Turf Magazine - December, 2011


Supplier News

Heritage and Metro Lawn Showcased at GIE

Heritage Propane and Metro Lawn were showcased at the 2011 GIE+EXPO. Heritage promoted propane as a proven engine fuel and alternative fuel, in conjunction with the Roush Drag Team. Susan Roush-McClenaghan appeared at the show along with her ROUSH Stage 3 Mustangs to explain the advantages she has experienced with propane. She also presented a forum to the attendees, sharing her personal story with racing and how she came to use propane.

Direct Solutions Adds Gooch to Team

Direct Solutions announced the addition of Bryan Gooch as North American marketing manager. Gooch and his team will have responsibility for management of all products Direct Solutions carries across North America. Previously, Gooch worked as a marketing product manager for Agrium Advanced Technologies' Turf & Ornamental Wholesale product lines, and also worked in progressively senior sales and marketing roles with Bayer CropScience.

Brandon Vaughan's winning project involved creating a large outdoor entertainment space alongside a home undergoing a complete remodel.

New Holland Announces Extreme Dream Winner

New Holland Construction and Turf magazine named Brandon Vaughan, Toms Creek Nursery & Landscaping, Denton, N.C., as the winner of the 2011 Extreme Dream contest. Vaughan received an L218 skid steer loader. Mike Dasilva, Paradise Views Landscaping, Etobicoke, Ont., and Brett Parks, Not Just a Garden Center, Mishawaka, Ind., were the other semifinalists chosen from the monthly winners in the contest.

PERC Displays Propane Engine Fuel Technology

The Propane Education & Research Council demonstrated the ease of refueling, sustainability and high performance of propane-fueled equipment through an in-booth presentation series at the 2011 GIE+EXPO. Lawn and landscape industry professionals also had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the latest propane-fueled technology in the Outdoor Pavilion.

Maynie Joins Propex

Propex Operating Co., LLC announced that John Maynie has joined the company as director of marketing. Maynie comes to Propex with more than 20 years of experience in marketing, business development, sales and market research. Most recently, he served as director of marketing for Invensys Rail.

Pro-Tech Launches Online Ordering

Pro-Tech Mfg. & Distribution now allows customers to purchase its latest line of products - the Sno Blade, Sno Blower and Sno Broom attachments - directly from its website at www.protechcorp.com. Online purchases are offered with free freight within the U.S., and products will be shipped directly to the customer. Pro-Tech plans to have the rest of its product line available for online purchasing by the summer of 2012.

Aquascape installed a third outdoor water feature at the Shedd Aquarium.

Aquascape Creates Water Feature for Shedd Aquarium

Aquascape, Inc. and its network of Certified Aquascape Contractors designed and installed a third outdoor water feature at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. Under the direction of Ed Beaulieu, chief sustainability officer, the pond, stream and wetlands area was devised to serve as a hands-on training event for CACs to earn continuing education credits.

The 30-by-15-foot pond includes a 1,500-gallon sustainable reservoir, which allows operation of the water feature for extended periods without rainfall. The 50-foot stream and waterfalls were created with large, weathered limestone. An oversized wetland was included in the design to serve as a large aquatic planting bed.

ROUSH Unveils Latest Offering

ROUSH CleanTech announced its latest propane autogas product offering with the unveiling of the new 2012 Ford F-250 and F-350 at the 2011 GIE+EXPO. These new trucks are designed to suit the needs of a wide variety of industries while providing a significant reduction in both fuel costs and carbon footprint. Denison Landscaping & Nursery, Inc., in Fort Washington, Md., was ROUSH CleanTech's first landscaping customer to commit to purchasing the 2012 models once they become available.

Turfco Announces Giveaway

Turfco is giving away five Apple iPod touches leading up to a grand prize drawing for a TurnAer XT5 aerator for the Making it Easy Giveaway. Owners, managers or licensed professionals who provide lawn care services are eligible to register at www.turfcodirect.com/makingiteasy any time during the giveaway. The grand prize drawing will take place in March 2012.

PLANET Gives Back to Louisville

The Professional Landcare Network held a community service project, "PLANET Gives Back," during the 2011 GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Ky. PLANET teamed up with Metro United Way and a group of volunteers to enhance four facilities in downtown Louisville. They planted shrubs and flowers, pruned, mulched, installed water features and planted turfgrass.