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Grasshopper Named Company of the Year 2014 by SME

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Chapter 52 chose The Grasshopper Company as the 2014 Company of the Year during a December 9th ceremony in Wichita, KS where Stan Guyer, president of Grasshopper, accepted the award at The Petroleum Club. The company was recognized for this reward many due to it's manufacturing processes at the company's headquarters and factory located in Moundridge, KS. A tour took place in May 2014 when the processes were observed and compared to other companies manufacturing facilities the SME toured throughout the year. Grosshopper's products which consist of commercial grade zero turn mowers along with various other ground maintenance systems were also a factor when considered for the award.


Grasshopper SME 2014 company of the year
Ryan Wiebe (left), Safety and Environmental Coordinator and Stan Guyer, president of The Grasshopper Company.


During the award ceremony the acting SME chapter 52 chairman Martin Fisher said, “We were impressed with how efficiently the company operates in a concise environment, and were also very impressed with the company’s versatile products. They pay a lot of attention to the ergonomics of the product.” In a separate statement the SME chapter 52 president Stuart Roberts, whom was absent from the event due to illness, stated “Who knew that so many different types of mowers, with so many options, were made for not just U.S. consumers but also exported throughout the world. Grass cutting has reached a phenomenal level of technology.” SME 52 tour director chairman Mike Kreil of Spirit Aerosystems echoed those thoughts, calling Grasshopper “an amazing company”.


Grosshopper's recent facilities and process upgrades include additions to laser, welding, assembly robotics, and an expanded powder coating system. “Each upgrade in our manufacturing process translates to increased precision and overall durability of our products, adding value for our customers who remain our overall number-one focus,” says Ruthanne Stucky, Grasshopper’s director of marketing.


Guyer said the award is especially significant considering that the company’s guiding principles include manufacturing excellence and product quality. “Our manufacturing process is a great source of pride, it represents who we are and what we’re committed to. We believe these investments are investments in our future – not only for our company, but for our community, our county and our state. We’re proud that SME recognized our pursuit of engineering and manufacturing excellence.”


The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) was founded in 1932 to assist in the advancement of the mechanical engineering profession. Today it covers technologies in automation, robotics, testing, measurement, material removal and machining. The SME Chapter 52 serves the greater south-central Kansas manufacturing community with assisting the advancement of professionalism, knowledge base and the promotion of manufacturing education.