November 9th, 2016


Wednesday 9th, November 2016

Cedar Falls “Clarion Inn” Against the Grain Restaurant

(Formerly called the Holiday Inn)

Recent Facility Improvements at John Deere PEC

Topic: Recent Facility Improvements at John Deere PEC

Steve Crouse, facilities engineer at the John Deere Product Engineering Center in Waterloo will be talking about the many facility improvements made during the years 2013 to 2016.

This will include the new “Nebraska” test track, the new rumble test track, the new “mountain” test track and new building featuring higher and wider doors to accommodate future tractors that are projected to be even larger than those of today.

Speaker: Steve Crouse is a facility Engineer at the John Deere Product Engineering Center in Waterloo. He has worked at John Deere in Dubuque, Brazil and Waterloo over the past 43 years.

Work assignments include:

    • Design of:

      • Loaders,

      • Dozers

      • Excavator,

      • Tractor axles,

    • Factory and Experimental Shop Supervision

    • Application engineering for Deere OEM customers

    • Supervision of Drivetrain Engineering groups

    • Facility Engineering at John Deere PEC for the past 7 years

Program Chair: Gary Dorhout

Meal: Plated Dinner: Grilled Pork Chop

Price: $18.00 per person (includes tax, tip & room rent)


Social period: 6:00 P.M.

Dinner: 6:30 P.M.

Location: “Against The Grain” Restaurant, Cedar Falls Clarion Inn 5826 University Ave., Cedar Falls 50613.

Dinner Reservations can be made 2 ways:

1. : (preferred)

2. Cell Phone number (319-240-1218)

Please indicate if you are NOT having dinner with us when making a reservation. Please also provide the names of any guests so that nametags can be ready for them.

Please make reservations by 4:00 PM, Monday 7 November 2016. Guests are always welcome.

Note: Checks to purchase meals from the Clarion Inn should be made out to “Clarion Inn.”

Dues: Member dues of $10.00 may be sent to the Treasurer, Kenneth Friend, 1112 W. 4th St., Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613-2430 (ph 319-277-2312) or paid at the meeting. E-mail:

Checks for membership to the Waterloo technical Society should be made out to the “Waterloo Technical Society”