Textron Specialized Vehicles and Jacobsen, both Textron companies, have confirmed earlier media reports that they will combine their operations at facilities in Augusta, Ga., by the end of 2017, resulting in the closure of Jacobsen's operations in Charlotte, N.C.
Those earlier reports, which came from North Carolina Business Wire News and appeared in the Charlotte Observer, indicated the consolidation process would be completed by the end of this year. But a release from Textron confirmed that process will actually be phased in between now and the conclusion of next year.
According to that company news release, the marriage of the two companies will allow them to better serve their shared customers in golf and other industries, and operate more efficiently through a common supply chain and efficiencies of scale in manufacturing and back-office operations.
“The combination of Textron Specialized Vehicles and Jacobsen will be nimble, optimally sized, and well equipped to meet the evolving needs of our customers,” said Kevin Holleran, president and CEO of Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. “We are working carefully to ensure a seamless transition that is invisible to customers. We will maintain the level of support and service — before, during, and after the sale — that both Jacobsen and TSV customers expect and demand.”