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Dixie Chopper Grants Wish To 15-Year-Old Tennessee Boy

COATESVILLE, Ind. (August 18, 2017) – 15-year-old Dakota Barker, of Lexington, Tenn., is the proud owner of a new Dixie Chopper® BlackHawk™ that he helped build, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and the employees who design and build the World’s Fastest Lawn Mower®.

Dakota suffers from epilepsy, which, until a recent brain surgery, would cause him to suffer intractable seizures. The seizures complicated Dakota’s efforts to operate his lawn service, which cares for several lawns in his area throughout the summer. Pushing his mower would exacerbate Dakota’s seizures.

Dakota asked the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana if he could visit Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc.’s facility in Coatesville, where Dixie Chopper zero-turn mowers are designed and built. His wish was granted July 31, when he visited the plant and got a firsthand experience in making a Dixie Chopper BlackHawk.

Dakota’s day began with a factory tour by Plant Manager Rick Judy, during which he viewed the complete process of producing a Dixie Chopper mower. Afterward, Dakota fabricated BlackHawk components with the engineers who design Dixie Chopper products. He then took those parts to the assembly line, where they were used to build a BlackHawk unit.

Dakota’s BlackHawk was delivered to him by his local Dixie Chopper dealer, Outdoor Specialties, in Lexington, Tenn.

“It’s so easy to let the day-to-day aspects of the business become routine, but days like these make every effort worthwhile,” said Eli Kean, graphic design manager for the Dixie Chopper brand. “For a 15-year old young man to have the opportunity to choose any wish, and he chose to design a Dixie Chopper, it’s truly a blessing to Dixie Chopper, and to all of our employees.”

 Another blessing is Dakota’s ongoing recovery. Since his brain surgery seven months ago, he has been free of seizures.

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About Dixie Chopper
In 1980, Dixie Chopper revolutionized the lawn-and-garden industry by providing the first zero-turn lawn mowers built specifically for commercial mowing contractors. Today, Dixie Chopper products continue to lead the industry in innovation and quality. Known as "the World's Fastest Lawn Mower," Dixie Chopper mowers are about much more than being fast, providing quality and reliability in addition to speed. To learn more about the complete Dixie Chopper line of zero-turn lawn mowers, visit Dixie Chopper zero-turn mowers are designed and manufactured by Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a Textron (NYSE: TXT) company.

About Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc.
Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of golf cars, utility and personal transportation vehicles, snowmobiles, side-by-sides, all-terrain vehicles, professional turf-care equipment, and ground support equipment. Textron Specialized Vehicles markets products under the E-Z-GO®, Cushman®, Arctic Cat®, Textron Off Road™, Jacobsen®, Dixie Chopper®, Ransomes®, TUG™, Douglas™, Premier™ and Safeaero™ brands. Its vehicles are found in environments ranging from golf courses to factories, airports to planned communities, and theme parks to hunting preserves.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, 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, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Textron Off Road, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit:

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