Jacobsen Dealer Strengthens its Market Position in the Midwest

July 20, 2006

Charlotte, NC - July 20, 2006 - Jacobsen, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces that Midwest Golf and Turf, Jacobsen's turf equipment dealer in certain counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, recently restructured its operations to provide for an infusion of additional capital and management resources to better support the needs of its customers. The restructuring illustrates Midwest Golf and Turf's dedication and focus on improving customer satisfaction.

"With this new structure, Midwest Golf and Turf has demonstrated a commitment to parts and service in this territory," says Robert Schaefer, Jacobsen director of turf sales. "Jacobsen is proud to partner with an organization showing such renewed focus on customer satisfaction in the golf course and professional turf markets," he adds.

The new leadership, in collaboration with Jacobsen, is committed to providing customer relations grounded in parts and service excellence. The partnership has helped to create a strong organization capable of meeting and exceeding expectations. Among the improvements the new leadership has brought to Midwest Golf and Turf are a market-based adjustment to on-the-shelf parts inventories, a fresh fleet of products for demonstration, and increased support and service staff.

Chris Dirksing, the new CEO of Midwest Golf and Turf, says he welcomes the opportunity to help Midwest Golf and Turf grow its business and the Jacobsen line of turf equipment in the Midwest market. "Our mission is to become a reliable and trusted partner to our customers when seeking advice, products and services relating to the care of turf grass in a manner that exceeds even the most stringent expectations," Dirksing explains. "I am confident that the additional financial and management resources now available to Midwest Golf and Turf will ensure it achieves its mission for the benefit of its customers."

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