Golf Course Management Firm Chooses Jacobsen as Turf Equipment Supplier to Five Public Golf Courses

November 20, 2013

Charlotte, N.C. - November 20, 2013 - Jacobsen, a Textron (NYSE: TXT) Company, recently sold a large package of turf maintenance equipment to Ratcliffe Golf Services, Inc., a golf course management firm located in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Jacobsen turf equipment was purchased though Jacobsen dealer Tri-State Pump and will be used at Charles T. Myers Golf Course, Paradise Valley Golf Course, Sunset Hills Golf Course, the Dr. Charles Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park Golf Course and Renaissance Park Golf Course.

The equipment package includes Jacobsen ECLIPSE® 322 and GP400 riding greens mowers, Jacobsen LF570™ fairway mowers, Jacobsen TurfCat® out-front rotary mowers and Cushman® Turf-Truckster® utility vehicles.

"Jacobsen turf equipment helps us present a superior playing surface for our customers," said Del Ratcliffe, President of Ratcliffe Golf Services, Inc. "Jacobsen has also been a great steward of the game by supporting efforts like The First Tee program here in Charlotte."

The First Tee program is an international youth development organization that introduces the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Jacobsen recently donated several pieces of professional turf equipment to Dr. Charles Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park, home of The First Tee Charlotte and one of the courses managed by Ratcliffe Services.

"Public golf courses and programs like The First Tee are helping to grow the game at the grassroots level," said David Withers, President of Jacobsen. "We are privileged to be part of their efforts and will continue to support them in any way we can."

About Jacobsen
With over 90 years of experience in the turf maintenance industry, Jacobsen has built a legacy of precision craftsmanship, legendary quality of cut and unmatched expertise. Dedicated solely to delivering perfectly groomed turf, Jacobsen equipment is used on some of the finest golf courses, sports fields and other formal turf areas across the United States and the world, through an extensive distribution network and the international Ransomes brand. Additional information about the company can be found at

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 Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information visit:

About Ratcliffe Golf Services, Inc.
Ratcliffe Golf Services, Inc. is a multi-course management company based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company specializes in utilizing state-of-the-art technology and equipment to provide efficient professional golf management services for public golf facilities. Ratcliffe Golf Services, Inc is known for their efforts to introduce new players to the game of golf in innovative ways. For more information, visit:

For further information please contact:
Adam C. Slick, Jacobsen
11108 Quality Drive, Charlotte, NC 28273
Tel: 704.504.4867

Representatives from Ratcliffe Golf Services, Inc., Jacobsen and Jacobsen dealer Tri-State Pump pose in front of the new turf equipment that will be used on five Charlotte-area public golf courses.

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Eric Salander, Vice President, Investor Relations
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