Jacobsen acquires Dixie Chopper

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Jacobsen, the turf maintenance equipment manufacturer based in Charlotte, North Carolina and sister company of Ransomes Jacobsen in Ipswich, has acquired the assets of Dixie Chopper®, the manufacturer of zero-turn radius mowers for the commercial and residential markets, based in Coatesville, Indiana.

Jacobsen and Ransomes Jacobsen are Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies.

Known as ‘The World’s Fastest Lawn Mower®’, Dixie Chopper mowers are capable of mowing up to 2.7 hectares per hour.

The company manufactures eleven models of zero-turn mowers, from the residential Zee 2 with a 21 HP Kawasaki engine and 1.07 metre (42”) deck to the industrial category XCaliber Twin with two 27 HP Generac® engines and a 1.88 metre (74”) deck.

“The addition of Dixie Chopper expands our reach into the consumer and commercial sectors, including municipalities, with a full range of zero-turn mowers known for their speed, quality and performance,” said David Withers, President of Jacobsen.

“It’s really a win-win for both companies and we look forward to building customer relationships together with Dixie Chopper.”

Jacobsen will continue to operate Dixie Chopper out of the company’s Indiana facilities and its existing management team will join Jacobsen.

Products are currently available in the North American markets and will be available to Ransomes Jacobsen’s international dealer network in the near future.

“We are excited to join the Jacobsen and Textron family of brands,” said Dixie Chopper Chairman Art Evans.

“Our line of zero-turn radius mowers fit perfectly into the Jacobsen portfolio of products and we look forward to working together to serve more customers. The joining of Dixie Chopper and Jacobsen offers an opportunity for Dixie Chopper to reach a larger market and expand brand awareness in the process.”

With the addition of Dixie Chopper, Jacobsen offers a complete product line of turf maintenance equipment, including zero-turn mowers, small and large area reel mowers, trim mowers, wide-area rotary mowers, aerators, sprayers, utility vehicles and renovation equipment.

About Textron Inc.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defence, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information visit www.textron.com

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