U.S. Lawns Holds Annual Conference

The 2010 U.S. Lawns annual conference was held in Orlando, Fla., and featured entertainment by comedian/magician Erick Olson, a speech by U.S. Lawns president Ken Hutcheson, a keynote address from Brian Holloway and sessions with Bryan Flanagan and Bob Alexander.

Two people were inducted into the U.S. Lawns Hall of Fame, Shawn Bone of Dayton, Ohio, and the late Alan Swinburne of Haines City, Fla. The company renamed the Rising Star award as the Alan Swinburne Rising Star Award to honor Swinburne, who lost his battle with cancer in 2010.

NJ Plants A Valuable Resource for Industry Professionals

The NJ Plants trade show for nursery professionals, landscape professionals and garden center businesses is scheduled for January 25 and 26 at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, N.J., this year, and is expected to be twice the size of previous events devoted to the metropolitan area’s green industries.

The latest products, services and equipment will be showcased, offering individual companies an opportunity to benefit from direct business-to-business networking. Connecting with suppliers and specialists from the region also helps professionals identify cost-effective support for their business goals.

For complete information, including seminars, educational programs and more, call 800-332-3976 or e-mail Kevin@MacEvents.com.

Seedway Adds Pursell to Staff

Desri Pursell has joined Seedway as district sales manager for turf seed sales in southeast Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. With over 25 years in the lawn care and turf management industry, Pursell’s experience includes seed sales and service to landscapers, contractors, golf courses, schools, universities and municipalities. Pursell studied turfgrass management at Temple University and business management at Delaware Valley College.

Excel Installs New Testing Grounds

Excel Industries, Inc. has developed a new 20-acre mowing test facility near its production plant in Hesston, Kan. The area, which includes trees and slopes, was installed as an expansion of Excel’s current testing grounds. The mowing facility will be the centerpiece of Hustler Days 2012.