US giant brings all mower production to the UK
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American industrial conglomerate Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc will relocate all manufacturing of Jacobsen professional turf equipment to its UK facility in Ipswich, Suffolk. The move will begin this autumn and be completed in stages over the next several months.
This move will enable the company to focus its investments, skill, and improvements in mower production on a single facility, and leverage existing resources and expertise at its Ipswich facility. The plant, which currently builds Jacobsen and Ransomes mowers, is the oldest manufacturer of motorised lawn mowers in the world, in operation for more than 187 years.
The UK. facility will produce mowers for all regions, including North America. Jacobsen will maintain its sales, parts, and customer-care teams in North America, and its network of North American distributors, to serve its customers in the United States and Canada.
“We are excited to establish our Ipswich, UK. facility as the worldwide manufacturing centre of excellence for Jacobsen equipment,” said Simon Rainger, Vice President, Turf for Textron Specialized Vehicles.
This move will enable us to operate more efficiently and expand on the legacy of innovation and quality that our Ipswich plant has built over its long history.
Jacobsen continues to develop new products to serve its customers around the globe. The brand will launch a robust slate of new mowers in coming months, including the quiet, highly efficient Eclipse 360 ELiTE electric greens mower powered by Samsung SDI lithium-battery technology, and the new AR530 and AR730 area rotary mowers, designed to be safer, easier and more cost-effective to maintain and operate.
For more than 95 years, Jacobsen turf-care equipment has built a legacy of precision craftsmanship, legendary quality of cut and unmatched expertise in the turf-maintenance industry.
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, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex and Arctic Cat.