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12/15/2023

Productive Resources earns recognition as a John Deere “Partner-level Supplier” for the 7th Year in a Row!

Productive Resources has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2023, its seventh consecutive year with this distinction for John Deere Indirect Materials & Services. This is John Deere’s highest supplier rating. Productive Resources was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and services of outstanding quality and its commitment to continuous improvement.

12/5/2022

Productive Resources earns recognition as a John Deere “Partner-level Supplier” for the 6th Year in a Row!

Productive Resources has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2022, its sixth consecutive year with this distinction for John Deere Indirect Materials & Services. This is John Deere’s highest supplier rating. Productive Resources was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and services of outstanding quality and its commitment to continuous improvement. This was Productive Resources sixth consecutive year earning the Partner Level designation.

1/1/2022

Productive Resources wins the Industrial Skills Imperative Contract with the Department of Defense!

In 2022 the Department of Defense’s Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) program has awarded a one-year contract to Productive Resources to identify defense manufactures’ demand for specific workforce skills, and the supply of workers being trained in these skillsets by regional community colleges. “This project will produce a flexible and reusable model to collect, synthesize, assess, and display information about regional workforce dynamics across training pipelines and defense contractors in five states. This will be a game changer in our ability to be proactive in addressing defense programs’ increasing needs for skilled workers.” said Ms. Adele Ratcliff, IBAS Program Director.

To execute this project, Productive Resources has partnered with Kee Energy and their subject matter experts from the Georgia Institute of Technology; advisors from the Illinois Valley Community College; and Waterloo Career Center. The team will survey manufacturers and quantify their future workforce needs. PR will then compare those needs with the expected output of community colleges in the Rock Island Arsenal region to identify systemic gaps over a 5- to 10-year timeframe.
This information will lay the foundation to adjust community college curricula and recruiting and enrollment practices to both better align with DoD needs and better prepare graduates for jobs in defense manufacturing.

04/06/2022

Productive Resources earns recognition as a John Deere “Partner-level Supplier” for the 5th Year in a Row!

Productive Resources has earned recognition for the fifth year in a row as a Partner-Level Supplier for John Deere Indirect Materials & Services. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating. Productive Resources was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and services of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement. With this accomplishment, Productive Resources has also been recognized with the achievement of becoming a Hall of Fame Supplier to John Deere.

Productive Resources is a supplier of engineering, manufacturing services, project management, and quality control to John Deere’s operations in North America. Suppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories, including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support, and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement. Thank you to all of our employees who contributed to this recognition!

04/06/2022

Productive Resources becomes a Hall of Fame Supplier for John Deere

Productive Resources announced it has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier and was inducted into the 5-year Supplier Hall of Fame in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. Hall of Fame status is given after a supplier attains a Partner-level rating for five consecutive years. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating. Productive Resources was selected for this honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and services of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement.

04/06/2021

Productive Resources earns recognition as a John Deere “Partner-level Supplier” for the 4th Year in a Row!

Productive Resources has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2020, its fourth consecutive year with this distinction and was named a for John Deere Indirect Materials & Services. This is John Deere’s highest supplier rating. Productive Resources was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality and its commitment to continuous improvement. This was Productive Resources fourth consecutive year earning the Partner Level designation.

04/06/2020

Productive Resources earns recognition as a John Deere “Partner-level Supplier” and Supplier of the Year!

Productive Resources has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2019, its third consecutive year with this distinction and was named a Supplier of the Year for John Deere Indirect Materials & Services. This is John Deere’s highest supplier rating. Productive Resources was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality and its commitment to continuous improvement. This was Productive Resources third consecutive year earning the Partner Level designation.

11/16/2019

Productive Resources adds to its executive team to introduce industry expansion and global reach. 

Productive Resources today announced the addition of Michael Harmon as Senior Vice President for Business Development and Client Engagement. Mike brings to Productive Resource strong connections in a wide swath of clients and industries. In addition to expanding Productive’s reach into clients and industries Mike will lead its effort to create a diverse and global delivery footprint.

02/27/2019

Productive Resources earns recognition for the second year in a row as a John Deere “Partner-level Supplier.”

Productive Resources today announced the addition of Michael Harmon as Senior Vice President for Business Development and Client Engagement. Mike brings to Productive Resource strong connections in a wide swath of clients and industries. In addition to expanding Productive’s reach into clients and industries Mike will lead its effort to create a diverse and global delivery footprint.

09/20/2018

Productive Resources Conducts Open House for Its Latest Expansion

Productive Resources today conducted its first open house for it Technical Center in Waterloo, Iowa. Community leaders and clients were invited to tour this new facility focused on offsite Design, Research, Test and Prototype capability. The Tech Center’s placement in the larger Tech Works campus allows partnership with others such as Northern Iowa University, the Additive Manufacturing Center and Design Lab, Hawkeye Community College Design Lab and the Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Network Hub. This allows Productive Resources to bring to its clients a full suite of product development capability. 

06/04/2018

Productive Resources names new CEO

Productive Resources today announced the naming of Teresa Cushing as CEO. Teresa has more than 25 years of experience as a strategy and global business operations manager. Teresa led the enterprise-wide technology strategy of Caterpillar and developed an annual strategy governance process that included mega-trend analysis, competitive research, external partner reviews, and comprehensive goal revisions. She also developed, prioritized, and supervised the company’s technology program portfolio and led enterprise technology strategy development and execution. BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University and visiting scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

03/03/2017

Productive Resources Receives 2016 John Deere Supplier Diversity Award

Productive Resources has been selected as a recipient of the John Deere Supplier Diversity award for 2016. John Deere bestows the award annually to honor a small business, women-owned, or minority-owned business in its supply base. Nominated suppliers are evaluated for excellence in information sharing, problem resolution, responsiveness to requests, business relationships and adherence to the John Deere Supplier Code of Conduct. John Deere created the supplier diversity awards in 2011 to recognize small and diverse businesses. Company employees accepted the recognition during formal ceremonies held on January 11, 2017, in Bettendorf, Iowa.