August 17, 2023

Forsyth Technical Community College is proud to announce its partnership with John Deere Electric Powertrain, LLC in their latest venture to establish a North American headquarters and battery and charger manufacturing facility in Kernersville.

Governor Roy Cooper announced the $69.6 million investment that will create 50 new jobs in Forsyth County. Forsyth Tech’s collaboration with John Deere aligns with the college’s commitment to empowering lives by fostering industry relationships and equipping students with skills that meet evolving market demands.

“We are excited to partner with John Deere in their newest venture,” said Dr. Janet Spriggs, President of Forsyth Tech. “Our collaboration reflects our shared values and commitment to fostering a cleaner future through manufacturing and technology.”

As part of this partnership, Forsyth Tech will work with John Deere on the NC Edge Customized Training Project, helping to grow and upskill their workforce. This initiative is designed to align employees’ skills with John Deere’s business goals and needs, particularly within Advanced Manufacturing.

Jennifer Coulombe, Vice President of Industry Partnerships and Continuous Innovation at Forsyth Tech, emphasized the ongoing collaboration with John Deere, particularly in addressing the demand for skilled welders. “We continue to work closely with Deere through programs that feed their talent pipeline, allowing them to grow and succeed,” said Coulombe.

The new facility in Kernersville will produce Kreisel battery packs and CHIMERO charger technology, expanding John Deere’s footprint in the North American market. Forsyth Tech’s engagement in this project reflects its vision of transforming communities through education and innovation, cementing its position as a leading institution in North Carolina’s future of manufacturing and clean transportation.

John Deere’s decision to invest in North Carolina and collaborate with Forsyth Tech underscores the college’s ongoing commitment to connecting students, faculty, and the broader community with opportunities that drive economic growth for our region, state and country.