes with team members, union officials, and managers leading the

The Company
John Deere, with headquarters in Moline, Illinois, is a leading producer of
agricultural equipment, a major factor in construction equipment, and the
leading producer of lawn care equipment sold through dealers.

John Deere has a strong position in its market, and being a recent recipient
of the Wisconsin Forward Award plants an exclamation point on the quality of
all of their employees. The Forward Award is similar to the Malcolm
Baldrige Award and uses the same methods and criteria as the national award.
Positive labor/management relations were a key factor in the achievement of
this award.

John Deere Horicon Works has a reputation as a progressive and competitive
manufacturer. Deere has done this by steadily changing and finding ways to
improve. Changes have included JIT, focused factories, robotics,
build-to-demand production, extensive training of all employees, and a
developing team culture trained in the process of implementing the methods
of continuous improvement.

Changing to teams has been a strategy for several years for companies
seeking to improve. John Deere is no exception. Although doing well they
chose to focus training to implement teams in preparation for the future.

Come and hear how the change has been accomplished from the people leading
the change; union leaders, managers, trainers, supervisors, and team

Wednesday, March 8
                6:15-6:45 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

                6:45 a.m. Depart for John Deere
                8:00 a.m. Arrive K Auditorium
                8:00-8:15 a.m.
                8:15-8:45 a.m.
                Horicon History:
                8:45-9:45 a.m.
                Kick-off Video;
                9:45-10:00 a.m. Break
                10:00-10:30 a.m. Training Programs:
                10:30-11:15 a.m. Tour Stamping Plant
                11:15-11:30 a.m. Board Bus to Union Hall
                11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Lunch
                12:15-1:45 p.m.
Working together to Build Our Future: Joint presentation by Union and
Management representatives

                1:45-2:45 p.m.
                Forward Wisconsin: Manager Primary Operations, Mgr. Production Control

                2:45-3:45 p.m.
                 Team Compensation Plan:

                3:45-4:45 p.m.
                Cross-Functional Teams Overview (safety, quality processes, environment):
                4:45 p.m. Bus to Hotel

                6:30 p.m. Networking Reception

Thursday, March 9
                8:00-9:30 a.m. Assembly Department Presentation,
                9:30-11:00 a.m. Assembly Department Tour:
11:00-11:30 a.m. Visit with and ask questions of people in Assembly
                12:15-1:00 p.m.
                Accounting "A" Team-"A" Team members: The nine-member Accounts Paya-
                ble "A' Team was formed in 1994 to process invoices for Horicon and Green-
                ville facilities. Since then, we have added processing for Raleigh,
                Varina, and the new Virginia facility. The team processes an average
                Volume of 400,000 invoices using both Legacy and SAP systems.

                1:00-1:30 p.m.
                Recognition: Supervisor, Manufacturing Engineering

                1:30-2:30 p.m. Q & A feedback to John Deere,

Eugene Taurman


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