Fairfielders win Vision Awards; John Deere celebrates 50 years in self-propelled windrowers
Fairfielders win Vision Awards
OTTUMWA — A Fairfield High School teacher and a Fairfield entrepreneur were honored at the third annual Vision Awards at Indian Hills Community College.
Diane Goudy, a business teacher at FHS, was chosen as the entrepreneurial educator of the year. She was described as someone who makes entrepreneurship “come alive for students.” Goudy’s students often place very high in national competitions. She also has worked with Fairfield parents and business leaders to form Friends of FLBA. The group sponsors entrepreneurial experiences for her students outside of the classroom.
Justin Clements, a landscape and turfgrass technology student at IHCC, was recognized as the student entrepreneur of the year. He operates JC Lawncare, Landscape & Snow Removal in Fairfield. Clements has steadily grown his business during the past few years and is now looking to add his first employees. He will graduate from IHCC this spring.
The Vision Awards were created to help honor entrepreneurship in Indian Hills’ 10-county region. All of the individuals and businesses selected are great examples of the entrepreneurial spirit that can be found in southeast Iowa.
John Deere celebrates 50 years in self-propelled windrowers
OTTUMWA — John Deere celebrated 50 years in self-propelled windrowers with a special event April 2 at the John Deere Ottumwa Works factory.
The event, which included all departments and functional areas for John Deere Windrowers, featured a plaque ceremony, refreshments and an opportunity for John Deere employees to visit directly with a customer and dealer who are using the product.
John Deere entered the self-propelled windrower market in 1964, with the introduction of the 200A and 215A Models. In August 2013, John Deere introduced the W235, and in January started producing the new self-propelled windrowers at power levels higher than any competitor in the market