Industry Update


Valley Green to Distribute PlanTTech Fertilizers

Valley Green has been appointed as a master distributor for a new research-based fertilizer line called PlanTTech Organic Fertilizers. PlanTTech is a joint venture with fertilizer manufacturer Grigg Brothers. The fertilizers are designed with environmental considerations in mind, do not contain sewage sludge or manure and come in granular and liquid forms.

Mid-Am Appoints New Board Member

The Mid-America Horticultural Trade Show held elections for officers and board members for 2009-2010. Re-elected officers include Richard Harms, president; Barbara Rosborough, vice president and board member; Bill Vogel, secretary; and Carsten Hoffmeyer, treasurer.

Jim Melka, Jim Melka Landscaping & Garden Center, Mokena, Ill., was newly elected to the board of directors for a three-year term. Remaining on the board were Steve Fiore, Terry Kurth and Dave Story.

Project EverGreen President Chris Kujawa opened the program at The Domes.

Milwaukee Named Second EverGreen Zone

Project EverGreen named Milwaukee, Wis., its second EverGreen Zone, along with Akron, Ohio. The designation translates into a citywide effort to raise public awareness about the benefits of green spaces, and includes projects and partnerships intended to inspire citizens while transforming neglected areas of the city.

A kickoff event at The Domes was the official beginning of the program. Speakers included Chris Kujawa, Project EverGreen president; Scott Walker, Milwaukee County executive; Sue Black, Milwaukee County parks director; Preston Cole, city of Milwaukee environmental services superintendent; and Melinda Myers, gardening expert and author.

Dawn Industries Acquires U-Tell System

Dawn Industries, Inc. has acquired U-Tell Sales’ IrriCap system. U-Tell, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, manufactures direct access caps for irrigation drain valves and wire splices. The company was started in 2005 by Travis Wilson.

Green Lawn Recognized by Hunter

Green Lawn Underground Sprinklers, Merrill, Wis., was recognized by Hunter Industries as a leader in water conservation applications for landscape irrigation, receiving the 2008 Conservation Contractor Award for the Great Lakes region. Green Lawn is a landscape irrigation company providing design, installation and service for residential and commercial customers throughout central and northern Wisconsin.

David Pettus

Kioti Hires Pettus

Kioti Tractor announced the addition of David Pettus to its product support team. He will be responsible for assisting dealers with telephone technical support and warranty claims, and his territory includes Utah, Colorado, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia. Pettus has over 20 years of experience in technical support and service and holds five certifications for servicing diesel equipment from Pitt Community College in Greenville, N.C.

Exmark & Toro Donate Mowers

Exmark Mfg. and the Toro Giving Program donated zero-turn riding mowers to two community organizations and a public school in southeast Nebraska. The Tecumseh Ball Association, Beatrice YMCA and Tri-County Public School each received a new Exmark Next Lazer Z. The organizations were selected based on need, as well as the benefits they deliver to the communities they serve.

Toro Searches for Smoothest Operator

Toro Co. launched the “Smooth Operator Video Challenge,” asking landscape contractors to create and submit short video testimonials of the new Z Master G3 and GrandStand mowers in action. Participants will earn a chance to win a business-building prize package from Toro. Videos can be uploaded to and linked to through July 31. Visitors can log on to (new users will need to register) to rank the videos during the contest. Final voting on the highest-ranked videos will take place from August 1 to August 31. Visit for more information.

Jacobsen provided a greensmower for use on natural grass on board the Celebrity Solstice.

Jacobsen Mower Rides the High Seas

Jacobsen has supplied one of its newest walking greensmowers to mow an extensive area of natural grass lawn on Celebrity Cruise Lines’ latest cruise ship, the Celebrity Solstice. The Turf Care Co., Jacobsen’s distributor in Germany, provided a Jacobsen Eclipse 122F with a drop-in battery pack to mow The Lawn Club’s 2,548 square feet of grass.

Turf Teq’s 1305BC Brush Cutter.

Turf Teq Receives ASABE Award

The Turf Teq model 1305BC Brush Cutter received an AE 50 Award from the American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineering. The AE 50 Awards were presented at the ASABE annual international meeting, held in Reno, Nev.

Environmental Turf Wins Five National Marketing Awards

Environmental Turf, Avon Park, Fla., won five national marketing awards at the 20th annual Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association award ceremony and conference. The company won first place and merit awards for writing for an electronic newsletter, first place for writing a feature article, and merit awards for writing for company Web site (original content) and overall newsletter/magazine design.

Cub Cadet Continues Support of GreenCare for Troops

Cub Cadet Commercial has signed on again as the sole financial underwriter for administration and coordination of Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops. The program, supported by more than 2,200 green industry professionals, provides free lawn and landscape services to military families whose major provider is serving overseas.