John Deere Capital Corporation, a credit subsidiary of Deere & Company, operates throughout the United States. It purchases retail installment sales and loan contracts from various companies. Founded in 1837, the parent company is one of the leading manufacturers of farm and forestry equipment. It operates credit, agriculture and turf, and construction and forestry business segments. Deere & Company has a staff of more than 56,000 individuals. It also produces and markets lawn and garden tractors, mowers, golf course equipment and other outdoor power products. The company provides financial services worldwide and manufactures and markets engines. Deere & Company operates various subsidiaries, including John Deere Credit, John Deere Health Care and John Deere Risk Protection. It has locations throughout Europe, North America, Africa and Australia.