Newman to visit Dixie Chopper facilities Tuesday

Thursday, June 24, 2010

GREENCASTLE -- NASCAR driver Ryan Newman, winner of 14 Sprint Cup races, including the 2008 Daytona 500, will visit Dixie Chopper facilities in both Fillmore and Greencastle on June 29.

Newman, who drives the No. 39 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet, will also make one public appearance locally on Tuesday.

Newman will be in town for a video and photo shoot for Dixie Chopper advertising purposes, but will also have lunch and hold a Q-and-A session with employees at the company's Fillmore headquarters.

The day will end with a two-hour public autograph session (5-7 p.m.) at the Dixie Chopper Business Center, located at the Putnam County Airport on Greencastle's East Side (Ballard Lane off of Indianapolis Road/State Road 240). The first 200 people who obtain a wristband at the Business Center (available beginning at noon on June 29) will be able to have one item autographed by Newman.

Newman, a 32-year-old South Bend native, owns three Dixie Chopper Xcaliber lawn mowers and cuts the grass himself at his Statesville, N.C., home and on his farm property nearby.

Dixie Chopper is currently celebrating its 30th year of building "The World's Fastest Lawn Mower." All of its zero-turn mowers are made and assembled in Putnam County.

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  • That is really nice that Newman is taking time out to come to Greencastle. It would be nice of Dixie Chopper could take better care of their employees with a pay increase and not layoff to sponsor racing people.

    -- Posted by south putnam taxpaper on Thu, Jun 24, 2010, at 8:17 AM
  • I believe more advertising means more business and that means more jobs, less lay-off time and prosperity to the company and the community. Sounds like a good investment to me.

    -- Posted by alfr1 on Thu, Jun 24, 2010, at 10:13 AM
  • i guess that you are one of the lucky ones that have never been layed off by this company.

    -- Posted by south putnam taxpaper on Thu, Jun 24, 2010, at 1:01 PM
  • I don't know how you can sell merchandise without advertising? I see Dixie signs and advertising all around the country. I think without this advertising you not only would be laid off. You would never have had a job. It must be tough and I am sorry you are in that position.

    -- Posted by bearcat on Thu, Jun 24, 2010, at 2:47 PM
  • Who has not laid off the last 2 yrs? I really dont know of any companies that have not. Its been hard on all business and all employees. If you have not been laid off your worried you might and I cant imagine mowers have been to high on anyones list the last couple of years for purchases.

    -- Posted by G-boy2008 on Thu, Jun 24, 2010, at 3:28 PM
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