Our family had the opportunity to have a fun family experience this past Friday. We got to go to Waterloo, IA and have a Gold Key Tour of the the Tractor Plant. Originally, we were going to watch our tractor being built, but that did not work out last fall. Therefore, we scheduled our trip for Valentine's Day which was also when JM had a day off from school.
We were able to walk through the assembly plant, and talk to the people that built our tractor. It was fantastic to see just how that whole process happens. We can't say enough about how friendly everyone was there. They are very busy, but still take the time to talk to you as you go through.
JM had the opportunity to be the first one to turn the key on this new tractor. JM and one of the John Deere employees spent time fine tuning the way the engine runs as they test the new tractor before it heads down the line to get a hood and some tires.
Next, JM got to help put the tires on another tractor down the line. Roger got to help on the other side of the tractor. It was a great experience for both of them. I'm sure it is something they will never forget.
Since our tractor has already been delivered, we got our picture taken by a similar tractor. This was an amazing experience for all of us. Nothing is better than seeing a smile like that on your son's face for an entire day!!! In addition to the tour, we received a Gold Key that actually works in our tractor and an engraved plaque with all of our signatures and our tractor's serial number on it. After finishing at the tractor plant, we took a tour of the Engine Works plant in Cedar Falls where they make the engines for these tractors.
If you ever get the opportunity to go on one of John Deere's Gold Key Tours, we would definitely recommend it.