Peter Kiewit Sons’ names John Deere ‘Manufacturer of the Year’

Peter Kiewit Sons’, one of the nation’s largest construction, engineering and mining contractors, recently selected John Deere Construction & Forestry for its Manufacturer of the Year award. Neal Ferry, corporate equipment manager for Peter Kiewit Sons’, said the company chose John Deere from more than 400 manufacturers and dealers.

Award candidates are nominated by Kiewit district managers based on criteria that focus on excellence in equipment and service.

“John Deere’s selection as Manufacturer of the Year recognizes the company’s superior effort in helping us achieve new levels of performance and productivity with their equipment,” Ferry said.

Deere has been a major supplier of equipment for Kiewit’s Interstate-25 Southeast Corridor Transportation Expansion project in Denver. The $1.2 billion project involves reconstructing 17 miles of two interstate highways while adding 19 miles of double-track light rail transit line. The project also includes the construction or reconstruction of 61 bridges, 14 light rail transit bridges and three tunnels, as well as 400 utility relocations, 200 new power feeds, $40 million of drainage improvements and improved pedestrian and bicycle access.

Ferry said the performance of Deere equipment throughout the T-REX project was a key factor in its selection as Manufacturer of the Year. Other factors included fast delivery of units, trade-in consideration for Kiewit’s existing machines and an efficient process for handling requests.

“Kiewit management have told us the process we’ve established for responding to their needs in a unique value,” said Roger Mohr, director of John Deere’s corporate business division. “We strive to make it easy for Kiewit by pooling our resources to find the solution they need, so they can focus their energy on running their business.”

Kiewit recognizes a company each July with its Manufacturer of the Year award.