John Deere From as far back as 1837, the Deere & Company (collectively known as John Deere) has grown from a simple one-man operation undertaking Blacksmith duties into a thriving enterprise who now have over 50,000 employees worldwide and operate all around the globe. The company now operates in three distinct segments – agriculture and turf, construction and forestry and also credit. Because of the long term success of this company, they have forged many successful alliances through the years including a long line of John Deere Case knives. If you look below you can review some of the John Deere items, such as these John Deere signs and historical logos. Separate John Deere case knives can be found within the Case knife category.