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Portrait of Domenic G. Ruccolo



These are exciting times for the John Deere Construction & Forestry Division. Recently, we acquired the 

Wirtgen Group,

 the leading worldwide manufacturer of road construction equipment. Headquartered in Windhagen, Germany, the family-owned company is a natural fit with our construction equipment business. Wirtgen Group’s highly complementary product portfolio enhances John Deere’s existing construction equipment offering with no overlap and positions us as a global industry leader in road construction.
Like John Deere, Wirtgen Group has a legacy of technology and innovation, with market-leading products and a strong focus on the customer. The acquisition adds five premium market-leading brands that span the road construction sector, including milling, processing, mixing, paving, compaction, and rehabilitation. Wirtgen Group has approximately 8,000 employees and sells products in more than 100 countries through a large network of company-owned and independent dealers.

I’m very excited to continue to support John Deere’s long-term strategy of growing our construction business in my new role as lead executive for the Wirtgen Group. And I’m equally excited to welcome David Thorne to his new role as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing. We can expect big things from him and from the John Deere Construction & Forestry Division in the future!

Domenic G. Ruccolo
Senior Vice President, Strategic Assignment
Wirtgen Group
Portrait of David F. Thorne



Big iron is a big deal to John Deere. Production-class equipment remains a core priority for us at John Deere, and as I take on my new role within the Construction & Forestry Division, John Deere will continue that commitment to these large machines and the support they require.
We understand that our customers value uptime above all. And to support your equipment, John Deere and our dealer network have invested millions to provide you the parts, service, and support options you require to be successful and profitable in this business. We are guaranteeing critical, quickly installed parts with our Big Parts Promise, and we’re continuing to refine our John Deere WorkSight™ technology suite, John Deere Ultimate Uptime offerings, and Powertrain ReLife Plus program to help ensure you get the most value out of your big machines.


Twenty years of experience in various sales and marketing roles across both the Ag & Turf and Construction & Forestry divisions have taught me the importance of our customers’ voice. I’ll work hard to ensure we continue to meet your heavy-equipment needs by always listening. Because when it comes to big iron, we’re behind you, big time.

David F. Thorne
Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Worldwide Construction & Forestry
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