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Hewitt hewed Deere into a multinational

William Hewitt
Bill Hewitt, described as a business visionary, revolutionized Moline's Deere & Co., transforming the business into a multinational giant.

Mr. Hewitt married Patricia Deere Wiman, a descendant of John Deere and the daughter of Charles Wiman, Mr. Hewitt's predecessor as Deere chief executive officer. Mr. Hewitt became the last Deere family member to lead the company, served as CEO from 1955 to 1982.

Though Mr. Hewott once admitted he didn't know very much about farming, the farm-implement manufacturer's sales increased from $300 million to $5 billion under his direction. During Mr. Hewitt's tenure, the company opened manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, Argentina and Mexico.

He also moved the company's headquarters from its longtime home on Moline's 3rd Street to its modern facility on John Deere Road.

After retiring from Deere & Co., Mr. Hewitt was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica. At various points in his life, he also found time to serve on President Nixon's Task Force on International Development and President Ford's National Endowment for the Humanities; as the vice chairman and chairman of the National Council for the United States-China Trade Commission; as a board member of California Institute of Technology; as a member of the Sanford Reserch Institute; and as a director for American Telephone and Telegraph Co., Continental Bank of Chicago, and Continental Oil Co.

Mr. Hewitt died May 16, 1998.

Copyright 1999, Moline Dispatch Publishing Co.