Special to the Times-Record
John Deereâ€™s Valley City Seeding Group Manager David Bradford, left, leads Gov. Jack Dalrymple on a tour of the companyâ€™s Valley City manufacturing plant.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple late Tuesday toured the John Deere manufacturing plant in Valley City where company officials are in the process of hiring about 65 additional workers to meet the plantâ€™s production workload.
Â The John Deere Valley City Seeding Group currently employs about 320 people. Plant Manager David Bradford and other John Deere employees led Dalrymple and North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson on a tour of the plant which manufactures crop seeders and tillage equipment.
Â â€śI was impressed with the plantâ€™s efficiency, the quality of its workforce and with John Deereâ€™s commitment to the community,â€ť Dalrymple said. â€śJohn Deereâ€™s Valley City plant is a good example of the innovation and expertise that continues to drive our stateâ€™s manufacturing growth while other states are experiencing declines in this important economic sector.â€ť
Manufacturing accounts for about 10 percent of North Dakotaâ€™s gross domestic product and directly employs about six percent of the stateâ€™s workforce. Strong market growth, both domestically and internationally, have contributed to North Dakotaâ€™s healthy manufacturing economy.