It shows that John Deere is genuinely interested in environmental matters when a guy steps up like Ben has done.

Every year since then, members of the John Deere Worldwide Logistics group and RAM commercial, terminal and operations teams have participated in the day of stewardship.

This year 1,564 volunteers worked over 4,400 collective hours removing trash and debris from the 48 sites throughout the Quad Cities. Once again early this August, the Deere and RAM teams worked with Living Lands & Waters removing some 15 tons of previously collected trash from the Living Lands & Waters barges.

The mountains of debris were then hand-sorted and more than half sent off for recycling. Joan Conrad, Head of Communications for John Deere World Wide Logistics, said,“It is really fantastic that we can get together every year with one of our major providers such as WWL to do this kind of good work.”

Ben Mathews, Ocean Procurement Manager at Deere, participated in the event, even after flying in the event after an all-night flight from overseas.

“It shows that John Deere is genuinely interested in environmental matters when a guy steps up like Ben has done,” said Doug Peterson, Corporate Account Manager for John Deere.

WWL made a $5,000 donation to Living Lands & Waters to sponsor its work. Joining Peterson at the event were Rod Pickens, MATGeneral Manager; Shelly Flynn, Corporate Customer Care; Dan Diehl, on-site contract administrator; and Chris Derby, on-site at Caterpillar.


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