VP honors John Deere

Memphis, Tenn. — Varco Pruden Buildings, a leading provider of metal building systems, has honored Deere & Company as its Corporate Account of the Year for 2008.

The award is presented annually for innovative construction projects and for establishing solid business relationships at both the corporate and dealer level.

The presentation was made by Varco Pruden officials during a luncheon at John Deere world headquarters at Moline, Ill., in April. Alan H. Fyfe, Deere’s manager, program management, facility engineering, accepted the award on behalf of the company.
Fyfe was presented a bronze sculpture of an eagle by noted artist Wally Shoop, who is recognized for his powerful images of nature.

"This award recognizes Varco Pruden’s appreciation for the opportunity to collaborate with Deere and Company on a number of projects that not only are innovative and creative, but also help usher the industry into an era that is more environmentally sensitive and efficient," said Chuck Haslebacher, president of Varco Pruden. "We deeply appreciate the long-term relationship Deere has built with us, both corporately and with our network of builders."

Haslebacher cited Deere’s dedication to optimizing time schedules, reducing time delays and keeping costs in line as a key to recent building successes.

An example of Deere’s emphasis on environmental concerns is the recently completed Varco Pruden – Deere project John Deere BTI Dealership in Greensburg, Kans. It was the first LEED Platinum building in the state and the most energy-efficient dealership the nation. LEED Platinum is the highest standard awarded by    U.S. Green Building Council.

It is believed it was the first construction venture in the United States to be completely run on naturally-produced energy. A wind turbine, a 100-foot structure designed to generate five kilowatts of electricity, is providing power for the construction site.

A division of BlueScope Buildings North America, Inc., Varco Pruden has a network of more than 1,000 independent authorized builders in the United States and Canada.

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