CNH Appoints Vice President

CNH appointed Henrik Starup to the position of vice president of Construction Equipment Europe. Starup comes to CNH from IVECO and has over 20 years’ experience in sales and marketing. He will be responsible for further developing and strengthening the positioning of the Case Construction Equipment and New Holland Construction brands in the marketplace.

Barebo Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Barebo, Inc. celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2010. Chuck and Terry Barebo purchased the Otterbine aerator from Rodale Resources and incorporated their company in 1980. To learn more about the company’s history, visit www.otterbine.com/our_history.

Barenbrug Hires Strain

Barenbrug USA has hired Nicholas Strain as the turf territory manager for the upper Midwest. He will be responsible for sales and distributor management in North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin and Illinois. Most recently, he worked for Allied Seed as Midwest territory manager. Strain holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from the University of Wisconsin.

Naturescape Opens New Location

Naturescape Lawn & Landscape Care opened a new location on the south side of Lafayette, Ind. The company got its start in Wisconsin 25 years ago and now has 20 locations in the Midwest, including three in Indiana.

Carhartt Partners with Cintas

Cintas Corp. has partnered with Carhartt to offer a line of Carhartt garments designed specifically for the uniform rental market. The Carhartt uniform line includes a work shirt in blue and sandstone, a carpenter jean, a five-pocket work jean and canvas dungaree pants in navy and Carhartt brown.

The companies are conducting the “Are You Carhartt Tough?” contest. Three finalists will be announced each quarter, and after a year, the 12 finalists will be featured on the contest Web site, and the public will vote for a winner. Contestants can register by visiting www.carharttrental.com.

H&E Opens Store in Indianapolis

H&E Equipment Services, Inc. expanded its corporate footprint in Indiana by opening a new facility in Indianapolis. The branch, managed by Michael Cook, will serve customers throughout Indiana and Ohio with a 23,000-square foot facility.

Terry VanConant, left, Terex Utilities marketing communications and promotions coordinator, and Steve Carey, National Truck Equipment Association senior director of operations.

Terex Wins Green Award, Launches Used Equipment Web Site

Terex Utilities won the Green Award for its HyPower Hybrid system at the Work Truck Show 2010. A panel of trade media editors selected the system from among 21 entries as the best new product displayed at the show that advances fuel utilization. The HyPower Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle system that allows utility truck operators to save up to 1.5 gallons of fuel per hour.

Terex launched a dedicated used equipment Web site at www.terex.com/used. It allows contractors to access spec information, photos and MSRP on used equipment for sale through Terex.

GIE Adds High-Performance Department

Building on the success of the High-Performance Service Center, introduced at GIE+EXPO in 2009, the new High-Performance Parts & Accessories Department is planned to provide power equipment dealers with an informative mix of education, displays and demonstrations. Ten sponsoring companies have teamed up with Bob Clements International, Heftee Industries and Ideal Computer Systems to provide presentations, discussions and guided tours. The sponsors are ARI Network Services, Inc.; Ariens Co.; Briggs & Stratton Corp.; Husqvarna Professional Products; Hustler Turf Equipment; Kohler Co.; MTD Products, Inc.; Schiller Grounds Care; Stens Corp.; and Stihl, Inc.

NCS Named Link-Belt Dealer

LBX Co. LLC announced that NCS Equipment, Inc. will serve as an authorized dealer of Link-Belt excavators and material handling equipment in central Nebraska. The company will provide full customer and product support in six locations throughout the region.

Cleary Appoints COO

Bill Bewlay, vice president of operations, was appointed to the position of chief operating officer by the W.A. Cleary Corp. board of directors. As COO, he assumes responsibility for day-to-day business operations for Cleary Chemical Corp., headquartered in Dayton, N.J.

Wright Takes Position at Eastman-Ingersoll

Jeff Wright has been appointed to the position of vice president of sales and marketing for Eastman Industries and Ingersoll Tractor Co.. Wright has spent more than 27 years in the outdoor power equipment industry and served as vice president of sales and marketing for Hitachi/Tanaka Power Equipment.

Matthew Sandy

NaturaLawn Welcomes Operations Manager

NaturaLawn of America has hired Matthew Sandy as operations manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in turf and urban agronomy from the University of Maryland and has over six years of experience in the golf course industry. Most recently, he served as assistant superintendent at Lowes Island Club.

Kioti Hosts Dealer Meeting

Kioti Tractor held its annual dealer meeting in Raleigh, N.C., with over 200 representatives from 115 dealerships in attendance. The three-day event featured a welcome reception, sales training, product announcements and opportunities to provide feedback.

Kioti announced its 2009 Million Dollar Dealers during the meeting. They were A&R Payeur; Équipements G. Gagon, Inc.; Gary Sales & Service, Inc.; Hoover Tractor, Inc.; Little Tractor & Equipment, Inc.; Lynch Equipment Co. LLC; Paige Tractors, Inc.; Riverside Chainsaw Ltd.; Tri-County Supply, Inc.; and West Kent Auto. Kioti also presented the Most Improved Dealer of 2009 award to Dickson Tractor, Inc.

Redexim Partners with Dakota Ag

Dakota Ag Innovations, based in South Dakota, has entered a marketing and distribution partnership with Redexim North America. As part of the agreement, Redexim will carry the products Dakota Shine and Prep. Dakota Shine restores color and luster to faded, oxidized surfaces like paint and plastics. Dakota Prep is a water-based, biodegradable cleaner.

NTEP Conducting Survey

The National Turfgrass Evaluation Program posted an eight-question survey on its Web site at www.ntep.org/contents2.shtml. The survey aims to find out more about who visits the NTEP Web site and why, and to help NTEP redefine its programs, data collection and presentation methods to provide the best information.

Maruyama Forms Partnership with SSE

Maruyama U.S., Inc. has entered a business partnership with South Shore Equipment, Waipahu, Oahu, Hawaii. SSE will distribute the entire Maruyama line in the Hawaiian Islands, Guam and Saipan.

DuPont and ForeverLawn to Market Synthetic Grass

DuPont Landscape Systems and ForeverLawn, Inc. are working together to market a line of natural-looking synthetic grass products under the brand name of DuPont ForeverLawn Select Synthetic Grass. DuPont plans to launch the line on its Web site and implement a cooperative plan with ForeverLawn to increase the products’ market penetration in 2010.

VAST Wins Design Award

VAST Enterprises, LLC received the Design for Sustainability Award from the Plastics Environmental Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. VAST received the honor as part of the 2010 Environmental Stewardship Awards competition. The award recognizes contributions to the betterment of the environment resulting from unique engineering or chemical design with plastics.

Fecon launched a new Web site.

Fecon Introduces New Web Site

Fecon, Inc. launched a new Web site at www.fecon.com. Improved navigation makes it easier for online visitors to find what they are looking for. Enhanced graphics and new page layouts provide an improved user experience. New features include an applications section, a translation option and updated news and events sections.

Course on Lighting Water

A new, accredited course on the topic of “Lighting Water: Effects & Design Considerations,” hosted by AEC Daily, is available online via the course link on the new Crystal Fountains Web site at crystalfountains.com/Accredited.aspx. The course provides designers with an overview of different methods and key design factors to achieve desired effects in lighting water, along with detailed technical and costing information. It is AIA/CES and CSI CEN approved and qualifies for 1.5 learning units.

News from Palfinger

Palfinger North America appointed Jeff Black to the position of Canadian national sales manager. He has been with the company since 1995 and will continue to be based out of Niagara Falls, Ont.

The Palfinger Group acquired an 80 percent stake in ETI (Equipment Technology, LLC). The Oklahoma-based company primarily produces and distributes aerial lifts. ETI’s owners will continue to run the company, which will have the status of a largely independent business unit within Palfinger’s North American market.

Ledeboer Patents Natural Knit

Ledeboer Seed LLC has been granted a U.S. utility patent on its line of spreading turf-type perennial ryegrasses marketed under the brand name Natural Knit. The varieties in the line were developed by Dr. Fred Ledeboer and produce a fine-textured, tight-knit sod.

Schréder has introduced a new Web site.

Schréder Launches New Web Site

Schréder Lighting USA launched a new Web site at www.schreder.us. Features include easy navigation, extensive product lineup and technical data, news and events, site map on every page, e-newsletter sign-up, Twitter and Facebook links, and educational information.

Steve Geist

Geist to Ride in 13th Tour des Trees

Steve Geist, a plant pathologist for Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care, is training and fundraising to ride in his 13th consecutive Stihl Tour des Trees. The weeklong tour, which launches from Chicago’s Millennium Park on July 18, benefits the Tree Research & Education Endowment Fund.