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John Deere Manager Receives SAE Engineering Leadership Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Sept. 22, 2006 - James WienkesJames Wienkes has been selected to receive SAE International's Sid Olsen Engineering Manager Award. The award will be presented at the SAE 2006 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Conference and Exhibition, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

The award, established in 1995, recognizes an outstanding engineering manager in the off-highway industry. It honors SAE International Fellow Sid Olsen for his management values and contributions to the industry.

Wienkes works at the John Deere Product Engineering Center in Waterloo, Iowa. He is the manager of worldwide high horsepower tractor engineering, tractor product planning, tractor standards, and hydraulic engineering. He has held a number of management positions since he joined John Deere in 1979 and was named to his current position in 1998.

Wienkes earned a bachelor's in mechanical engineering and a bachelor's agricultural engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. He resides in Dike, Iowa.