Ransomes' German turf care distributor celebrates half century

Ransomes Jacobsen's distributor for Germany, TTC (the Turf Care Company GmbH) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012.

On a recent visit to Ransomes Jacobsen’s Ipswich headquarters managing director John Moore was presented with a commemorative crystal memento by David Withers, president of Jacobsen.

Commenting on TTC’s milestone anniversary and their continued association with Ransomes, Withers said:

"Over the past 50 years TTC has been the perfect example of what is expected from a distributor of a multi-national business, such as ours. Well managed, loyal, profitable, balancing their needs with ours and providing excellent returns; they represent everything we look for in our business partners. However, what really makes this an outstanding business are its people. A significant number of the staff have been with the company for decades, providing continuity and service excellence to their customers.

"Everyone in Ipswich and Charlotte extends their warmest congratulations to John Moore and his team as they reach this milestone in the company’s history and wish them continued success as they enter the next half century of business."

The TTC company was founded in 1962 as Landre and Glinderman GmbH, a joint venture between Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies and their Dutch distributor at that time, the Landre Group. In 1970 the company moved to new and larger premises in Munster, where it is located today.

In 1976, Ransomes, Simms and Jefferies acquired the shares of the Landre Group and the company became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Ipswich-based manufacturer, trading as Ransomes Germany GmbH. During a period of continued success, the company expanded into neighbouring countries, but still operating from its base in Munster. The company’s trading name changed to Ransomes GmbH.

In 1998, Textron – a US-based manufacturing conglomerate – acquired Ransomes in the UK and merged it with their existing Jacobsen turf maintenance equipment division in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ransomes GmbH took over the activities of Jacobsen E-Z-GO Textron GmbH, distributing an enhanced range of mowers, golf cars and related equipment across Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Reflecting this change in ownership, the company was known as Ransomes Jacobsen GmbH.

The year 2002 was significant for the business as it was sold from direct ownership by Textron to a private investment group TCR, headed by Thomas Reiter, a German entrepreneur with a group of businesses centred around the golf industry supplying hardware to golf professionals and turf maintenance equipment to golf courses. Now an independent importer, the business still focused on its core business distributing Ransomes, Jacobsen, Cushman, Ryan and E-Z-GO products across an expanded trading territory that included Hungary and Croatia. The company name was changed to TTC – the Turf Care Company GmbH.

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