Tidewater Expands Honda Engine Territory

Tidewater Power Equipment, an outdoor power equipment distributor based in Virginia Beach, Va., recently acquired the assets of RCS Distributing of Jessup, Md. Tidewater will add the states of Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey to its existing Honda Engine territory of Virginia and the panhandle of West Virginia. The company will incorporate the RCS assets into its facility in Virginia Beach.

TechniSoil and Dimex Announce Pact

TechniSoil North America LLC and Dimex LLC reached an agreement to cooperate in the manufacturing and distribution of liquid stabilizer products for aggregate pathways and interlocking concrete pavement joint applications. TechniSoil develops and manufactures polymers, including nanopolymer materials specific for aggregates. Dimex is celebrating its 20th year of manufacturing extruded profiles in the form of landscape edging, edge restraint systems and tree care products. Dimex will tap its well-established distributor and dealer networks for sales of co-branded TechniSoil/Dimex products throughout North America.

PHC Professionals Join LebanonTurf Following Acquisition

Several former Plant Health Care, Inc. sales, marketing and business professionals have joined LebanonTurf as part of its acquisition of PHC’s U.S. horticultural and turf division. Sales representatives Allen Ball, Kevin Spiller and Stephen Camp will reinforce LebanonTurf’s national coverage for bionutritional products. In addition, Cheryl Eberle will join LebanonTurf’s marketing team and Dr. Michael Kernan, research and development scientist, will add his experience to the company’s technical support group.

Engage Agro Hires Long

Engage Agro USA announced that Mark B. Long has joined the company as turf business manager. Long has more than 30 years of experience in the lawn and turf care industry, with companies including Scotts Co., New Frontier Lawn Care and Barefoot, Inc. Most recently, he was a partner in the strategic consulting firm Blue SkyGroup, LLC. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.


Power Tool Co.’s new service and training facility.

Power Tool Opens Training Facility

Power Tool Co., Johnson City, Tenn., opened a new service and training facility to serve the needs of its equipment dealers in a three-state area, as well as the general public. The George Bennett Training & Service Academy is a 4,000-square-foot facility that provides a hands-on learning environment, with computers, space for interactive course work, mock showroom, meeting space and a full-service mechanical shop.


From left, John Biesterfeld, Green Thumb CEO; David Croyle with his daughter, Kaylee; and John Franke, PACE territory manager.

Wright Honored, Awards Mower to Croyle

Wright Mfg., Frederick, Md., was recognized as Member Company of the Year by the Maryland World Class Consortium. The annual award is presented to the member company that has embraced lean manufacturing and exemplified excellence in lean implementation and transformation.

David Croyle, owner of DKC Services in Coconut Grove, Fla., won a new Wright Stander mower in an online sweepstakes. John Franke, territory manager for PACE, arranged for Croyle to take delivery of the mower at Green Thumb Lawn & Garden Center in Coral Springs, Fla.

Growth Products Debuts Redesigned Website

Growth Products, Ltd. launched its redesigned website, www.growthproducts.com. With a new look and easy navigation, the site offers over 100 pages of searchable information. The website includes Grower Profiles that highlight real-life professionals and the issues they encounter, detailed information on the company’s products, industry research reports and proven solutions for improving plant and turf health.

Sellers Welcomes Butrum; GIE Registration Open

Robert Butrum has joined the sales team of Sellers Expositions, producers of GIE+EXPO and Hardscape North America. Butrum has 20 years of marketing and sales experience and worked on-site at GIE+EXPO 2010.

Online registration is open for the 2011 GIE+EXPO, which will be held in Louisville, Ky., October 27-29. Attendees who register early have a number of opportunities to win prizes. Visit www.gie-expo.com for more information.

Becker Launches Sustainability Website

Becker Underwood announced the launch of its new sustainability website at www.sustainbu.com. Developed with the help of Flying Hippo Web Technologies, Des Moines, Iowa, the site serves as not only a forum for sustainable news and projects that the company is working on, but as a general resource to the public. It offers news on various related fields globally, as well as tips on how to help their sustainability initiative.

Fortuna Joins Atlantic Water Gardens

Demi Fortuna has joined Atlantic Water Gardens as director of product information. Fortuna has 10 years of experience presenting complex topics via seminars and lectures. He also has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of water garden design and construction.

Rain Bird Announces Call for Entries

Rain Bird’s 2011 Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition is now accepting entries from amateur and experienced filmmakers who want to raise awareness of the need for effective, efficient and responsible water use. A judging panel of film and water experts will review films submitted via the competition’s website, www.iuowfilm.com. Finalists will win a trip to Los Angeles, where they will be guests at a formal screening event hosted by wildlife expert Jack Hanna. Following the screening, two winners will be announced and awarded cash prizes of $6,000 for the Jury Award and $3,000 for the Audience Choice Award. The deadline for submission is August 1.

Correction

There was an error in the story titled “One-Stop Shopping,” which ran in the November 2010 issue of Turf. In the article, it says, “I found that if I was going to cut wet grass I had to have a bagger mower, so I bought my first Wright diesel mower in 2001 from Jonesboro Tractor,” he said. “We’ve had five Wrights.” The brand of mower should have been Walker instead of Wright. We apologize for the error.