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26 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.17 Superintendents take deep dives into financial manage- ment, managing across cultures and generations, negoti- ating, and motivating and inspiring employees. "All of the aspects of what we covered here have been great," Curtis says. "I've really learned from everything. And this was a great group of guys to meet and network with. It's been a great experience." — Scott Hollister, GCM editor-in-chief Kevin Holleran, president and CEO of Textron Specialized Vehicles and Jacobsen. Photo by Howard Richman A new home for Jacobsen Fresh paint glistens inside this 80,000-square-foot manufacturing facility — and it's the first hint that a new day is on the horizon. At a former home to Procter & Gamble in Augusta, Ga., where the odor of laundry detergent used to perme - ate the building, there are signs of change in the air. The second hint that wheels are in motion is the orange fairway mower, all by itself, in a space that will be bustling with activity by the end of this year. Welcome to Jacobsen's new home. "This place affords us opportunities," says Kevin Hol - leran, president and CEO of Textron Specialized Vehicles, who spearheaded a tour of the facility Dec. 6. "We have got an unrivaled offering to golf courses now." In November, Textron Specialized Vehicles and Ja - cobsen, both Textron companies, announced they were integrating their operations at the company's Augusta lo - cation, resulting in the closure of Jacobsen's facilities in Charlotte, N.C. As of early December, at least 65 people who were employed in Charlotte had decided to relocate to Augusta, where more than 150 jobs will be added. "We hope more of them come (from Charlotte)," Holleran said at that time. "The more of them, the better. They know the product and come with years of knowledge. It will make the transition easier." Holleran, who now also oversees the Jacobsen brand and product lines following the announcement that previ - ous president and CEO David Withers had left the company at the end of 2016, is thrilled by the possibilities of having a sprawling footprint at this new location, just down the street from the facility where Textron Specialized Vehicles builds E-Z-Go golf cars, Cushman commercial vehicles and other product lines. "I'm very excited at the prospects. It's not going to happen overnight, but we will be one face, one solution — a one-stop shop — for the golf course industry," he says. Withers, who told GCM last month that he was plan - ning to move to the United Kingdom with the goal of re- maining in the industry, has high hopes for Jacobsen in its new location. "I think there will be opportunities to build on what we have achieved these last years, and also to lever - age the two brands together to win more business," says Withers, who worked at Jacobsen for 24 years. Jacobsen's operations in Augusta will feature three assembly lines instead of the nine it previously housed in Charlotte, with a mixed model concept, and there will also be an extensive fabrication shop. Phase one of the plan calls for fabrication to be relocated first, and to be in full swing by the end of the first quarter this year. Parts and services are planned to be the final phase later in 2017. "We want to guard against disruption, ensure everything else is up and running," says Holleran, noting that other Jacobsen locations are ready to fulfill customers' needs during the move. Textron Specialized Vehicles, which, in addition to Ja - cobsen, E-Z-Go and Cushman, also includes brands such as Dixie Chopper and Bad Boy Off Road in its stable, is ready to unleash its offerings. Expect to see some of them at the Golf Industry Show next month in Orlando. "These are brands we're committed to, and are absolutely part of our growth strategy going forward," Holleran says. — H.R. Watson family donates materials to Michigan State The Turfgrass Information Center of the Michigan State University Libraries has received a major donation of turfgrass industry materials from the family of the late James R. Watson, Ph.D. Included are hundreds of monographs, including uni - versity extension publications and bulletins, as well as more than 2,000 issues of periodical titles and assorted handwritten notes, loose articles, project binders, corpo - rate-related papers, advertisements, commercial items, business correspondence, and personal papers. The donation also included a few dozen boxes of slides and photographs, which could well be of significance to the history of the discipline. Watson, who passed away in 2013, was known for a variety of turfgrass-related accomplishments, both nation - ally and internationally. He received his bachelor's degree in agronomy in 1947 from Texas A&M University, and in 1950 earned his doctorate from Penn State University. After graduating, he became an assistant professor at Texas A&M before joining The Toro Co. in 1952 as the director of agronomy. Watson received GCSAA's Old Tom Morris Award in 1995. For a list of materials by or about Watson as currently indexed within the Turfgrass Information File (TGIF) data - base, see http://goo.gl/NaD8ME . Things are hopping on Australia course At Anglesea Golf Club in Australia, kangaroos roam free, and golfers and tourists are certainly finding their appearance intriguing, The Wall Street Journal reports. http://goo.gl/J7W7du Residents rescue Alabama facility Heatherwood Hills, a golf course in Birmingham, Ala., was abandoned in 2009, but a group of homeowners invested their own money to resurrect it, according to Birmingham Business Journal. http://goo.gl/mny6An No Trump wall for Irish links President-elect Donald Trump has dropped a potential plan to build a wall to protect Trump In - ternational Golf Links in Doonbeg, Ireland, from being battered by the Atlantic Ocean, according to Irish Independent. http://goo.gl/3SzQMb Tennessee golfer goes the distance A resident of Franklin, Tenn., completed his quest to play all 235 golf courses in Tennessee, The Tennessean reports. http://goo.gl/BMRFpp NEWS in the