John Deere can be traced back to a small blacksmith’s shop in 1837 Decatur, Illinois. It was here where John Deere himself produced a highly effective polished steel plow to replace the ineffectual wooden plows being used in the area. The company began to expand its offerings to include wagons, corn planters, cultivators, and then in 1918 enters the tractor industry by releasing The Waterloo Boy and The John Deere Tractors. Eventually, John Deere would branch out into earth moving and forestry equipment and began to tailor some of its offerings for use in landscaping and general lawn care. In 1992, they released the versatile utility vehicle, The Gator. In 2017 they acquired Wirtgen Group, the largest maker of roadbuilding equipment and advance John Deere as a single-source supplier for the construction industry, offering backhoe loaders, compact track loaders, crawler dozers, crawler loaders, excavators, skid steers, tractor loaders, and wheel loaders. Today, the agricultural division manufactures tractors, harvesters, combines, self-propelled sprayers, and front-end loaders, among many other related products. While the forestry division manufactures feller bunchers, crawler dozers, harvester, and skidders.