Pike Creek to Grow Celebration Bermudagrass
Pike Creek Turf, Inc., based in Adel, Ga., has been
added as a licensed producer of Celebration bermudagrass, developed by Sod
Solutions, Inc. This will help expand availability in Georgia, Alabama
and the Florida panhandle. Celebration fields totaling between 50 and 75
acres will be planted at Pike Creek’s sod farm and should be ready
for harvest and sale by late summer.
GES Awarded Landscape Contracts
Girard Environmental Services, Inc., Sanford, Fla., was
awarded landscape management contracts for the following residential
communities in Florida: Magnolia Plantation, Lake Mary; Regency Greens and
Stratford Gardens, Heathrow; Bolling Farms, Longwood; and Vista Royale, The
Isles and Stonebridge Lakes, Orlando. GES will provide grounds maintenance,
arbor care, irrigation, horticulture and landscape enhancement services.
Wharton-Smith, Inc. awarded GES a contract to
install irrigation and landscaping for Volusia County Public School’s
new bus transportation facility. The facility is scheduled to open by the
beginning of the 2009-2010 school year.
|MB Companies and Hustler Turf will work together to promote MB’s MCT-H broom.
MB Enters Strategic Relationship with Hustler Turf
Hustler Turf Equipment has recognized MB Companies as
a sole provider of mechanical brooms for its new 3500 and 3700 mowers. MB
will work with Hustler Turf and its distributor group to promote the MCT-H
Cub Cadet Launches New Web Site
Cub Cadet has launched a new, enhanced Web site at www.CubCadet.com.
Customers can now access all Cub Cadet Home Owner, Cub Cadet Utility
Vehicle, Cub Cadet Commercial and Cub Cadet Yanmar products through one
site. It also allows visitors to arrange purchase of products from nearby
dealers and features interactive product views, videos, product
comparisons, recently viewed products, easy-to-use tabs, product
suggestions and online product manuals.
2009 Kioti Dealer Meeting Boasts Record Attendance
Kioti Tractor hosted its annual dealer meeting in
Raleigh, N.C. The meeting’s focus on sales training helped lead to
record attendance. The agenda for the three-day event included a welcome
reception, new product introductions, new sales incentive programs and
presentations on Developing a High-Performance Dealership by Bob Clements and Principles of Selling by Jim Falk. Dealers also went on a tour of
Kioti’s corporate headquarters in Wendell, N.C., and attended the
annual semiformal awards dinner.
J. Thomas Appoints General Manager
J. Thomas hired Terry Ethier as general manager.
Previously, he was vice president of sales and marketing at a company
supplying products for industrial equipment applications. J. Thomas is an
outdoor power equipment, accessories and parts supplier located in Novi,
Otterbine Introduces New Pattern, Guarantee, Catalog
Otterbine Barebo, Inc. redeveloped its Equinox
pattern for its 1 to 5 hp aerating fountain line. The pattern was
originally released in the 7.5 and 10 hp line.
Otterbine now offers a Pattern Guarantee on its 1 to 5
hp line. Customers who are not satisfied with their pattern may receive a
new one within 30 days of installation.
The company has also released a newly designed
catalog, which emphasizes its commitment and dedication to delivering
effective, reliable and natural solutions to water quality management.
Garden & Patio Show Draws Large Crowd
Nearly 100 vendors sold out the space in the Lake
Terrace Convention Center, Hattiesburg, Miss., for the 2009 Hattiesburg
Garden & Patio Show. According to Jan Winter, executive secretary and
treasurer of the Mississippi Nursery & Landscape Association, the
three-day show drew strong crowds.
Danuser Names Media Agency
Danuser Machine Co., Inc. named True Media as its
media agency of record. In addition to media strategy and placement, True
Media will provide search engine optimization to strengthen the
manufacturer’s online presence.
News from Ewing
Professional Landcare Network certified professionals
now qualify to receive continuing education credits for approved Ewing
Irrigation Products education workshops. Approved workshops include
Irrigation Troubleshooting; Advanced Installation, Troubleshooting &
Design; Landscape Irrigation Auditor Workshop; and Water Management
Ewing reorganized its executive board as part of a
plan to prepare the company for continued growth and efficiency. Warren S.
Gorowitz was appointed to the position of vice president of sustainability
and conservation. Several company officials were promoted, including Richard
A. York, chief operating officer; Jeffrey C. Anthony, chief financial
officer; Rilus A. Graham III, senior vice president of credit
administration; and Cliff Woodbury, senior vice president of marketing and
communications. The board also includes Terry Williams, Raul Gonzalez and Jim
Ariens Acquires Treker UTV Line
Ariens Co. has acquired the Treker line of utility
vehicles, attachments and accessories from Land Pride, a division of Great
Plains Mfg., Inc. Ariens will continue to sell the utility vehicles through
Land Pride retailers and select power equipment retailers under the Gravely
brand name. UTVs will also be sold through Gravely Turf retailers that
serve the sports field management segment.
Magna-Matic Offers Online Store
Magna-Matic Corp. has a new, redesigned online store
at www.magna-matic-direct.com. It contains all Magna-Matic products and
parts, and visitors can download parts diagrams, review products, receive
e-mail notifications when items are in stock, view order history and more.
|From left, Steve Smith, president, STI; Jeff Corn, Todd Joefreda and
Marty Bahen; Anna-Lindsay Yarbrough, executive vice president, STI; and
Bob Bell, vice president and director of commercial sales and operations, STI.
STI Recognized for Excellence
Smith Turf & Irrigation received the Distributor
of Excellence award from the Toro Co. and was also recognized as
Toro’s Best in Irrigation distributor for 2008. Three STI salespeople
were honored by Toro, including Todd Joefreda, Rookie of the Year; Jeff
Corn, Green Blazer Award; and Marty Bahen, Master Salesman Award. In
addition, STI received the Otterbine Commercial Distributor of the Year and
the Dakota Distributor of the Year awards for 2008.
LebanonTurf Names Account Managers
LebanonTurf named Chris Osborne as national
account manager for professional products. He will establish and grow
corporate accounts in the landscape, golf and sports turf markets. Osborne
has worked for Winner Global and Fairmont Minerals.
The company named Ken Klopp as national account
manager for lawn care. He will be responsible for sales with national lawn
care and landscape companies. He has worked for Growmark FS and TIMAC USA.
|Gehl's 150th-anniversary skid loader.
Gehl Unveils Anniversary Skid Loader
Gehl Co. created a chrome-covered 7810E skid loader to
commemorate its 150th anniversary. The original concept for the machine was
created by Form-I Design, Waverly, Iowa. The design features a reflective
gold and black finish and laser-cut Gehl logos in the ROPS side screens.
Decals on the lift arm display historical Gehl milestones. Milsco,
Milwaukee, Wis., contributed a customized leather seat for the project, and
XXX Chrome Plating, Brookfield, Wis., handled the chrome plating.
Bobcat and Polaris Enter Strategic Alliance
Bobcat Co. and Polaris Industries, Inc. announced
a long-term strategic alliance that will leverage the complementary
strengths of both companies to penetrate work-related market segments
globally. The alliance will include codevelopment of work vehicles, supply
of highly differentiated work vehicles and technology sharing, with a
planned launch by the second half of 2010.
Agrium Announces Facility Expansion
Agrium Advanced Technologies announced that it
will make a multimillion-dollar investment to increase production capacity
of its ESN SmartNitrogen technology. Work on the new and improved
facilities began in March 2009 and will involve expansion of existing
production as well as an expansion of the research and development
facilities in Sylacauga, Ala., and the addition of new storage and office
buildings. The project should be completed in late 2010.
Sarlo Hosts Trade Conference
Sarlo Power Mowers, Inc. hosted visiting
delegations from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic as a kickoff for
the Hispanic-American Business Alliance. Activities included a trade show
and conference focused on exporting a wide spectrum of goods, including
outdoor power/industrial equipment.
|From left, Dan Wilkinson, president, Jacobsen; Phil Millett, Rocky Mountain Turf
Equipment; and Peter Whurr, vice president of product support, Jacobsen.
Jacobsen Presents Awards
Jacobsen announced the recipients of its 2008 Dealer
Awards. Winners included Jason D’Andrea, Ken Bramble, Dave Fleming, Eric
Nielsen, Trip Freeman, Mike Werth and George Corgan, Pacesetter Awards; Krigger & Co., Inc., Dealer of the Year and TFC Award; O.J. Co. Ltd.,
CustomerCare Dealer of the Year; Phil Millett, Achievement in Customer
Excellence Award; and Vereen’s Turf, Kansas Golf & Turf, TurfCare & Specialty Products, C&M Golf & Grounds, Tri-State Pump, Wilfred
MacDonald, Steven Willand, Inc., Midwest Golf & Turf and G.L. Cornell,
Forterra Announces Agreement with Turf Logic
Forterra Environmental Corp. announced a sales and
distribution agreement with Turf Logic, Inc. Turf Logic will purchase
granulated worm castings from Forterra for use in its pesticide-free lawn
care solutions sold through its franchise operations in Canada.
ENCAP Celebrates 10th Anniversary
ENCAP, LLC marked its 10th anniversary in 2009.
The company develops, manufactures and markets advanced soil technologies
that fight erosion, establish seeds and hold fertilizers in place.