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Hunter Industries acquires Hydrawise
Hunter Industries has announced the acquisition of Hydrawise, a manufacturer of Wi-Fi based irrigation controllers and web-based software. This acquisition will allow Hunter to enter the Wi-Fi enabled controller market for management and optimization of residential and commercial landscape irrigation. The HC irrigation controller from Hunter offers contractors internet accessibility enabling them to manage all of their sites from anywhere they are connected.

Toro’s Rick Rodier Named 2017 ICUEE Show Chair
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has named The Toro Company’s Rick Rodier, general manager of the Sitework Systems business, as the 2017 chairperson for The International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE), also known as The Demo Expo. Rodier has been with Toro since 1987 and was named general manager of Toro’s Sitework Systems business in 2004. Rodier also serves as a director on the Construction Equipment (CE) Sector Board of AEM. In addition to Rodier’s appointment as show chair, Neil Borenstein, director of marketing for the Sitework Systems business at The Toro Company will continue to serve on the 2017 show management committee. The 2017 ICUEE show is held every two years and will be October 3-5, 2017, at the Kentucky Exposition Center featuring over 950 exhibitor companies that serve the utility and construction markets.

Ontario’s Arbortech Joins Davey Tree
The Davey Tree Expert Company of Canada, Ltd., has announced the addition of the customers and employees of Arbortech Professional Tree Care Inc., a Southwestern Ontario-based tree care company that has served area residents for over 20 years. Davey and Arbortech both employ certified arborists, certified horticulturists and licensed pesticide applicators.

Toro Donates 1,000 Pounds of Canned Goods
The social media campaign “What Would You Lift?” takes customer suggestions to test lifting capabilities of the new Dingo TX 1000 compact utility loader. The contest kicked off in February asked customers to suggest what they would lift with the TX 1000, narrowed the field down to 10 items and asked followers on social media to vote for which one. Voting closed on April 18 and the lift event of the top-voted items was held on May 6 with the TX 1000 successfully lifting all items, including 1,000 pounds of canned goods. The canned goods were delivered to Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP), a charitable organization with the mission of improving the lives of people in the Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and South Minneapolis communities. According to VEAP, the donated food will help provide approximately 400 complete meals for low-income Minnesotans.

GreenCare for Troops Celebrates 10 Years
Project EverGreen recognizes May 15-21, 2016 as National GreenCare for Troops Awareness Week to raise awareness of the ongoing need for basic lawn care and landscape services for families of deployed military personnel and veterans with service-related disabilities. The program is celebrating its 10th year in 2016 and has seen more than 10,000 military families and veterans, and more than 5,000 green industry professionals register to receive or provide these much needed volunteer services since the program was launched in 2006. There are 3.6 million veterans with a service-related disability needing assistance with day-to-day household and lifestyle  services. An estimated value of $5 million in services has been provided to military families and veterans through GCFT since the program’s inception.

Renewal & Remembrance Returns to Arlington National Cemetery for 20th Year
On Monday, July 11, hundreds of NALP members will gather at Arlington National Cemetery to help beautify the cemetery’s historic grounds as part of Renewal & Remembrance. The event was started by the lawn care members of the Professional Lawn Care Association of America 20 years ago as a way to give back to the nation when they visited Washington D.C. each year for Legislative Day on the Hill. The event now includes approximately 400 volunteers. NALP works with the horticulture staff at Arlington National Cemetery to determine the projects that will be undertaken. This year lime isn’t required and the work will include phosphorous application, aeration, irrigation installation and repairs, tree cabling and lightning protection and landscape and hardscape projects.

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