Variety of Experts is Key for Grasshopper at GIE+EXPO
Oct 10, 2011
Insights From Expert, Personal Owner, Commercial Business Available
MOUNDRIDGE, KS – Legendary NFL coach Sam Wyche, Opryland Manager of Horticulture Hollis Malone, and the father and son duo for Stewcare, all have at least two things in common. They rely on their Grasshopper mowers for performance and versatility, and all will make an appearance at Grasshopper Mower’s Indoor Booth: 9130 and Outside Demo: 7542D at the GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 27–29.
“Our mowers can accomplish a wide variety of tasks, whether it’s mowing, turf renovation or snow removal in commercial and homeowner applications,” said Trent Guyer, Marketing Coordinator at Grasshopper. “We’re excited to have leading experts join us at GIE+EXPO who can share their experiences.”
Wyche, a former NFL coach known for his time with the Cincinnati Bengals and for introducing the no-huddle offense, has seen his fair share of turf. Wyche, who will be available for photos, autographs and questions at the Grasshopper Indoor booth has relied on his Grasshopper for more than 11 years to maintain his 28-acre ranch in Pickens, S.C.
“I’m eager to be a part of the Grasshopper team at GIE+EXPO,” said Wyche. “And share my stories about turf and lawn care, hear from other Grasshopper enthusiasts and of course talk a little football.”
While Wyche uses a Grasshopper for his personal lawn care, Malone uses Grasshopper equipment to maintain the grounds at the famous Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center. Malone has won several awards for his green masterpieces from the Interior Plantscape Association, the Interior Landscape Industry, the American Horticultural Society and Associated Landscape Contractors of America.
“Hollis is an amazing talent in our industry and so many people enjoyed hearing his stories and advice, we asked him to join us again this year,” said Guyer. Hollis will be at the Grasshopper booth throughout the show.
The father and son team who own Stewcare, a longtime lawn care and snow removal business based in Delaware, Ohio will share their stories of diesel and durability. Mike Stewart Sr., Stewcare CEO, started the lawn care company in 1978. That same summer he bought two Grasshopper mowers and was told his company was one of the first commercial companies to own Grasshopper machines in the state of Ohio.
“Call it fate or luck, but that first year I started this business a Grasshopper sales representative approached me and said he had a machine that would guarantee my company no down-time,” said Mike Stewart Sr. “And I haven’t found another machine that could perform like my Grasshopper.”
These four Grasshopper users are proud of the performance and versatility they count on from their machines despite various mowing applications they face.
About Grasshopper The Grasshopper Company is a privately held corporation dedicated solely to the design and production of commercial and large-acreage mowing and grounds maintenance equipment. Grasshopper introduced the first zero-turn radius mower with dual swing-out levers in 1969, and other industry firsts include the first diesel-powered zero-turn radius mower in 1983 and the first electric-actuated fold-up mower deck in 2004. Based in Moundridge, Kan., the company distributes its products worldwide and is committed to lean and clean manufacturing practices reducing impact to the environment.