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Airport Gravely Display

This may have been posted earlier but I do not recall ever seeing it... so, here, for your viewing pleasure is the Gravely Display at the Green Bay, WI (Austin Straubel International Airport).

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I just spent the last week up in the Upper Penisula in Michigan and coming back yesterday I found myself once again at this airport and this time I stopped to take a photograph of this display rather than just thinking about doing it! The Gravely manufacturing facility is in Brillion, WI which is about 25 miles from Green Bay.

There is a really nice Gravely and Ariens museum in Brillion that hopefully I can go to again. I did go once several years back while it was still being set up (my now-retired father in law was a mechanical engineer at Ariens) but this was well before I had any interest in Gravelys. Now, it would be a great adventure!!!

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Is it just me or am I the only one spending several minutes questioning why there are mowers on display in an airport?

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Is it just me or am I the only one spending several minutes questioning why there are mowers on display in an airport?
Craftsman_4791,
That was just one of the two mower displays at that airport (just opposite of the Gravelys was an Ariens display)! I think it is quite fitting to have these displays as this is big business to the area.

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Is it just me or am I the only one spending several minutes questioning why there are mowers on display in an airport?
A lot of airports have displays/advertisements for local businesses. The airport in Hartford here has a giant Lego display of the Mark Twain house - the house/museum is in Hartford, and Lego main US office is in Enfield, CT. Travelers Insurance (also based in Hartford) has a big interactive projector display on one of the two concourses that are a lot of fun for kids.

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Craftsman_4791,
That was just one of the two mower displays at that airport (just opposite of the Gravelys was an Ariens display)! I think it is quite fitting to have these displays as this is big business to the area.
Makes sense I'd bet air ports round here have had a Blenko Glass or Rainbow Glass display in them B4.
W.Va. has always had a big glass industry because of three things, rivers to move product, sand from river banks to make it and cheap and plentifull natural gas to melt said sand and such.
I'd wager you can find a horse statue in the greater Louisville air port also. Or Lexington I forget lol! I think everyone knows what I mean.
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I was telling my son that I purchased a commercial Gravely a while back. I didn’t tell him what I paid for the ProTurn 152. He wasn’t impressed that I bought a commercial mower to keep up with 5 acres. He had not heard of Gravely, except for the old walk behind tractor bush hog that I had described to him on a phone call that I was mowing the pastures and now the woods with. He flew into the same airport for a weak long business meeting, and saw the same Gravely display (pictured above) and had to stop and carefully inspect them. He sent me the same picture. I told him, “Yeeup, I have the ProTurn 152”. He was impressed with my choice. Now he wants a house on more land so he can have a Gravely instead of his Cub Cadet. Knowing him, he’ll probably get a ProTurn 460. Always has to out do his dad.
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It would likely cost as much to hire an advertising agency to come up with an ad as it would to take actual machines (at MFG. cost!) to display. What would be more impressive to you...a poster on the wall, or the real, in-the-flesh machines? Lots of folks have to wait in airports. Gives them a good opportunity to look at the quality.
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It is live advertising of a product. It used to be more popular.

Remember the fiat x19 from silver streak . It was on display in union station Chicago and Richard Pryor drives it away at the end of the movie

they always seem to have a new car on display at Costco also




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It is live advertising of a product. It used to be more popular.

Remember the fiat x19 from silver streak . It was on display in union station Chicago and Richard Pryor drives it away at the end of the movie

they always seem to have a new car on display at Costco also




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I always hear of Costco but there isn't one around here.
Are they a discount food chain or do they sell about everything?
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It would likely cost as much to hire an advertising agency to come up with an ad as it would to take actual machines (at MFG. cost!) to display. What would be more impressive to you...a poster on the wall, or the real, in-the-flesh machines? Lots of folks have to wait in airports. Gives them a good opportunity to look at the quality.
Given that airports have a LOT of grass..... They should have a 'test drive' area for the mowers.
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Costco is like a sams club. Food hardware car tires batteries home furniture . Pharmacy optical gasoline . 55$/year membership. Seasonal merchandise changes. I use them for rental cars as they are the cheapest. Costco. Com delivers


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Costco is like a sams club. Food hardware car tires batteries home furniture . Pharmacy optical gasoline . 55$/year membership. Seasonal merchandise changes. I use them for rental cars as they are the cheapest. Costco. Com delivers


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Thanks, we have Sams but no Costco that I know of close by.
I had membership at Sams once but it just didnt pay to be a member to go there and just look around and buy this and that now & then.
Now it is worthwile in several situations but just not mine.
I worked at a place for just a little while and they paid for the employees to be Sams Club members now that was great.
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