John Deere Designated Dodge County Blue Zone Worksite

(Horicon) John Deere Horicon Works is the latest worksite to be recognized as part of the Dodge County Blue Zones Project. The facility received the designation for its commitment to employee wellness and volunteer activities. John Deere provides educational opportunities during break times and at lunch on a variety of safety and wellness topics. Also, an annual Wellness Fair is available during regular workday hours. Dozens of John Deere Horicon employees regularly meet for healthy meals or to walk. Indoor and outdoor walking routes have been established at the plant in Horicon and maps are posted for employees. In addition, vending machine have locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Beaver Dam Community Hospital President and CEO Kim Miller says “John Deere is a significantly important employer in this region and a business…is as good as its employees. Miller says it is very important to support employees and help them become even more robust in wellness.

The Blue Zones Project, sponsored by the Beaver Dam Community Hospital, is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy, and social networks.

For details about becoming a Blue Zones Project Approved organization or general information about Blue Zones Project, Dodge County, call 920-212-8511, or visit


Photo (Left to Right): Linda Klinger, BDCH Director of Rehab and Wellness; Kim Miller, President and CEO of Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, Inc.; Danielle Potter, John Deere Horicon Works Continuous Improvement Facilitator; Amanda Remley, John Deere Horicon Works Human Resources Manager; Frank Farree, John Deere Horicon Works Supplier Integration Team Lead; Renee Peterson, Blue Zones Project worksite committee co-chair; Harlow Freimann, John Deere Horicon Works Employee; James Grigg, Mayor of the City of Horicon.