From left, Rick Heenan, national commercial sales manager; David Levy, president; and Michael LoVullo, vice president.
Lucas Kreuscher

DIG Wins IA Award

DIG Corp.’s LEIT-2ET weather-based, solar-powered wireless irrigation system was named by the Irrigation Association as the new product winner for the Turf/Landscape Division at its annual show. The system was chosen by a panel of judges made up of irrigation professionals from around the U.S. The award honors irrigation products that foster new concepts and innovative technologies that improve and conserve future irrigation water usage around the world.

Kreuscher Wins Smooth Operator Contest

Toro announced that Lucas Kreuscher, owner of Greens Keepers Lawn Care in Lake Mills, Iowa, was the winner of its Smooth Operator Video Challenge. His video, which highlighted the ways the Toro GrandStand stand-on mower has helped smooth out his ride and his business, received the highest rating on Lawn Site.com/tv during the contest period. Kreuscher will receive a “Smooth Out Your Business” prize package, including a four-night stay at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, four Park Hopper passes and a park tour with Disney’s top landscape and horticulture specialists.

Art Evans, Dixie Chopper owner/founder, sits on the first Dixie Chopper mower after it was refurbished and repainted following more than 25 years of use in the field.

Dixie Chopper Celebrates 30th Anniversary with YouTube Video Contest

As a way to kick off 2010 and help celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary, Dixie Chopper is holding a video contest titled “Who Loves Their Dixie Chopper Lawn Mower?” Dixie Chopper owners and/or those who use Dixie Chopper equipment are invited to submit a 60-second (or shorter) video that will be posted on YouTube telling the world “Why I love my Dixie Chopper.”

The contest runs until May 31, 2010, and the winner will receive a Dixie Chopper Magnum mower.

Full contest details are available at www.dixiechopper.com.

Case Refurbishes 500th Loader

Case Construction Equipment announced it has completed remanufacturing of its 500th MW24C wheel loader under contract with the U.S. Army TACOM (Tank, Automotive and Armaments Command) and the Army National Guard. During the past six years, Case has been called on to remanufacture 250 wheel loaders for the National Guard and reset another 250 units for TACOM.

Remanufacturing includes complete machine disassembly, inspection, refurbishment, reassembly and thorough testing. Reset units receive a full inspection and the repair or replacement of worn parts.

Gordon Completes GCLP Program, Associate Degree

Stephanie Gordon, the draftsperson for the Fockele Garden Co., completed the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional program and obtained an associate degree in environmental horticulture. The GCLP program is a voluntary testing program that acknowledges those in the landscape profession who have mastered a thorough knowledge and understanding of job skills required to be successful in the industry. She received her degree from Gwinnett Technical College, where she specialized in landscape design.

TBG Partners Announces Promotions

TBG Partners has promoted several employees at three of its four Texas offices. In Dallas/Fort Worth, Kent T. Mendenhall has been promoted to principal. He has been with TBG for nearly five years and holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Kansas State University.

In Houston, Yan Long and Kinoto Miyakoda have been promoted to associates. Long holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from South China University of Technology and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Texas A&M University. Miyakoda graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture.

In Austin, Jacob Walker, Jeff Raudabaugh and Justin Lindabury have been promoted to associates. Lindabury has been with TBG for nearly four years and holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Louisiana State University. Raudabaugh has been employed with TBG for three years. Walker has been employed at TBG for almost five years and holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Purdue University.

Tournament winners, from left, Dale Hiebert, Larry Gorman, Erin McManus and Chris Goodwick.

News from John Deere Golf

John Deere’s Quick Adjust cutting units were recognized with a new product award at IOG Scotsturf, a trade exhibition held in Edinburgh, Scotland. IOG is a professional organization for grounds management in the United Kingdom. The QA5 and QA7 units won the award for new and innovative products in the small/medium machinery category.

The John Deere World Championship was held at the La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, Calif., and featured 68 teams from around the globe competing in a scramble format. John Deere Golf distributor Frontier Ag & Turf’s team won the tournament.

Massey Acquires Middleton

Massey Services, Inc. purchased Sunair Services, Inc., parent company of Middleton Lawn & Pest Control. Sunair and Middleton had been operating as a public company for several years and will now be taken private as part of the integration into Massey.

Pondliner.com Holds Water Garden Expo

Pondliner.com held “Water Garden Expo 2010: Growing Your Business in Tough Economic Times” at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, Okla. Rick Bartel of the Savio Water Feature Institute kicked off the event with a hands-on pond-free waterfall construction class. The expo also included seminars, mini trade show and expert roundtable discussion.

Sol Names New Business Development Manager

Sol, Inc. appointed Andy Chaguaceda to the position of business development manager for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. He has 30 years of electrical sales experience and holds an associate degree from Ashworth College. He will be based out of Miami, Fla.

Schréder Opens New Facility

Schréder Lighting USA opened a new manufacturing facility in Addison, Ill. The facility features manufacturing, prototyping, warehousing, distribution and semiautomated assembly, as well as a reception area, conference rooms and offices. Operations Manager Mark J. Domzalski will oversee daily operations of the facility.

Echo Offers Two-Year Warranty

Echo announced a two-year commercial warranty on its product line. The upgrade includes all engine-driven product categories outside of chain saws, cutoff saws and Quikvent saws.