John Deere, the blacksmith who founded Deere & Company, secured his place in history with the invention of a self-scouring steel plough that helped open up the American prairies of the mid-West to agriculture in the early part of the 19th century.

David Lowes, the founder of Greenlay Ltd of Cramlington in Northumberland made his own mark on the company’s history, by effectively pioneering the use of John Deere diesel engined lawn tractors for commercial mowing in the UK.Indeed, David started selling John Deere lawn & garden equipment in 1971, 15 years before John Deere UK set up its own groundscare division in 1986.

David started as an apprentice motor mechanic after leaving school at 15, and then worked for a number of machinery businesses before setting up Greenlay with his wife Judith. The foundations of the company were laid.

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