Chicago Cubs Open Spring Training with Jacobsen in the Starting Lineup

March 28, 2014

Charlotte, North Carolina (March 28, 2014) Jacobsen®, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball team has named the company the official turf equipment supplier of Cubs Park, the team’s brand-new spring training facility located in Mesa, Arizona.

Cubs Park, which cost $99 million to complete, is spread out over 140 acres and includes four practice fields, a 65,000 square-foot state-of-the-art player development center and a top-of-the-line stadium. Cubs Park seats a Cactus League-leading 15,000 fans.

Cubs Park recently purchased a large package of new Jacobsen equipment from Jacobsen West, Jacobsen’s factory-direct dealer in Arizona, California and southern Nevada. The package included two LF550® large area reel mowers, two Tri-King® small area reel mowers, one ECLIPSE® 322 small area reel mower, one Greens Kingtm 526A walk-behind reel mower and two Cushman® by Jacobsen Turf-Truckster® utility vehicles. The package also included three E-Z-GO® Hauler™ utility vehicles.

Johnathon Knight, Director of Spring Training Facilities and Fields, has used Jacobsen equipment in the past and has developed a strong relationship with Jacobsen West sales representative Ron Proch.

“The fact that I’ve used Jacobsen equipment before coupled with the strong relationship that I’ve developed with Ron really made this decision an easy one for me,” said Knight. “I’m comfortable and confident with Jacobsen, and the willingness that Jacobsen showed to work with our needs made what could have been a very difficult process seem like a no brainer.”

Cubs Park saw its first official action on February 27, 2014 vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks with a record-breaking 14,486 fans. Through the first seven games, Cubs Park welcomed over 90,000 fans, with an average of 13,267 per game.

“The Chicago Cubs are an American sports tradition and we’re honored to be part of their team,” said David Withers, President of Jacobsen. “We look forward to helping their grounds crew present world-class conditions at Cubs Park for years to come.”

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 Jacobsen can be found at

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, 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, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information visit:

For further information please contact:

Adam C. Slick, Public Relations & Communications Manager, Jacobsen

11108 Quality Drive, Charlotte, NC 28273
Tel: 704.504.4867

A new package of Jacobsen and E-Z-GO equipment is displayed on the infield of Cubs Park, the new spring home of the Chicago Cubs. Jacobsen was recently named official turf equipment supplier of Cubs Park.

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