Jacobsen Makes Big Splash at Golf Industry Show in San Diego

February 07, 2013

Charlotte, N.C. - February 7, 2013 - Jacobsen, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, created quite a stir at the 2013 Golf Industry Show in San Diego, California. With a showcase of six new and enhanced products, an expansive booth complete with a test track, and an unprecedented presence in and around the San Diego Convention Center, Jacobsen was the talk of the town during GIS week.

"Our goal for this year's Golf Industry Show was to blanket San Diego in Jacobsen orange," said Chris Vernon, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing for Jacobsen. "With more new products on the show floor and more people on the streets, the Jacobsen presence at the GIS was larger than ever before. Based on the increased booth traffic, heightened interest and level of engagement with customers, our efforts exceeded all expectations."

Jacobsen's GIS presence was anchored by a host of new and enhanced products. Leading the charge was the company's new LF510™ fairway mower, which was uncovered soon after the exposition opened on Wednesday morning. Attendees also got their first look at an ECLIPSE™ 322 riding greens mower with Lithium power. A large track in Jacobsen's booth allowed visitors to take the Lithium-powered mower for a test drive.

Other new items on display included the TrueSet™ cutting unit, Greens King™ 500 Series and PGM™ 22 walking greens mowers with Classic XP™ 15-blade reels. Also on display were prototypes of an innovative new bidirectional Turf Groomer with rotating brush and a seven-gang articulating rotary mower expected to be available later this year.

The excitement around Jacobsen spilled out into the areas outside the Convention Center as well, where conference attendees experienced a Gaslamp Quarter resplendent in Jacobsen orange. As part of Jacobsen's GIS "Orange Everywhere" campaign, Jacobsen-branded pedicabs and muscle cars dotted the city streets while Jacobsen brand ambassadors greeted guests with gift cards, t-shirts and other giveaways.

"Our increased presence at the Golf Industry Show is a reflection of our continued business strategy of building relationships," said David Withers, President of Jacobsen. "In 2013, we are adding to our sales force, working with channel partners to expand and improve sales and service, and launching additional product innovations and enhancements. Just as in San Diego, Jacobsen will be more visible in 2013 than ever before."

About Jacobsen
With over 90 years of experience in the turf maintenance industry, Jacobsen, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) Company, 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 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 www.jacobsen.com.

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: www.textron.com.

For further information please contact:

Adam C. Slick, Public Relations & Communications Manager, Jacobsen
11108 Quality Drive, Charlotte, NC 28273
Tel: 704.504.4867
Email: aslick@textron.com

The Jacobsen booth saw heavy traffic throughout the 2013 Golf Industry Show in San Diego. The company showed a host of new products and enhancements, including the LF510™ fairway mower. Soon after the show opened on Wednesday, Jacobsen pulled the cover off the LF510 in front of a large audience of superintendents and media. Jacobsen Product Manager Rachel Luken is seen here introducing the LF510.

During the 2013 Golf Industry Show in San Diego, Jacobsen blanketed the town in orange as part of a guerrilla marketing campaign appropriately titled ‘Orange Everywhere.’ Jacobsen-branded muscle cars and pedicabs lined the streets while Jacobsen brand ambassadors (seen here) handed out free t-shirts and other items to show attendees.

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