tractors Smithsonian, John Deere Celebrate 100 Years of the Tractor By Michelle O'Neill • Mar 6, 2018 http://americanhistory.si.edu/press/releases/precision-farming / Smithsonian website The Smithsonian has declared 2018 "The Year of the Tractor." It's been 100 years since John Deere bought the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company. And now, a 1918 Waterloo Boy Tractor is featured in an exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Michelle O'Neill reports tractors ushered in a new era of farming. Listen Listening... / 4:49 Radio story More Layoffs Next Month at Deere Factories By Michelle O'Neill • Aug 22, 2016 John Deere John Deere has announced more layoffs at two eastern Iowa plants, including one in the Quad Cities. Spokesman Ken Golden says 115 workers in Waterloo will be laid off, effective September 23rd and in Davenport, a week later.