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February 10, 2012

Channel analysis

The year 2010 was a year of double-digit declines for lawn mower sales. Happily, 2011 saw an 8.1% increase, according to consumer research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group, though lawn mower sales remain below the 2009 sales of about $3.2 billion. The resurgence is making the biggest impact at warehouse home centers (WHC) and specialty stores, according to the data.

December 23, 2011

Purists might scoff, but Craftsman's premium line of riding mowers capable of speeds of 8 miles per hour will appear at the Detroit Auto Show.

The Craftsman CTX9000 Premium Tractor will appear at the Detroit Auto Show, Jan. 10 to 11 at Cobo Hall, Detroit.

June 7, 2011

“Buy from the merchants who are your next-door neighbors. They are the folks who go to church with you, buy from other local firms and keep the money flowing within the community. Your local independent retailer is a longtime resident of the area who actively participates in and generously supports the community.”


That passage was written by a retail store owner, who worried about large competitors encroaching on his turf. The year wasn’t 2011, 2001 or even 1991. 


May 9, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Kohler Co. of Kohler, Wis., has recalled 10,000 lawn tractors sold under the Cub Cadet, Troy-Bilt and Husqvarna brands because of the possibility of injuries to users.

A wire connector on the lawn tractors’ engine can become disconnected, causing the operator's seat switch to fail. When this happens, the blades will not shut down, posing a laceration hazard to consumer.

March 31, 2011

Electric corded lawn mowers accounted for only 6% of the walk-behind market in 2010 — but that’s up from 2.9% in 2009, according to data from consumer research firm The NPD Group.


Soaring fuel prices, tougher government emissions standards and a general trend toward environmental stewardship have given rise to more cordless electric walk mowers and manual mowers, especially for homeowners with smaller lawns. And powered mowers are feeling the trend, as well.


March 31, 2011

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of certain Toro Z Master ZRT Mowers.

According to the CPSC: "Mowers with the optional deluxe seat have an operator presence switch built into the seat that may activate the mower when the operator vacates the seat, posing an injury hazard from the blade to the operator and anyone in the vicinity of the mower."

January 22, 2011

Doron Broadfoot, president of The Rent-It Store in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, took over as chair for the board of trustees of the American Rental Association Foundation.

The Moline, Ill.-based ARA Foundation also named a new vice chair. Catherine DeBusk, VP of Party People Rentals in Phoenix will fill that post. Two new trustees joined the Foundation board: Andy Cooke, VP Cooke Rentals in North Carolina, and Dave Garton, sales and marketing manager for John Deere, Moline, Ill.

January 20, 2011

Houston-based Leslie Doggett Industries will be moving its Houston John Deere Construction Equipment dealership to a new location on the site of a historic Chevrolet dealership, according to the Houston Business Journal. 

According to the article, it is estimated that Leslie Doggett paid $8.4 million for the 23.5-acre site.

December 15, 2010

Moline, Ill.-based Deere & Co. announced it will build a construction equipment manufacturing plant in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) in northern China.

The new facility will produce four-wheel-drive loaders and excavators for sale in China and for export. The company said the facility represents a $50 million investment and is the company’s sixth manufacturing location in China and the second in the TEDA.

December 13, 2010

Moline, Ill.-based Deere & Co. announced it has completed the sale of its wind energy business, John Deere Renewables, to Chicago-based Exelon Generation Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Exelon Corporation.

The sale was completed Dec. 10 and consisted of 36 wind projects in eight states- generating 735 operating megawatts of clean, renewable energy- enough to power 160,000 to 220,000 households.
 

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October 24, 2010

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September 16, 2010

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August 31, 2010

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August 4, 2008

Existing John Deere branded handheld power equipment will soon be substituted with Stihl brand products...

July 22, 2008

A woman is suing Sears over a 2006 incident in which a lawn mower fell...

June 4, 2008

Nathan Jones retired from John Deere in December 2007 after serving 28 years with the manufacturer....

March 19, 2008

Zero-turn radius riding mowers are gaining market share, while consumers are turning to alternatives to...

March 16, 2008

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March 2, 2008

As Americans begin gearing up for the spring lawn and garden season, home channel retailers...

February 14, 2008

According to Robert W. Lane, chairman and CEO of Deere, favorable conditions throughout the global...

November 20, 2007

Strong global farm economy bolsters fourth-quarter results...

September 6, 2007

Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Global Retailing Conference, Lowe’s executives name some up-and-coming trends in...

August 1, 2007

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