Ransomes Jacobsen Open House a great success

A recent Open House event held at the Ransomes Jacobsen headquarters in Ipswich attracted more than 400 guests.

Attendees at the two-day September event took part in factory tours, equipment displays and demonstrations and outdoor games including a nearest the pin competition on the company’s three-hole golf course.

Various industry partners attended the event including BIGGA, STRI, IOG and GEO, as well as suppliers to the sector, Scotts, Syngenta, Bernhards and Broadwood International.

A Family and Friends Day held the following weekend drew over 600 people to see the equipment produced at the Ipswich site. Entertainment was provided for children including a model steam railway, a ‘beat the goalie’ competition, music from a local school band and a BBQ lunch.

Ransomes Jacobsen managing director David Withers said: "It was quite a week and exceeded all expectations.  We had around 430 visitors over the two industry days and 258 of those toured the manufacturing plant.

"Some came from as far away as Holland and Australia, and many remarked that they had not appreciated that we produced mowing equipment on this scale, so it was pleasing to get that message across to so many."

Commenting on the Family and Friends Day, he said: "The parade of Ipswich manufactured products went down particularly well, with members from the production lines driving the vehicles around the arena to the cheers of their family, friends and colleagues."

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