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Raven Golf Works With John Deere Distributor to Construct Pendleton

CARY, N.C. – November 1, 2004 – John Deere today announced that its One Source program has been chosen to provide products and services during the construction and future maintenance of Pendleton Golf Course, located in Ladysmith, Va. The project – a par-72, 7,100-yard championship golf course – was designed by Thomas Walker and will be constructed by Raven Golf Construction (based out of Birmingham, Al.). The course is the first phase of Pendleton Community, a 3,500-unit residential and mixed-use development.

“We are extremely pleased to announce yet another complete One Source project,” remarks Dave Truttmann, division sales manager, John Deere Golf & Turf One Source. “Since the launch less than a year ago, our distributors have been hard at work throughout the country, readying their staffs and working on various One Source projects. This new project is exceptionally exciting as it’s yet another opportunity to demonstrate the full concept in action.”

Throughout the past few months, Raven Golf Construction has worked closely with John Deere distributor Revels Tractor Company to develop an action plan for the course construction.

“The local John Deere distributor is key to the One Source concept,” says Jim Kuykendall, owner of Raven Golf Construction. “When we began outlining our needs with Revels’ personnel, we were extremely impressed with their accommodating nature. In the end, they were able to provide us with everything we required.”

In addition to the dedication of the distributor, Kuykendall touted efficiency and effectiveness as keys to choosing One Source.

“When you’re building a golf course, there are just so many details to consider. My personal philosophy includes looking for ways to achieve efficiency and effectiveness throughout the duration of the project. John Deere One Source mirrored that philosophy. One Source has already taken a tremendous workload off the architect, the developer (Tricord, Inc.) and me. We have saved time by utilizing One Source for research, materials procurement and much more. And we’re seeing cost savings in various aspects of the project by working through one contact.”

According to Larry Adcock, sales manager for Revels Tractor, the contract includes construction equipment from John Deere Construction & Forestry, drainage products from Hancor, a full irrigation package from Hunter Golf, grass seed from Turf-Seed, fertilizer from Howard Fertilizer, and a commitment for the purchase of John Deere mowing and maintenance equipment in the future. He added that John Deere Credit is being utilized for part of the financing, and additional One Source partner products are being considered for use throughout the construction and grow-in process.

John Deere Golf & Turf One Source
John Deere Golf & Turf One Source is a full-service platform bringing together equipment, agronomic products and other services to better serve the expanding needs of golf course superintendents, owners, architects and management companies. The program offers a full line of industry-leading precision greens, fairway and rough mowers; aerators; bunker rakes; rotary cutters; utility vehicles and compact utility tractors, including certified pre-owned equipment through the John Deere Assured program. As the official golf course equipment and One Source supplier to the PGA Tour, superintendents can count on John Deere to provide the tournament-level quality needed on today's golf courses.

Additional products offered through the One Source program include seed, fertilizer, landscaping supplies, irrigation, fertigation, drainage and golf course accessories, all available for purchase through a local John Deere distributor. With the only credit, lease and financing program created specifically for golf course equipment and a dedicated distributor network, John Deere provides unmatched parts and service support.

John Deere is noted for more than 165 years of innovation, the highest-quality products, and its product and operator safety initiatives.

In September Tricord, Inc. hosted the groundbreaking for Pendleton Golf Course with the management and development teams, local government officials and John Deere personnel all in attendance.

Please forward One Source sales inquiries to: John Deere Inquiry Department, P.O. Box 13603, Research Triangle Park, N.C. 27709. Readers may also call 800.537.8233 or visit www.JohnDeere.com.

For more information on Raven Golf Construction, call 205.302.0079 or email Jim at jravengolf@aol.com.


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