Chris and Alyssa Vaughn

Walker Announces Giveaway Winner

Alyssa Vaughn, Lawrenceville, Ga., was announced as the winner of Walker Mfg.’s Get Out Front Mower Giveaway. Vaughn and her husband Chris received a Walker Model MT Grass Handling System with a 48-inch deck, delivered by Walker distributor Lawn Equipment Enterprises of Waycross, Ga., and local dealer Howard Bros. of North Atlanta, Ga.

The giveaway encompassed 30 days of registration, 106,728 entries and 290 prizes given away-including the tractor and deck. The contest was a kickoff of the newly updated

Valley Towing Partners with Revstone

Valley Towing Products has entered a partnership agreement with Revstone Industries, LLC. Under this agreement, Valley will become part of REM-Tec, Revstone’s aftermarket group of businesses, and continue to conduct business under the name of Valley Towing Products. The existing management team will remain in place, including George Caplea, president and CEO; Richard Marsden, CFO; Larry Fisher, vice president of sales and marketing; Chris Fudala, vice president of engineering; and Brian Rishell, vice president of global sourcing and purchasing.

Shemin Adds Three Sites in Texas

Shemin, The Landscape Supply Company, opened its three newest locations in Texas. Adding the three former Skinner locations brings Shemin’s total number of locations to 29 and expands its market into Texas. The new sites are in Manor (Austin area), Lewisville (Dallas area) and Houston. Shemin plans to expand the product line over time at these locations to include a broad mix of hardlines, turf, irrigation and lighting products.

Todd Brown

Brown Elected VP of GGIA Landscape Board

The Fockele Garden Co. announced that General Manager Todd Brown has been elected as vice president of the Georgia Green Industry Association board of directors landscape division. Brown has been with Fockele for five years and has served on the landscape division of the board for two years. He has nearly 25 years of experience in the landscaping industry.

Amiad Adds Ooval Valves to Line

Amiad Filtration Systems has added Ooval automatic diaphragm valves to its product lines in the U.S. and Canada. Ooval manufactures a range of hydraulically and electrically operated automatic valves, including pressure reducing valves, pressure sustaining valves, pressure relief valves, remote control valves and more.

Kusta Joins LTR

LTR Products appointed Heidi Kusta to the position of sales assistant. She has worked for Character Counts, Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Heart Association, Studio West Photography and Mundelein High School. Kusta holds a bachelor’s degree in photography from Columbia College Chicago.

CPEC and Turf Teq Partner Up

Compact Power Equipment Centers (CPEC) and Turf Teq have partnered up to offer new products through their rental and sales networks. Under the agreement, CPEC will be rolling out Turf Teq’s 1035 PRI Landscape Rake and 1305BR Power Broom to their rental stores located in select locations of the Home Depot Tool Rental Center.

Oviedo Town Centre apartments, with landscape designed by Foster Conant & Associates, have secured certification in the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program.

Foster Project Receives Certification

Foster Conant & Associates, landscape architects for Oviedo Town Centre, reported that the project is the first affordable housing apartment complex to receive Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program certification under the Florida Apartment Incentive Loan Program. The program was created to educate Floridians about science-based, environmentally friendly landscaping practices that encourage the conservation of the state’s water resources. It judges residential and commercial projects on best practices in nine areas of conservation that minimize irrigation, fertilization and pesticide use.

Atlas Commits to Sustainable Productivity

Atlas Copco has launched a new brand promise, “Committed to Sustainable Productivity.” It encompasses all Atlas Copco divisions. The concept refers to an entire set of corporate values that embraces a long-term view of commitment, interaction and innovation that improves product quality and productivity, while simultaneously benefiting Atlas Copco customers and the global community at large.

Water Experts Gather at Summit

U.S. water experts convened in Washington, D.C., for the 11th Intelligent Use of Water Summit: State of the Union. The summit focused on providing greater insight into the water conservation policies and legislation, programs, initiatives and trends that ultimately steer city and statewide efforts to reduce outdoor water waste. The event was presented by Rain Bird, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. Susan McGinnis moderated the panel, which included Paul Goble, Karen Guz, Elizabeth Hurst, Karla Wilson, Mark Risse and Doug Bennett.

Jacklin Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Jacklin Seed marks its 75th business anniversary in 2010. The organization, which is now known in the industry as Jacklin Seed by Simplot, was started in 1936 by Arden Jacklin and his father, brothers and other relatives in Dishman, Wash. Simplot Co. acquired Jacklin in 1997. Today, the company seasonally employs 100 people, primarily in Idaho and Oregon. Jacklin operates the largest privately funded grass research facility in the world at its site in Post Falls, Idaho, and sells grass seed to a variety of customers.

Aquascape Sets Pondemonium Dates

Aquascape, Inc. announced the dates for Pondemonium 2010. The event will be held August 5-7 in St. Charles, Ill., and the theme is Back to Basics: Helping Each Other Grow. For more information on courses and schedules, visit

CONTECH Opens First Mexican Facility

CONTECH Construction Products, Inc. opened its first Mexican facility in Silao, Mexico. The new manufacturing facility provides the company with the footprint and infrastructure to support its expansion into Mexico, Central America and South America.