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Some of the best-looking lawns in the United States got their start at a manufacturing plant in Sullivan, Illinois, where the employees at Agri-Fab make the tools that make yardwork look easy.
Agri-Fab is best known for making lawn care products such as sweepers, spreaders and lawn carts, both for its own line of products, as well as for other major OEMs, such as John Deere.
The 300,000-square-foot facility—which houses AF Manufacturing—offers all types of manufacturing services such as machining, laser, stamping, welding, assembly, tooling, tube bending/forming and coatings.
The quality is such that, last year, Agri-Fab received John Deere’s Achieving Excellence Partner award, as well as the John Deere Service Parts Supplier of the Year award.
“Agri-Fab is willing to do whatever it takes to meet customer demand,” says Gerlanna Patterson, a John Deere supply chain manager who spoke to Agri-Fab employees at a lunch to celebrate the awards. “They consistently align with John Deere goals and processes. Agri-Fab is up to the challenge.”
Recently, that challenge included making major changes to its coating operations, specifically becoming a zero-discharge phosphate operation and achieving John Deere F17-approved supplier status, better known as JDM F17, an enterprise specification for paint performance.