FFVA Names Director of Marketing, Membership

Mike Aerts has been named director of the marketing and membership division of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association. Since 1999, Aerts has served as assistant director of FFVA’s environmental and pest management division.‡In his new position, he will assist growers and shippers with the marketing of their crops as well as managing membership functions, commodity exchanges and industry marketplace issues. He also will oversee FFVA’s annual convention.‡

Aerts earned a graduate degree in plant pathology and an undergraduate degree in horticulture specializing in pest management at Michigan State University. His background includes serving as an extension faculty member at the University of Florida’s food science and human nutrition department.

Bobcat Celebrates Milestone

Bobcat Company has manufactured its 750,000th skid steer loader at the company’s facility in Gwinner, N.D. The milestone was reached 50 years after the Melroe and Keller brothers partnered to introduce the Melroe self-propelled loader, later known as the Bobcat skid steer loader.

Yanmar Relocates Headquarters

Yanmar America Corporation  has moved their corporate headquarters from the Chicago area to Adairsville, Ga. The new complex will house manufacturing, engineering, marketing and administration activities supporting the company’s North American businesses, including the construction, agricultural and marine divisions. The Adairsville facility includes 480,000 square feet of production space and acreage for future expansions. The relocation coincides with the opening of the new Yanmar/Cub Cadet manufacturing facility at the same location.

Advan Announces Ownership Change

Advan  has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Sipcam Agro USA, Inc. The move is part of an ongoing effort to focus Advan on meeting the needs of key U.S. distributor customers. The Advan product family, which includes traditional and biorational products for the professional turf and ornamental, specialty agriculture and home and garden markets in the U.S. and Mexico, remains unchanged. Core Advan personnel will continue to serve customers while providing ongoing continuity and expertise for future expansion of the product portfolio.

ASTA Launches Guide

The U.S. seed industry, through the American Seed Trade Association, has developed the Guide to Seed Quality Management Practices. The purpose of the guide is to offer general guidance for the development and production of seed products and to serve as a reference document for companies developing individual quality management practices and operating procedures. The guide covers the plant product life cycle, from the point of incorporation of a trait into a breeding program through commercial seed production and sale. It will be maintained in a dynamic and interactive format on the ASTA Web site, found at www.amseed.org/seedquality.

Deere Enhances Parts Service

Deere & Company will enhance its parts service capabilities in the United States and Canada by investing in capacity expansions at Deere’s primary parts distribution center in Milan, Ill., and three additional locations. The center in Milan will be expanded over 300,000 square feet to meet the capacity needs of the growing parts business. The current parts depots in Portland, Ore. and Regina, Saskatchewan will be renovated to assume expanded responsibilities for operation as a regional distribution center. Activities at a parts depot in Stockton, Calif. will be relocated to Lathrop, Calif. with expansion to support greater responsibilities. These regional distribution centers are anticipated to become operational between November 2008 and September 2009.

Cheminova Moves Headquarters

Cheminova has moved the headquarters for the ANZAC region, which includes Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada, and the headquarters for Cheminova, Inc. from Wayne, N.J. to Research Triangle Park, N.C.  

The company expects to initially have about 18 employees in Research Triangle Park. New members of the Cheminova management team include Brent Crossland, who will be the company’s marketing and portfolio manager. Crossland will also have responsibility for marketing in the ANZAC region. Stephen Briggs is the company’s new national sales manager, and Brad Chalk will hold the newly created position of noncrop business manager.