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WILLIAMSBURG, VA-Stonehouse Commerce Park will soon have an empty 300,000-sf building as agriculture equipment producer John Deere & Co.’s John Deere Vehicle Group decides to close the doors of its two-and-a-half-year-old factory. The Moline, IL-based company revealed the news yesterday, noting that the closure–which is one of three plants being closed across the country–is a necessary move in order to consolidate production capacity and lower company costs.

The $49 million facility opened in 1999 and sits on a 75-acre plot in the 220-acre light industrial park. The structure is used for the manufacturing of Deere’s six-wheel utility tractors, and just last summer, the company added a 64,000-square-foot paint plant within the 300,000-sf warehouse. Deere officials say employees will have vacated the premises by October 31; at which point the company’s real estate division will market the property. Gift manufacturer Design Master occupies a 40,000-sf building in the park.

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