Nov 19, 2013

Grasshopper selects two landscape contractors for exclusive award



Chris Shipp and Rodney Miles join ranks of the Built To Last Club at GIE+EXPO 2013 MOUNDRIDGE, Kan. Celebrating the successes of local landscape contractors and their use of Grasshopper equipment, The Grasshopper Company manufacturer of commercial zero-turn mowers headquartered in Moundridge recently inducted Chris Shipp, owner of Shipp Shape Lawn Service in Sylvester, Ga., and Rodney Miles, owner of Miles Mowing & Lawn Care in Portland, Ind., into the company's exclusive “Built To Last Club. The recipients were presented with “Built To Last honors at a special ceremony October 24 hosted by Grasshopper at the GIE+EXPO 2013 in Louisville, Ky. Grasshopper established the “Built To Last” award to recognize the accomplishments of landscape contractors who have used Grasshopper equipment as the centerpiece of their business growth and/or individuals who have been loyal to the brand. Both Shipp and Miles were selected for their dedication to the Grasshopper brand by owning a total of 47 Grasshopper mowers over a combined 37 years of business. Shipp has owned 14 Grasshopper mowers over 20 years, and Miles has owned 33 over 17 years of business. Both companies also utilize various Grasshopper implements and attachments, with plans to purchase additional Grasshopper equipment in 2014. In addition, both men have built strong businesses on the foundation of delivering superior customer service and providing lasting value to their customers. "“As a company, we understand that we would not be here if it were not for the individuals and businesses that purchase and use our equipment," says Trent Guyer, marketing coordinator at Grasshopper. ‘Built To Last’ award recognizes our loyal customers and celebrates their accomplishments in the lawn care industry. We are proud to present this award to Chris and Rodney and welcome them into this exclusive club. In addition to public recognition from Grasshopper, every “Built To Last award recipient receives a vacation to the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn.; custom Grasshopper gear with the “Built To Last” logo, the recipient'’s name and year of recognition embroidered; use of the “Built To Last” logo to promote their businesses and brands; and a full feature user story on the Grasshopper website. Click to read Shipp's story. Click to read Miles' story. 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.

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 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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