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Craig Sutton

Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Innovation
Deere and Company

Craig Sutton is the Manager for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation at Deere and Company.   As Manager for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation at Deere, he works to identify and validate new emerging trends to enable a competitive advantage for John Deere manufacturing units.   He has over 22 years of experience at Deere with roles ranging from customer support, quality engineering, product engineering, product validation, and manufacturing engineering. 

Craig has work experience on Deere’s precision farming equipment, self-propelled sprayers, and combine harvesters.  His most recent role focuses on new technologies such as additive manufacturing, robotics, lightweight material integration and Internet of Things (IoT) for manufacturing.  

Along with experience in product design and advanced manufacturing, he also serves on the Quad City Manufacturing Lab board, Western Illinois University College of Engineering advisory board, Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Corp (IMEC) board and the Iowa Innovation Council.   In addition, he leads Deere’s engagement with the Digital Manufacturing Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) and serves on its technical advisory committee.

Craig received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture engineering from the University of Illinois and an executive MBA from the Tippie School of Business at the University of Iowa.  He currently works at the John Deere Technology Innovation Center in Moline, Illinois. 


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