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Dixie Chopper production goes back to Fillmore roots

Friday, June 19, 2009

"Back to Basics" has become a popular rallying cry for American manufacturers battling the current economic situation.

And Dixie Chopper is no exception. In fact, the local lawn mower manufacturing company has been running an advertising campaign that states: "While other companies get back to the basics ... we never left."

Dixie Chopper, however, has recently left the old Mallory Capacitor Corp. building on Greencastle's East Side after more than 3-1/2 years to take its assembly process back to its roots in Fillmore.

All assembly lines and production work -- including manufacturing of the new Eco-Eagle CNG (compressed natural gas-powered) lawn mower -- are now consolidated at the original Dixie Chopper facility along Cemetery Road just outside Fillmore. The Dixie Chopper Media Department and Dixie Chopper Credit currently remain in the old Mallory plant at 1701 Indianapolis Rd., although the Media Department awaits only the a little more remodeling before making a move of its own.

All in all, the move back to Fillmore is basically motivated by simple economics, Dixie Chopper President and CEO Gary A. Morgan said.

"Being consolidated under one roof will mean greater efficiency and increased production for Dixie Chopper," Morgan said.

Over Labor Day weekend in 2005, Dixie Chopper moved its assembly lines and subassembly areas into the 96,000-square-foot Greencastle facility as the company celebrated its 25th anniversary, however, it should be a smooth transition back to the 126,000-square-foot company headquarters in Fillmore.

In April 1980, Dixie Chopper owner/founder Art Evans completed the first zero-turn-radius Dixie Chopper in an old barn on what had been part of his parents' family farm. Today more than 100,000 Dixie Choppers have been manufactured and put to work across the United States and Canada. Every one of those mowers has been built here in Putnam County.

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Dixe Chopper has finally waken up and gotten rid of some of the most wasteful and negligent management personnel I have ever been assosiated with. I hope the 'back to basic' works for them, and the don't try to get to big for their britches again. Maybe they can appreciate their production employees again and not just "management".

-- Posted by dcsaiht on Fri, Jun 19, 2009, at 8:20 AM

Gone from one buddy system to another.

-- Posted by concern on Fri, Jun 19, 2009, at 12:43 PM

I imagine that if I were behind the production of 100,000 lawnmowers, my britches would be big too. That is an amazing success to emerge from this county. Not very many people can say they did it.

Last time I checked, a man is free to build and run his business as he wants. Forgive me, but I don't see where Dixie Chopper warrants such trash talk.

Would you be more proud if the man sold out his operation to a Chinese manufacturing company and dropped all operations here completely? I was just wondering.

-- Posted by Xgamer on Sat, Jun 20, 2009, at 4:32 PM

Who is the "he or I" the last two comments are refering to? It surely is not Art Evans, as he no longer has anything to do the day to day operations and really has no say as to the decisions being made or atleast thats what I gathered from the above article. His name wasn't mention and neither were is sons. What I gather from the article above Gary Morgan is calling the shots. Art and his family may sit on the board not sure, sounds to me like he has already sold out.

-- Posted by tjchopper on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 9:03 AM

Right on Xgamer!

-- Posted by mal on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 9:11 AM

I know some people that work(ed)there and they all say that things have changed alot since Art stepped back. Guys don't have the employee manager relations that they use to. But on the other hand the one's still working are thankful to have a job still

-- Posted by c1991 on Wed, Jun 24, 2009, at 6:50 AM

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