The employees of Turf magazine and its parent company Grand View Media join the rest of the green industry in offering their heartfelt condolences and prayers to the employees and the Excel Industries’ family in the wake of Thursday’s tragic incident at the plant.

Authorities confirm that paint line worker Cedric Ford, 38, armed with an assault rifle at the Kansas facility, shot and killed three employees and wounded 14 others, many of them critically, before an officer, responding to a 911 call, shot and killed Ford.

Excel Industries is a pioneer in the development and manufacture of zero-turn mowers. Excel Industries produces Big Dog and a full line of Hustler residential, commercial and industrial mowers at its Hesston, Kansas manufacturing facility.