- Associated Press - Saturday, March 22, 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Deere & Company plans to almost double the size of its on-campus research center at the University of Illinois.

The Moline-based company said Friday it is increasing the size of its John Deere Technology Innovation Center to 13,500 square feet. The company plans to be able to accommodate 50 interns as well as its staff.

The center is located in the university’s research park.

Deere said in a news release that its presence at the university gives it access to experts in engineering, computer science and other areas.

Klaus Hoehn is a Deere vice president. He said the Research Park location also helps Deere attract top graduates.

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