Jacobsen Sells Commercial Grounds Care Product Lines

Textron Inc. recently announced that its Jacobsen business unit has sold its commercial grounds care product lines to Commercial Grounds Care, Inc., an affiliate of Schiller-Pfeiffer, Inc., located in Southampton, Pa. The transaction closed on August 18 with undisclosed terms.

The sale of the commercial grounds care product lines allows Jacobsen to heighten its focus on golf and professional turf-related markets with equipment manufactured in Charlotte, N.C. and Ipswich, England.

“Jacobsen has made a strategic decision to focus on its professional turf business, which includes golf course, sports turf and municipal grounds equipment,” says Dan Wilkinson, Jacobsen’s President, in making the announcement.
According to a Jacobsen spokesperson, 80 percent of Jacobsen’s business will now be in the golf market, and 20 percent in sports turf and municipalities.

The sale includes the Jacobsen Johnson Creek, Wis., manufacturing facility, a leased service parts facility in Dalton, Ohio, and products branded BOB-CAT, Bunton, Ryan, Steiner and Brouwer.

Thanks from Montague
The Montague Company, Hayward, Calif., issued the following statement following the end of a strike by its production workforce: “The Strike Is Over! We at the Montague Company thank our faithful customers who remained loyal during our recent factory workers’ strike. We truly recognize the difficult position many of you experienced as a result of the strike and understand that some of you had to look elsewhere. Your business is highly valued and your support and encouragement has been most appreciated. We are glad to be back to the business of manufacturing our excellent equipment!”

Garske Grants Awarded
Sara Steinhurst of West Branch, Mich., and Branden Tanko of Stevens Point,  Wis., have been awarded 2006 Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grants, established in honor of Par Aide’s founder, by Par Aide and The Environ-mental Institute for Golf. The program awards $2,500 grants towards the education of children of Golf Course Superintendents Association of America members at accredited schools. Sara’s father, Bob, is Superintendent at West Branch CC and Branden’s father, Gary, is Superintendent at Sentryworld GC.