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Kansas Made, Kansas Proud - July 21, 2017

Staff Sgt. Clinton Petit takes a spin on a grasshopper mower, saying it's like driving a golf cart. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Elaine Mayo)

Q: Groundskeepers at the White House use Kansas-made lawnmowers and other lawn and garden products to keep things looking sharp. What’s the name of the Kansas company that makes these mowers and where in Kansas are they manufactured? (Name the town!)


 
A: the Grasshopper Company, Moundridge, Kansas 
 
The Grasshopper Company was founded in 1969 in Moundridge, Kansas. The company has a workforce of nearly 300 employees at its 350,000 square-foot facility in the central Kansas town. Every Grasshopper mower is designed, engineered, manufactured, assembled and tested right there in Moundridge.  
 
This month, the Grasshopper Company represented the state of Kansas at the "Made In America" product showcase hosted by President Donald J. Trump at the White House (on July 17, 2017). A Grasshopper Model 727T-EFI FrontMount mower was on display outside the Rose Garden along with 49 other products from all 50 states.
 
Grasshopper mowers are sold through a network of independent distributors and dealerships in all 50 states. They’re also in use in more than 40 countries worldwide.
 
Fun Factoid: Grasshopper mowers have been used by White House groundskeepers since 2003 for mowing, leaf collection and snow removal.

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