New Exmark Manufacturing Mowers Donated to Two Organizations

BEATRICE – A trails association and an area school district are the latest organizations to benefit from a Beatrice Manufacturer’s ongoing program, donating locally-built mowers.

Exmark Manufacturing, a division of the Toro Company, today donated Exmark Lazer-E model mowers to two organizations…the Homestead Trails Association, and Freeman Public Schools, at Adams.

Colleen Schoneweis is President of the Homestead Trails Association, which maintains the Chief Standing Bear Trail from just south of Beatrice to the Nebraska-Kansas border…a distance of over 19 miles.

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Ross Greathouse is Past President and Founder of the Nebraska Trails Foundation, which raises money for trails in the state and backed construction of Chief Standing Bear Trail. He thanked Exmark and the volunteer association for their work and support.

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Freeman Public Schools, which began in 1999 as the consolidation of Filley and Adams Public Schools, has expanded their facilities.  Superintendent Randy Page says Exmark has been a great partner on several school and community projects.

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Exmark’s Patty Kaufman says the mower donation program is part of the company’s deep roots in the community, which includes projects to help build community improvement projects.

Working with the Toro Charitable Giving Foundation, the company does a $25,000 project each year in the area.  The latest one will be a restoration of land near the Big Blue River in Beatrice, where a salvage business was formerly located. The company will also be working on a project in De Witt.

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Exmark will be giving about $70,000 back to the community in a Land, Water, Thrive Grant…with details soon to be announced.

The mowers awarded to the trails’ association and school district Tuesday, each have a retail value of between $10,000 and $11,000….and are built at the company’s Gage County Industrial Park plant.

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