Beth Takemoto
Supervisor - PDP ME
John Deere Harvester Works
East Moline, IL 

“Manufacturing is about making products come to life through executing plans, utilizing innovative processes, and engaging people. The manufacturing industry is always changing with endless opportunities to improve and this challenge is what drives the truly talented and passionate to keep striving for success.”

Beth began her career with John Deere in 2005 as a summer intern working in Manufacturing Engineering. During her career, she has gained a broad business perspective and has honed both technical and communication skills from assignments in Operations, Material Flow, Project Management and Manufacturing Engineering. Beth is currently leading a team responsible for bringing a new part-fastening system into John Deere’s assembly operations. To develop a world class process, she has focused the team’s efforts on evaluating capability on all of the new tools and fixtures proposed for this assembly. 
Mentoring comes naturally to Beth.  She has mentored dozens of people over her career. Currently, she mentors a group of summer interns in Manufacturing Engineering as well as several employees in the Engineering Development Program. She has served formally as a mentor through the John Deere Enterprise mentoring program, as well as informally as a mentor to the Module Leaders who have gone through the company’s internal training program. Her assignments at multiple John Deere factories and experience working with employees and leaders from around the world allow her to provide a broad, valuable perspective on the company and the career opportunities available. 
Beth is an active volunteer in a range of efforts, perhaps most importantly serving on the Board of Directors for GiGi's Playhouse in the Quad Cities. GiGi's Playhouse, an organization near to her heart, provides educational and therapeutic programs for individuals with Down Syndrome at no charge to the families. 

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