It was the end of an era recently when the last G-Plex III ride-on greens mower rolled off the Ransomes Jacobsen production line at their Ipswich manufacturing facility. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and one of the leading manufacturers of golf course maintenance equipment.
This was the 3,536th G-Plex built at Ipswich since production began in the UK, back in 1998. Previously the first incarnation of this ever popular mower, the GP160, was built at the Cushman plant in Lincoln, Nebraska in the USA.
Dom La Bella, Team Leader on the G-Plex production line, who has been involved with every machine that has come down the line in the past 12 years commented, "To have produced over 3500 units is a great achievement, especially as around 40% are exported around the world with a majority going to the USA. I am very proud of the team that builds them and it's a sad day to see a real stalwart of greens mowing disappear.
"Mind you, we have now changed the line to take the new GP400, which is the replacement for the G-Plex and this is a machine that has taken all the best features of the old mower and added new, modern systems to provide better functionality and operator comfort. We're confident that we'll be producing just as many over the coming years."
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