Nov 30, 2015
Grasshopper hosts Ned Yost, KC Royals manager, at factory
MOUNDRIDGE, Kan. – November 30, 2015 – Ned Yost, manager of the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals, spent the day at Grasshopper world headquarters Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Yost, who led the Royals to back-to-back World Series appearances, was joined by his wife, Deborah, to take delivery of a new Grasshopper mower during a factory tour and autograph session for employees.
"Ned and the Royals know how to power through until the job is complete," says Trent Guyer, marketing coordinator at Grasshopper and die-hard Royals fan. "They exemplify the best in sports, demonstrating the drive and work ethic to succeed at the highest level. We believe in a similar commitment to excellence at Grasshopper as we manufacture the highest quality mowers and grounds maintenance equipment."
Yost selected Grasshopper to maintain the lawn at his southern Georgia home based on the recommendation of his close friend and neighbor, comedian Jeff Foxworthy. Foxworthy uses several Grasshopper mowers to mow and complete other maintenance tasks on the grounds of his multi-thousand-acre farm.
"I've mowed with Jeff's several times, so I knew exactly which model is best for me," said Yost. "I'm going to love mine." Upon seeing the high-tech Grasshopper manufacturing facilities in Moundridge, Yost said, "Jeff has told me Grasshopper is one product that lives up to all its hype. He is right!"
(PHOTO Caption) Ned Yost, manager of the KC Royals, with his new Grasshopper mower during a Nov. 24, 2015, factory tour.
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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 liquid-cooled 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.
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