GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (date)—Effective January 1, 2018, the Engines Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. assigned Canadian distribution responsibilities to Turf Care Products Canada, headquartered in Ontario, Canada. The new arrangement follows the review of long-term company needs and will enhance the service support for the growing base of Kawasaki dealers in Canada.
Karen Howard, Kawasaki’s director, national dealer sales channel, marketing and order services, said that Turf Care is “well-suited to providing all of the key components we seek in our ongoing efforts to elevate the level of service that our dealers receive.”
Howard pointed specifically to Turf Care’s capabilities with same-day shipments, field and office technical support, around-the-clock online dealer ordering, and a French-speaking bilingual staff so important to a large area of the country. Turf Care also maintains eight warehouses to service companies.
Turf Care, which has been in business for more than 40 years, is the largest Canadian distributor of turf equipment, irrigation systems, golf cars, accessories, and low voltage lighting products. The company, which has in excess of 120 employees, is also one of the largest FedEx customers in Eastern Canada. A member of Canada’s Partners in Protection Program, Turf Care’s inbound shipments are allowed to use “fast” lanes and often clear customs following receipt at their warehouse, rather than having to hold product at the border until clearance is provided.
“Overall, we expect Turf Care’s internal systems to complement Kawasaki’s ongoing commitment to dealer network service as we continue to broaden our product line,” said Howard.
Kawasaki Engines, a division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., distributes gasoline engines for landscape, industrial, and consumer markets. The division is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich. It sells to and services customers through a network of more than 40 OEMs, 15 distributors, and more than 7,500 independent dealers throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, select countries in Central and South America, and the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific, including Guam.