Corporations: Green, Yellow & Gold

Every auto license plate in Illinois is green and yellow this year—an unusual public tribute to a private company. The colors are the state's way of honoring the 125th anniversary of Moline's Deere & Co., whose distinctive green and yellow colors have for years identified its tractors, farm machinery and, lately, its light industrial equipment. After all, almost every inch of Illinois was plowed, furrowed, dug or smoothed at one time or another by some piece of Deere machinery. Since Blacksmith John Deere perfected the first steel plow in 1837—the plow that broke the plains—Deere has become the leading seller...

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