New Holland Construction Sponsoring Extreme Dream 2011 Contest
New Holland Construction is sponsoring the Extreme Dream 2011 contest, and the winning entry will be provided with a free L218 skid steer loader. Simply tell us about your biggest, best and/or most challenging landscape project, and three winners will be selected to receive a trip to the GIE+EXPO trade show in Louisville, Ky., where the grand prize winner will be announced in the New Holland Construction booth. Enter your project today at http://www.newholland.com or go to www.LawnSite.com/extremedream2011.
VMI Creates Drill Field Complex with SRWs
When the Virginia Military Institute wanted to convert an unusable valley on its Lexington, Va., campus to a drill field and shooting range complex, it turned to Versa-Lok Retaining Wall Systems. The solution was a 34-foot-tall segmental retaining wall over a quarter mile long holding up over 100,000 cubic yards of fill to create a 6-acre level field. VMI used Versa-Lok’s Weathered Square Foot product in a Granite Blend color.
Kioti’s 2010 5-Paw Dealers.
Kioti Names Certified Dealers, Hires Medeiros
Kioti Tractor announced its 2010 5-Paw Certified Dealers. Qualifying dealers were recognized at an awards banquet at the annual dealer meeting. Forty-six dealers earned the certification for 2010, with 12 of those having earned it for the second time and 10 dealers having earned it for the third consecutive year since the program’s launch.
Kioti appointed Eugene Medeiros to the position of director of product support. He has over 35 years’ experience in support positions from national parts manager to vice president of operations for companies including Massey Ferguson, Kubota, Komatsu, Eagle-Picher, Reliable Tractor and McCormick.
Toro Sponsors PGMS
Toro has extended and expanded support for the Professional Grounds Management Society as a Gold Elite Partner in Professionalism in 2011. Toro has committed additional support to the society, which will allow PGMS to enhance its member education and certification programs. As a Gold Elite Partner, Toro will use specialized marketing programs for green industry suppliers, including email marketing, advertising, feature articles in the PGMS Grounds Management Forum and the Grounds for Thought e-newsletter, and more.
TruGreen to Donate for Facebook “Likes”
TruGreen announced it will donate up to $10,000 to GreenCare for Troops, a Project EverGreen program that offers free lawn care and landscape services to military families. TruGreen will donate $1 for every new follower it gains on its Facebook page for a three-month period. To donate, simply visit the page, www.facebook.com/TruGreen, and click the “like” button at the top of the page.
Registration Open for WaterSmart Innovations
Registration is open for the fourth WaterSmart Innovations confer- ence and exposition, slated for October 5-7, 2011, at the South Point Hotel & Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Last year’s WSI conference and expo drew nearly 1,100 participants from 40 states and 10 nations. It featured more than 130 professional sessions and an expo hall with 100 exhibitors. Learn more at www.watersmartinnovations.com.
CST Opens Distribution Yard
The Concrete Stone & Tile Corp. announced the grand opening of its new distribution yard in Manassas, Va. CST believes the new distribution yard will provide dealers with the capability to fill partial orders easily and efficiently.
HNA Accepting Entries; Opens Registration
Registration is open for Hardscape North America, which will run concurrently with GIE+EXPO, October 27-29, in Louisville, Ky. Highlights include an HNA education conference and demonstration programs, as well as optional preshow installation courses.
HNA is accepting entries for the fourth annual Hardscape Project Awards to be presented at the Hardscape Awards Breakfast on October 28. Projects for consideration must have been completed between November 1, 2007, and June 30, 2011. The deadline for entries is September 15. Learn more at www.hardscapena.com.
Kichler Acquires Teron
Kichler Lighting has acquired Teron Lighting, Inc., a commercial lighting product manufacturer headquartered in Fairfield, Ohio. TLI will operate as a standalone entity with Michael Bellos and David Bellos continuing to manage its business.
Belgard Adds Taylor
Charles “Chuck” Taylor has joined Belgard Hardscapes by Oldcastle as a commercial hardscapes advisor, specializing in permeable interlocking concrete pavers. Taylor has more than 30 years of experience in the construction business. He served as the technical director for Advanced Pavement Technology for the past 10 years.
ServiceMaster Sells TruGreen LandCare
The ServiceMaster Co. has signed a definitive agreement to sell its commercial landscaping business, TruGreen LandCare, to an affiliate of Aurora Capital Group. TruGreen LandCare provides landscape maintenance services to commercial, industrial and municipal customers. It will continue to offer a comprehensive suite of landscaping services through a network of 60 branches in 17 states. The sale does not impact ServiceMaster’s TruGreen lawn care unit, which provides lawn, tree and shrub care to 14,000 customers within the U.S. and Canada.
LiveRoof Hires Spirou
LiveRoof, LLC selected Paul D. Spirou as its regional sales representative in Florida for the LiveRoof Hybrid Green Roof System. An accredited Green Roof Professional, Spirou has nine years of experience as a project manager and quality control manager in the construction industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in building construction management from the University of North Florida and a master’s in business administration from the University of Miami. He is pursuing a graduate certificate in sustainable construction from the University of Florida.
Hendry to Represent North American Pipe
Hendry & Associates and North American Pipe Corp. announced an agreement to have Hendry represent North American to the green industry. North American is part of the Westlake Chemical Corp.
GIE+EXPO Offers Variety of Workshops
GIE+EXPO offers a wide range of educational tracks every year. A mini-series, called GIE+EXPO Workshops, is available for lawn and landscape pros who want an introduction to the Green Industry Conference. Workshops this year will include Adding Hardscape Installation to Your Company’s Success, with Pat McCrindle; How to Become a Great Foreman, with Phil Harwood; Best Practices That All Smaller, Growing Companies Need to Know and Practice, with Bill Arman; and Breakthrough Selling in a Tough Economy, with Jeffrey Scott. Learn more at www.gie-expo.com.
ARI Expands Library
ARI has expanded its offering of OPE manufacturer parts catalogs on PartSmart to include Hydro-Gear’s complete product line. Under the exclusive three-year agreement, Hydro-Gear will provide ARI with the parts, pricing and support data for its line of high-performance hydrostatic transmissions, gear reduction drives, piston pumps, wheel motors and accessories. ARI will manage, convert, publish, support and distribute the data.