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Art Evans Family Endowment

Art and Noi Evans

Year Founded


Art Evans

Purpose of Fund
Art Evans started this endowment to support the charities and charitable projects benefitting the community and people of Putnam County.

History of Fund
A down-to-earth, self-made businessman, Dixie Chopper owner/founder Art Evans didn’t invent the zero-turning-radius mower but he certainly perfected it after seeing one at the Indiana State Fair in the 1970s. He knew then and there ZTR was the future of mowing, and that the familiar old lawn tractor with a steering wheel would soon be going the way of black-and-white TV.

The first Dixie Chopper was completed on the Evans family farm near Fillmore in April 1980. Now, 28 years later, Evans presides over an internationally known company featuring 23 mower models that embody the slogan “The World’s Fastest Lawn Mower”

The 66-year-old Evans doesn’t even have an office at Dixie Chopper headquarters in Fillmore/Coatesville, despite being named Indiana Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and finishing among the top three finalists at the national competition in Palm Springs, Calif.

He still wears a Dixie ballcap to work and roams the factory, troubleshooting whenever and wherever necessary. His favorite hangout is the Research and Development unit, where “Area 51” is painted on the door and an alien figure keeps visitors at bay as work continues on the next generation of Dixie Chopper mowers.

Part of Dixie Chopper's success comes from an ability to think outside the box while maintaining the company’s storied standards of speed, quality, and reliability.

In one six-figure venture, the Orange County Choppers gang of “American Chopper” television fame built a Dixie Chopper Bike, utilizing the company’s distinctive lawn mower parts. The resulting two-part segment on the "American Chopper" TV series has aired literally dozens of times. The motorcycle helped introduce a new user base to Dixie Chopper as well as generating sales of toys, T-shirts, and other novelties.

Dixie Chopper now employs approximately 150 people at three Indiana locations -- its Fillmore/Coatesville headquarters; a 100,000-square-foot facility in Greencastle that houses its assembly lines and Media Department; and at the Dixie Chopper Business Center. The latter is located at the Greencastle/Putnam County Airport, where Dixie Chopper Air operates the terminal, and the company has a restaurant, twelve hotel rooms and a banquet room that are available to the public.

Grant / Payout History

First Grant Awarded

2004: $1,000

Most Recent Grant Award

2017: $676.36

Total Grant Awards:


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