I’ve just returned from this year’s GIE+EXPO, and this show was definitely a success. Morale was exceptionally high, and all of the exhibitors I talked to said that there was a lot more traffic than they expected—and that most of the attendees were there especially looking for new equipment, chemical solutions and other business tools. What does that mean for the industry? It shows that 2010 is going to be a busy year. Not only are we finally coming out of this economic downturn, we are headed towards a stronger recovery.

The Outdoor Demo area had two days of nice weather, which is pretty unusual, giving attendees two full days to demo equipment. It was a little windy on Friday, but that didn’t stop people from getting out there. The Outdoor Demo area is a great part of the show for those looking into new equipment, as it gives you a chance to try out products to see what will be best for your individual business. New this year was the New Products Arena stage with two large screens on each side for press conferences/product launches, which allowed everyone to attend—visitors and media alike.

Turf once again sponsored the Trucks of the Industry Giveaway, which awarded $5,000 to an attendee who visited the exhibits of the participating truck manufacturers. Congratulations to Erin McKay, guest of JPH Lawn and Landscape of Bourbon, Ill. The giveaway was also sponsored by Ford Commercial Truck, Isuzu Commercial Truck America, GM Fleet and Commercial, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Toyota Motor Sales USA and Power Equipment Trade magazine.

Check out our wrap-up on page A24 for more from the show.

On another note, you may have noticed that we have made some changes to the magazine. Starting this month, we have added Landscape & Hardscape Design-Build as a magazine within Turf. Our research shows that most companies don’t just mow and maintain lawns, they also design, plan, install, etc., and we felt that this was the best way to bring you all the information you need to run your diversified business.

Landscape & Hardscape Design-Build will focus on softscapes, hardscapes, lighting systems and waterscapes, while Turf will stay dedicated to lawn care and landscape maintenance. This is a one-stop shop for information for any project, from start to finish and beyond. We now have the most complete, comprehensive magazine in the industry so there’s no reason to go anywhere else. And, with, all the green industry information you need is right at your fingertips.

Amy K. Hill