The AERA-vator has been rebranded as the SEEDA-vator.
Barry Larson

First Products Rebrands AERA-vator

First Products has rebranded the AERA-vator. The SEEDA-vator name was trademarked by the company nearly 10 years ago, but replaced by the Universal AERA-vator. Due to customer demand, the SEEDA-vator name is back. A Universal AERA-vator with a seed box can once again be identified as a SEEDA-vator.

Smithco Appoints Sales Manager

Barry Larson has been appointed to the position of regional sales manager for Smithco, Inc. He will be responsible for the Midwest region and parts of the Northeast. Larson is a graduate of Penn State University’s two-year turfgrass management program. He has worked for Wisconsin Turf Equipment Corp., Medalist America Turfgrass Seed and Jacobsen.

Finn Announces New Dealer

Finn Corp. announced the addition of Colorado Machinery as a full-line dealer of its HydroSeeders, bark blowers and straw blowers. The dealership arrangement encompasses Finn equipment sales, rentals, service and parts. Colorado Machinery has been serving the construction industry for over 30 years and has locations in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Fort Collins and Frederick, Colo., and Cheyenne, Wyo.

OPES Launches New Web Site

Oldcastle Precast Enclosure Solutions introduced a Web site specifically designed for the Enclosure Solutions segment of products and services offered by Oldcastle Precast. The site is available at

LTR Makes Wish Come True

Liberty Tire Recycling worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia to grant the wish of 11-year-old Kyle Dempsey of Pittsburgh, Pa., who wanted his own swing set. Due to a medical condition, Kyle could be seriously injured if he fell on a playground. LTR donated Pinnacle Rubber Mulch to be used as the safety surfacing for his swing set.

A Hydrema MCV.

Hydrema Awarded Army Contract

Hydrema has been awarded a contract on area mine clearing vehicles from the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command to the U.S. Army Engineers. The five-year contract covers delivery of mine clearing vehicles (MCVs), spares, training and maintenance. Hydrema will provide a newly updated version of their MCV that fulfills U.S. requirements.

Horizon Celebrates First Trixie’s Big Tent Sale

Horizon Distributors, Inc. will hold its first Trixie’s Big Tent Sale on October 20 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its sales centers in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Texas, Utah and east Washington. At Trixie’s Big Tent Sale, customers can take advantage of special deals on closeout power equipment and irrigation, landscape and specialty products from more than 45 top manufacturers and vendors. Horizon customers also will get a sneak peek at new product models and hear about specials for the upcoming seasons. To learn more, visit

A Komatsu dump truck releases rubber ducks into the Chicago River for the annual derby.

Komatsu Supports Special Olympics Illinois

A 30-ton Komatsu America Corp. articulated dump truck released more than 30,000 rubber ducks into the Chicago River for the fifth annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby, which benefits Special Olympics Illinois. Rubber ducks are adopted by sponsors for a monetary donation and race down the river, with prizes awarded for the first ducks to cross the finish line. This year’s derby raised more than $250,000 for Special Olympics.

Stihl Hosts Workshop

Stihl, Inc. hosted a three-day Manufacturing Technology Summer Workshop in Virginia Beach, Va. Activities included machining, molding, assembly and apprentice lab. The objectives of the workshop were to develop a future project for the upcoming camps and to give the Virginia Manufacturer’s Association a tool to use throughout the entire state of Virginia. The workshop taught high school students, teachers and counselors significant information about manufacturing in general. The core departments focused on were accessories, assembly, engineering, machining and polymers.

ITT & Mercy Corps Collaborate for Flood Relief

ITT Corp. announced that through its partnership with Mercy Corps, it is donating five portable water treatment systems to the Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces of Pakistan in response to the recent flooding. The systems have the potential to provide clean water to as many as 200,000 people and are being deployed through Mercy Corps’ large-scale humanitarian aid response. This collaborative disaster response is part of a strategic partnership between ITT’s corporate citizenship program, ITT Watermark, and Mercy Corps to provide safe water and sanitation during emergencies.

Grounds Guys Awards First VetFran Agreement

The Grounds Guys has awarded its first VetFran agreement to Michael Bagley, who will open his own Grounds Guys franchise in Olathe, Kan. The VetFran Program gives U.S. military veterans a discount toward the purchase of a franchise and includes hundreds of franchise concepts. Bagley served in the U.S. Army from 1987 to 1998.

CPC Signs Manufacturing Agreement

Certified Parts Corp., Janesville, Wis., has entered into an agreement with Liquid Combustion Technology, Travelers Rest, S.C., to jointly manufacture air-cooled engines for the outdoor power equipment market. The agreement will provide CPC with engineering, manufacturing and sales capabilities allowing it to reintroduce the Snow King line of snow thrower engines and other engines formerly manufactured and sold by TecumsehPower. The engines will be exclusively represented by LCT and sold under the Snow King, Lauson and LCT brands. They will be serviced exclusively by CPC and the existing TecumsehPower dealer/distributor network.