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10/1/2014 - Patten Seed Opens New Seed Processing Plant

FT. VALLEY, Ga. - On Sept. 1, 2014, Patten Seed Company's new seed plant processed its first batch of grass seed in their facility on the grounds of Patten Seed's Super-Sod farm. Patten Seed bought the new Universal Coating Systems equipment to coat, treat and bag larger 25- and 50-pound bags of their TifBlair Centipede and Zenith Zoysia grass seed brands. Previously, the seed company had outsourced...


Billy Goat Acquires Plugr Aerators from SourceOne - LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Billy Goat Industries, Inc., has completed the acq...

10/1/2014 - Billy Goat Acquires Plugr Aerators from SourceOne

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Billy Goat Industries, Inc., has completed the acquisition of the Plugr brand of aerators from SourceOne, Lincoln, Nebraska. The acquisition of the Plugr brand of aerators complements Billy Goat's new 30-inch hydro aerator launching at the GIE+EXPO Oct. 22-25 and creates the premier lineup of commercial reciprocating aerators on the market. Reciprocating aerators have...


Can Electric Equipment Revolutionize Landscape Maintenance? - I first met Dan Mabe in April 2013 on the UCLA campus. Mabe ...

10/1/2014 - Can Electric Equipment Revolutionize Landscape Maintenance?

Jamie Banks, Ph.D., MS
I first met Dan Mabe in April 2013 on the UCLA campus. Mabe is founder of the American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA), a training and certification group for electric landscape maintenance equipment and gas-free "Green Zones." I direct a nonprofit organization, Quiet Communities (Lincoln, Massachusetts), which aims to bring communities and industry together to achieve cleaner, quieter and healthier...


10/1/2014 - PERC's Propane Mower Incentive Doubles

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Beginning in October, landscape professionals can earn double the incentive dollars available through the Propane Education & Research Council's Propane Mower Incentive Program. Through the end of the year, program participants can earn $2,000 toward the purchase of a new propane-powered mower and $1,000 toward a qualified conversion. Attendees at GIE+EXPO, Oct. 22-24 in...


New Kohler 824 Raises Bar on Power and Efficiency - Two propane 824cc Command PRO EFI engines planned, too - KOHLER, Wis. ...

10/1/2014 - New Kohler 824 Raises Bar on Power and Efficiency

Two propane 824cc Command PRO EFI engines planned, too
KOHLER, Wis. - KOHLER Engines has unveiled its most fuel-efficient commercial engine with best-in-class horsepower and torque.* The 824cc Command PRO EFI engine features a highly-tuned air intake system that enhances airflow to maximize power and torque. The company's closed-loop, electronic fuel injection (EFI) system, when coupled with the new design, makes the 824 Kohler's most fuel-efficient...


Briggs & Stratton Unveils 810cc EFI Engine Series - Engines combine peak performance with fuel efficiency - MILWAUKEE, Wis...

10/1/2014 - Briggs & Stratton Unveils 810cc EFI Engine Series

Engines combine peak performance with fuel efficiency
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power introduces its Vanguard 810cc EFI engine series, which combines the increased fuel efficiency of a closed-loop electronic fuel injection system with the increased capability of an 810cc engine. Add it together and the Vanguard 810cc EFI engine gives landscape contractors an optimum level of power and fuel efficiency for commercial zero-turn...


9/30/2014 - Ruppert Landscape Hosting Field Day in October

BALTIMORE, Md. - Five hundred of Ruppert Landscape's employees will provide nearly $180,000 worth of landscape renovations to Baltimore's Carroll Park on Friday, Oct. 10. The project will include demolition, excavation and grading work along with the installation of pavers, sod, perennials, grasses, groundcover, shrubs and trees. In total, over 5,000 man hours are being donated to bring this...


9/30/2014 - ONLA Partners with John Deere Landscapes

CLOUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association (ONLA) has formed a partnership with John Deere Landscapes to offer two green industry programs under one roof on Jan. 6, 2015. ONLA's CENTS is the Midwest's largest green industry convention, which for over 80 years, has connected thousands to the education and resources they need to operate and grow successful businesses. Ten years...


CASE CE Unveils "Diamond Dealer" Award Winners - CASE Construction Equipment named its 2014 "Diamond Dealer" recipients as...

9/30/2014 - CASE CE Unveils "Diamond Dealer" Award Winners

CASE Construction Equipment named its 2014 "Diamond Dealer" recipients as a part of its North American Construction Equipment Partnership Program. The award recognizes dealerships across the country for leadership and dedication in growing the CASE brand, and excellence in five categories, including performance, marketing and communications, product support, parts support and training. This year's...


Houzz: Up and Coming Lead Generation Giant - The feedback from landscape contractors is that Houzz is proving to be an exc...

9/30/2014 - Houzz: Up and Coming Lead Generation Giant

Hannah Tighe
The feedback from landscape contractors is that Houzz is proving to be an excellent source of leads that are better qualified and easier to close. I was able to connect with Ed Szczesniak, owner of Georgian Landscape Design, operating out of Georgia, who is having tremendous success with Houzz. Szczesniak says that Houzz is, "The most incredible tool I have found in my marketing toolkit."...


JohnDow Appoints New Executive VP - Operations - BARBERTON, Ohio - JohnDow Industries has appointed Drew Dawson to the new...

9/29/2014 - JohnDow Appoints New Executive VP - Operations

BARBERTON, Ohio - JohnDow Industries has appointed Drew Dawson to the newly created position of executive vice president-operations. Dawson brings lengthy experience to JDI in the tire and automotive aftermarket industries. He began his professional career in 1986 as a salesman with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Boston, Massachusetts. He quickly was promoted through the ranks ultimately...


9/29/2014 - JCB Opens New Parts Distribution Center

SAVANNAH, Ga. - JCB has opened its newest North American parts distribution center in Aurora, Illinois. This Chicago-area facility will serve as JCB's main parts distribution center in North America, joining the company's three other parts warehouses in Savannah, Georgia; Fontana, California; and Ontario, Canada. The Chicago facility will serve as the main parts distribution hub and provide the...


9/29/2014 - AVANT TECNO Announces New North American Headquarters

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Avant Tecno USA has moved into a new North American corporate headquarters in Arlington Heights, Illinois, in the Chicago-Metro area. The move to this facility provides a new base of operations for Avant's ever-growing staff while keeping pace with the company's aggressive North American growth plans. Avant's new facility is the perfect venue for showcasing its loader solutions...


9/26/2014 - Super-Sod Acquires Perfect Turf Farm

ROBERTSONVILLE, N.C. - Super-Sod, a division of Patten Seed Company, recently purchased Perfect Turf Farm, located here. Super-Sod acquired the 250 acre turf farm to meet the demands of its Raleigh customers, both professional landscapers and DIY homeowners. With two farms already in production in North Carolina, their new farm in the eastern part of the state is prime warm-season grass acreage,...


9/26/2014 - Tribute Total Registered for Use in California

Post-emergent herbicide from Bayer Environmental Science delivers broad-spectrum control
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, announced Sept. 26 that Tribute Total is approved for use in California. Tribute Total is a post-emergent herbicide that delivers broad spectrum control in one complete solution to help lawn care professionals and golf course superintendents selectively remove the most troublesome grassy and broadleaf weeds,...


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