Aug. 8 2019 03:37 PM

The announcement of the deal means that the zero-turn mower brand will continue being manufactured.

Equipment manufacturer Alamo Group Inc., Seguin, Texas, has announced that it has acquired the assets of the Dixie Chopper business from Textron Outdoor Power Equipment Inc., a subsidiary of Textron Inc., Providence, Rhode Island.

Greencastle, Indiana-based Dixie Chopper manufactures a wide range of commercial and high-end residential mowing equipment and has been serving that market for nearly 40 years.

Ron Robinson, Alamo Group’s president and chief executive officer commented, “We are pleased to have completed the acquisition of Dixie Chopper. They are an iconic brand in the zero-turn mowing industry and provide both a range of products and channel coverage that will complement and enhance our platform for growth. They will become part of Alamo Group’s Agricultural Division.”

Rick Raborn, executive vice president of Alamo Group’s Agricultural Division commented, “We are truly excited to be further investing in the outdoor power equipment channel with an established brand such as Dixie Chopper. We look forward to working with our new team members and supporting all of our new dealers in an effort to grow in this market.”

There had been much industry speculation about the possible fate of the Dixie Chopper brand ever since a Dec. 7, 2018 story that appeared in Rural Lifestyle News. That story reported that Textron had sent a Dec. 5 memo to its dealer network that it was planning to cease production of Dixie Chopper zero-turn mowers.

Alamo Group designs, manufactures, distributes and services high quality equipment for infrastructure maintenance, agriculture and other applications. Its products include truck and tractor mounted mowing and other vegetation maintenance equipment, street sweepers, snow removal equipment, excavators, vacuum trucks, other industrial equipment, agricultural implements and related aftermarket parts and services.