Michigan Man Showcasing His Large John Deere Collection
The construction equipment industry is projected to grow 12% from 2016 to 2026. Across the United States and the world, these pieces of equipment are used in all kinds of industries and are essential for not only construction purposes, but home remodeling and even agricultural production.
The global food and agricultural industry in 2016 was approximately 10% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP). Across the more than 900 million acres of farmland in the United States, a specific construction and agricultural equipment brand can be found all over the place: John Deere.
John Deere is an American manufacturing corporation that produces agricultural, construction, and forestry machinery diesel engines, drivetrains, and much more than are used across the U.S. and the globe. As for 2017, the company brought in approximately $29.7 billion in revenue. Though brand-new John Deere equipment can be pricey (worth it), there are some collectable items that can be worth just as much.
A local Michigan man believes he is currently in possession of the largest John Deere tractor collection in the state.
According to WSBT, Stan Hynek is passionate about the John Deere brand and has spent the last 30 years collecting John Deere tractors, swag, and other collectables.
“When I see one, I figured I have to get the whole series,” said Hynek. “I got to get all the Allis Chalmers. All the John Deere’s.”
Forget just having the largest collection in Michigan, Hynek is one of the few people in the entire country with the full set that dates back to the 1950s. In total, he has 158 pedal tractors and can remember the story of each and every one.
Even more impressively, Hynek purchased each item in his collection from someone he knows personally or was introduced to in person — no Craigslist, no random purchases, and no online transactions.
“Everything that you see here and even my pedals and a lot of my toys come from individuals I know or they say, ‘Hey Stan, somebody’s got this for sale. Go take a look at it,'” Hynek added.
Hynek might want to leave his Michigan home for a few weeks next summer and head to Grand Island, Nebraska for the inaugural Classic Green Reunion.
According to The Grand Island Independent, the three-day expo will feature all kinds of makes and models of antique John Deere tractors, equipment, and memorabilia — right up Hynek’s — and anyone else who loves John Deere — alley.
The rare John Deere showcase will take place next June 13, 14, and 15 at Nebraska’s Fonner Park.
“The members of Classic Green are grateful and excited that Grand Island has invited us into their community,” said Chris Boyens of the Classic Green Club Inc. “We’re looking forward to sharing the enthusiasm for all things John Deere with everyone at our inaugural show.”
This tractor-loving showcase isn’t just for people like Hynek, however. Though John Deere exports and collectors are encouraged to attend, so are young children who might have an interest in the historic company.
“If there is a 16-year-old kid who has an old John Deere and he wants to bring it, fixed up or not, and be a part of this event, he is more than welcome to join us,” added Steve Plambeck, a local John Deere collector and chairman of the Classic Green Reunion. “We want to include everyone and make them feel welcome.”