The Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) announced on October 2 that one of its manufacturer members, Grasshopper Mowers, has stepped up in a big way to support the agriculture equipment industry.
Following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, EDA sent a solicitation to its members requesting donations for the Equipment Dealers Foundation’s (EDF) Disaster Relief Fund. The fund, which was formed in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina, helps to offset the financial demands on dealers and their employees who are affected by natural disasters.
In response to the request, Grasshopper Mowers called upon their employees to contribute to the Disaster Relief Fund and promised to match every dollar they donated. “We wanted to get involved and show our support for our dealers who have been affected by these hurricanes,” said Trent Guyer, VP of marketing for Grasshopper. “We thought challenging our employees to donate and promising to match their contributions would provide everyone an opportunity to help and provide as much relief as possible to those in need.”
Needless to say, EDA is grateful for their support. “Over the last few years, the foundation, and the Disaster Relief Fund in particular, has disbursed more money than it’s taken in,” said Joe Dykes, VP of industry relations. “We quickly realized, with the devastation these hurricanes were causing, that we would be likely be inundated with Disaster Relief Applications. When we got the call from Grasshopper, we were thrilled! We always appreciate manufacturers supporting their dealers, but this was more than we expected.”
EDF continues to accept both Disaster Relief Applications from dealership employees and donations from those who are able to help. For additional information, please contact the EDA office at (636) 349-5000.