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Dixie Chopper Wins Manufacturer Award

Lawn mower manufacturer wins award for most improved equipment manufacturing company

Coatesville, Indiana –The North American Equipment Dealer Association (NAEDA) has announced Dixie Chopper, part of Jacobsen, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, as the winner of their 2015 Most Improved award.

Dixie Chopper received NAEDA’s 2015 Most Improved award for attaining the greatest percentage of improvement in overall ratings from 2014 based off the association’s annual dealer-manufacturer relations survey. Each year the NAEDA invites thousands of equipment dealers across the country to participate in the survey and this year the association received more than 6,000 manufacturer ratings, according to Gail Halderman, Chair of NAEDA’s Member Services Committee.

In the survey, manufacturers are rated in 12 categories: overall dealer satisfaction, product availability, product quality, product technical support, parts availability, parts quality, return privileges, communication with management, warranty procedures, warranty payments, marketing and advertising support, and manufacturers’ response to dealer needs/concerns.

“We are very excited to receive this honor from NAEDA and would like to thank our dealers for recognizing our commitment to continuous improvement and the progress that we have made so far,” said Chris Vernon, Vice President and General Manager of Dixie Chopper. “We will continue to get better in all areas of our business as we strive to meet all of our dealers’ needs.”

This award comes just one year after being acquired by Jacobsen and Textron. 

The complete news release from NAEDA can be read here.

About Dixie Chopper

Working in his barn near Greencastle, Indiana, Art Evans knew there had to be a better way, and in the year 1980 the first Dixie Chopper was born. Little did anyone know that he would lead the way to revolutionizing the entire lawn and garden industry by providing the first zero-turn lawn mowers built specifically for commercial mowing contractors.

Today Dixie Chopper continues to lead the industry in innovation and quality. Still family owned and operated, Evans remains active as the company's Chairman, but you won't find him sitting at a desk at Dixie Chopper headquarters (which is still located on the original property). He spends his days in the company's Research and Development department where he continues to provide ideas and inspiration to the Dixie Chopper engineering staff and manufacturing team.

Known as "the World's Fastest Lawn Mower," Dixie Chopper mowers are about much more than being fast. The company prides itself on providing quality and reliability in addition to speed. "It's not enough to just be fast," Evans states. "We need to be the best. We want to produce a mower that has many years of useable life left after it is paid for."

To learn more about Dixie Chopper and view the complete lineup of zero-turn lawn mowers, visit the company's website at www.dixiechopper.com.

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