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Events : WHAT, WHEN & WHERE.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... June 21-23 OPEI Annual Meeting Ponte Vedra, FL; 512/442-1788 26-27 1st Annual Pennsylvania Snow Removal Conference / Reading, PA; 717/238-1673 28 Scouting for Pests and Problems of Woody Ornamentals in the Landscape / Amherst,...
Have a Plan B, just in case.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Every time I hear a news story on the stock market, I think about sheep and how mindlessly they stampede together. We see this same effect when stockholders buy and sell in great waves generated by the slightest event. Often, these...
A tale of two ponds.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Landscape ponds are the rage in my community. Most are of the design-and-build-yourself variety. Dig a hole, put down a liner, fill it with water, insert plants and fish -- instant pond. I built one of these myself. It was 6 by 6 ft., and 3...
Come over to my place.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... If you want to learn a lot of useful information that you can use in your company, hold a meeting. It's as simple as opening your home or business for an evening to a group of local competitors. Last year, I held my first networking meeting....
Companies bid for Aventis Biotech.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... LONDON -- Aventis has narrowed the list of potential buyers of its agrochemical division, CropScience, down to German companies BASF and Bayer and U.S.-based Dow Chemical.
Bayer revenues exceed $10 million.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... PITTSBURGH, PA -- Pittsburgh-based Bayer reported a 13.6% increase in sales to $10.1 billion for 2000. This is the first time the company achieved revenues exceeding $10 billion. Earnings were also higher as after-tax profits rose 32% to $202...
Oyler resigns from U.S. Lawns.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... CALABASAS, CA -- Thomas Oyler resigned as president of U.S. Lawns (USL), the franchise landscape maintenance company he founded in 1986 and sold 10 years later to Environmental Industries (EII). Burton Sperber, CEO of EII, said that Ken...
McGinnis Farms has new name.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... MOLINE, IL -- Deere & Company announced that McGinnis Farms, Inc., its recently acquired wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Alpharetta, GA, is changing its name to John Deere Landscapes. "This name change allows us to create a...
DuPont withdraws Benlate.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... WILMINGTON, DE -- DuPont announced that by the end of this year, it will stop selling the fungicide Benlate. On the market for 33 years, Benlate's been been criticized as a health risk. DuPont cited high legal costs for its decision.
Lesco reports drop in net sales.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... STRONGSVILLE, OH -- Lesco, Inc. reported that first quarter net sales were down 8.3% compared to last year. The company said the drop in sales was due to a late spring over the northern two-thirds of the country, a severe drought in Florida...
PLCAA Day on the Hill deadline nears.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... MARIETTA, GA -- Don't forget to sign up for PLCAA's 12th Annual Legislative Day on the Hill by June 29! Hotel reservations must be made by June 22. Contact PLCAA at 800/458-3466.
DIG acquires LEIT product line.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... VISTA, CA -- DIG Corp. purchased the LEIT product line from ALTEC Irrigation, Inc. The purchase makes DIG the largest provider of alternative power controllers in the irrigation industry.
Win a truck at Expo.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... LOUISVILLE, KY -- Attend the International Lawn, Garden & Power Equipment Expo and you'll have a chance to win $25,000 toward the purchase of a truck through the annual Trucks of the Industry Giveaway. Admission to EXPO 2001 is free to those...
Riverdale relocates headquarters.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... BURR RIDGE, IL -- Riverdale, a subsidiary of international chemical company Nufarm, relocated its corporate headquarters from Glenwood, IL to Burr Ridge, IL and invested $5 million in upgrades to its Chicago Heights, IL manufacturing plant.
Griffin LLC registers new product.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... VALDOSTA, GA -- Griffin LLC received registration for a dry flowable formulation of its chlorothalonil fungicide. This new product, Concorde DF, is available through select turf and ornamental distributors.
Sipcam buys mefenoxam formula.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... ROSWELL, GA -- Sipcam Agro USA acquired the sales and marketing rights to the emulsifiable concentrate (EC) formulation of mefenoxam fungicide. Most recently marketed by the Uniroyal Chemical Company under their name Quell, Sipcam will...
Plant bacteria may infect humans.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... NEW YORK -- A soil bacterium that causes tumors on plants may be able to insert its tumor-causing DNA into human cells, reports Reuters Health. The bacterium, called Agrobacterium tumefaciens, has a little piece of DNA that can insert itself...
Wal-Mart to carry Snapper mowers.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... McDONOUGH, GA -- As the result of declining numbers of OPE dealers and the growing popularity of home center stores and mass merchants, Snapper has reached an agreement with Wal-Mart to sell several models of mowers in Wal-Mart stores....
Blount acquires Fabtek.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... MONTGOMERY, AL -- Blount International, which manufactures industrial and power equipment among other things, acquired Fabtek, Inc. Fabtek, which had sales of $21 million last year, will now become part of Blount's Industrial and Power...
SRO cuts royalty check for U. of Arizona.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... TUCSON, AZ -- Seed Research of Oregon (SRO) representatives delivered a royalty check for $13,507.16 to the University of Arizona's turfgrass research program. The royalty check represented 100,000 lbs. of SR 1020 and Brighton grass seed sold...
2000 GIE in Indy drew 6,000.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- The Professional Lawn Care Industry of America (PLCAA) says that more than 6,000 exhibitors and attendees participated in the Green Industry Conference & Expo this past November. These included 340 companies represented on...
Turfco unveils parts Web page.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Turfco Direct unveiled the lawn care industry's first parts direct page on its Web site, www.turfco.com, which allows for purchases day or night. "It's expensive and time-intensive to send someone to get parts during the...
Sonar label changes approved.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... CARMEL, IN -- Recent changes to the Sonar aquatic herbicide label have been reviewed and approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of California. The label is available through SePRO at 800/419-7779 or www.sepro.com.
Spectro 90WDG label accepted.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... DAYTON, NJ -- Cleary's Spectro 90WDG turf and ornamental fungicide has been accepted for use in the state of California. Labeled site uses include golf courses, commercial lawns, sod farms, greenhouses, nurseries, interiorscapes and...
Recession? What recession? Busy as ever, Green Industry pros find talk of economic slowdown laughable.(Brief Article)(Statistical Data Included)
June 1, 2001... If you want to give Marty Grunder's crew a good laugh, he suggests you tell them the economy is slowing down. Grunder, owner and president of Grunder Landscaping Co., Dayton, OH, says his crews are as busy as they've ever been despite talk of...
OMISSION.(Brief Article)(Correction Notice)
June 1, 2001... In the May issue of Landscape Management, the first page of the article entitled, "Managing Diseases," was omitted. We regret the error. Go to www.landscapemanagement.net to read the article in its entirety.
The J.R. Simplot Company's Turf and Horticulture Group.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... The J.R. Simplot Company's Turf and Horticulture Group named Hiromi Yanagisawa vice president and general manager of its newly created International division.
The Evergreen Foundation's Board of Directors.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... The Evergreen Foundation's Board of Directors recently expanded with the addition of John Deere's Bill Klutho and Aquatrols' Demie Moore. Yazoo/Kees Power Equipment named Bob Morgan sales manager.
ProSource One.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... ProSource One named Brad Boroughs turf representative in the Texas market, David Auchter vegetation management representative in Minnesota, and Jennifer Smith ornamental sales representative in the South Central Turf & Ornamental market.
Becker Underwood.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Becker Underwood promoted John Walther to national accounts manager and Mike Sherman to business development manager. The company also hired Wally Boilek as national accounts manager.
Seed Research of Oregon.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Seed Research of Oregon added Bryan Muntz for its sales staff. He will focus his efforts on the West Coast and the Plains states from Kansas north to Canada.
Bayer Corp. named Michael Daly.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Bayer Corp. named Michael Daly turf and ornamental brand manager, Cathy Fuhrman commercial market manager and Jennifer Remsberg residential market manager. Field sales representative Jeff Vannoy has become a Home Health Brand representative,...
The Professional Lawn Care Association of America.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... The Professional Lawn Care Association of America welcomed the return of Heath Moore to his new role as sales and marketing manager of the Green Industry Expo. Moore had been PLCAA's membership and education manager for five years.
Rain Bird.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Rain Bird promoted Ken Mills to vice president of its Turf Division, Janet Reilly to vice president of its Contractor Division and Karl Altergott to director of its Commercial Division.
Netafim USA.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Netafim USA was awarded the 2000 Excellence in Business Award in the manufacturing category of a contest sponsored by The Fresno Bee.
Nichimen America.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Nichimen America received organic status approval for its contact fungicide, Kaligreen. Also, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation approved a major label expansion for Kaligreen - more than 50 agricultural and horticultural crops.
Lewis Seed.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Lewis Seed named Michael Thomas as its new manager.
Labor Finders International.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Labor Finders International announced the opening of nine new branches in the second half of 1999, giving a total of 20 openings for the year.
The Mid-America Horticultural Trade Show.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... The Mid-America Horticultural Trade Show named Rand Baldwin managing director. Donn W. Sandford retired after 25 years at the position in January.
June 1, 2001... Reemay has changed the name of one of its gardening products from The Germinator to Reemay Lawn and Garden Blankets.
Lawn Doctor.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Lawn Doctor president and chief executive officer Russell Frith was elected secretary and treasurer of the International Franchise Association.
June 1, 2001... McCrometer acquired Water Specialties, adding Water Specialties' flowmeters designed for water and wastewater management applications to its list of flow measurement products.
The Outdoor Power Equipment Distributors Association.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... The Outdoor Power Equipment Distributors Association (OPEDA) named William Parsley president, Chris Saxton vice president and Mike Medart secretary/treasurer.
Simplot Turf & Horticulture.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Simplot Turf & Horticulture was awarded two patents, one for seashore zoysiagrass and Idaho bentgrass, two obscure grasses that had never been used for turf purposes before.
Profile Products LLC.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Profile Products LLC, Buffalo Grove, IL, which specializes in inorganic soil amendments and hydraulically applied mulches, bought Conwed Fibers, Conover, NC, a wood-based hydraulic mulch products manufacturer.
Contech Construction Products.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Contech Construction Products, Middletown, OH named Steve Spanagel vice president of its Keystone Retaining Wall Systems division.
Exmark.(Power Trim Co.)(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Exmark named Power Trim Company, La Palma, CA its 1999 Distributor of the Year.
Milorganite.(Mike Archer marketing development and research coordinator)(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Milorganite, makers of Milorganite natural organic fertilizer, named Mike Archer marketing development and research coordinator.
Bush Hog.(Roudebush Equipment Co.)(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Bush Hog named Roudebush Equipment Company its number one dealer in the nation in sales volume of zero turn mowers.
Stens Power Equipment Parts.(Chris Burchard)(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Stens Power Equipment Parts named five new territory managers: Chris Burchard, Arizona and southern California, Dale Sprik, Michigan, Gary Goode, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and portions of Iowa and western Illinois, Doug Puckett, Kentucky,...
Scag Power Equipment promoted John Crowson.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Scag Power Equipment promoted John Crowson to vice president of sales and marketing, David Sugden to vice president of product development, Todd Warnie to manager of research and development, and Chris Frame to manager of marketing and...
The Association of Professional Landscape Designers.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... The Association of Professional Landscape Designers voted in its 2000 officers. They are: Myrna Dowsett, president, Deanna Pillarelli, president elect, Gerry Crouch, treasurer, Judy DePue, secretary, Timothy Thoelecke, Jr., immediate past...
Prokoz, Inc.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Prokoz, Inc. announced that the following companies are members: Brewer Environmental Industries LLC, Honolulu, HI, D & K Products, Des Moines, IA, and Reinders, Elm Grove, WI.
The Las Vegas Chapter of the Nevada Landscape Association.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... The Las Vegas Chapter of the Nevada Landscape Association named its board of directors for April 2000-March 2001: John Cerul, past president, John Marman, president, Ralph Hollander, president elect, Bruce Royer, secretary-treasurer, Helen...
New Mexico State University.(Bernhard Leinauer)(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... New Mexico State University hired Bernhard Leinauer as an assistant professor and turfgrass specialist with the school's Cooperative Extension Service.
Briggs & Stratton.(Exide Corp.)(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Briggs & Stratton made Exide Corporation its authorized battery supplier.
Bayer Corp. launched an e-commerce Web site.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Bayer Corp. launched an e-commerce Web site (www.bayscapecolors.com) developed specifically for BayScape colorants for premium landscape mulch.
Tyler Enterprises.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Tyler Enterprises, Elwood, IL, hired Jerry Helm as sales representative for landscape and lawn care, John Gronnett as driver for delivering products to Ohio and northern Kentucky, and Mark Gross as warehouseman for the company's newly...
Zeneca Professional Products named Kimberly Langan.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Zeneca Professional Products named Kimberly Langan product service representative for its western region and Deborah Meier technical manager for professional turf products.
Barenbrug appointed two new territory managers.(Jennifer Zelley, New Jersey, and Scott Rushe, Pennsylvania.)(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Barenbrug appointed two new territory managers: Jennifer Zelley, New Jersey, and Scott Rushe, Pennsylvania.
Research Seeds.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Research Seeds appointed Ken Fearday president. Fearday succeeds Bill Whitacre, who resigned April 28.
Barenbrug Northeast.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Barenbrug Northeast has completed the remodeling of its 35,000-sq-ft. facility in Ogdensburg, NJ. The renovation was aimed at making the facility more customer friendly and able to allow for timely training and continuing education for...
The L.R. Nelson Corp.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... The L.R. Nelson Corp., Peoria, IL, has named several people to positions in its Landscape and Turf Division: Scott Harn, product manager, Ben Vonk, quality manager, Tom Heindselman, sales manager for the Plains states, John George, sales...
June 1, 2001... ALCA appointed John Luznicky, CLP, vice president of Durham Hill Nursery, to the 2000 Certification Board of Governors.
J & J Truck Bodies & Trailers.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... J & J Truck Bodies & Trailers, Somerset, PA, named Truck Body Associates, Farmingdale, NY, Amthor's, Walden, NY, and T & T Body King, Latham, NY as new distributors.
Growth Products, White Plains, NY, named BWI.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Growth Products, White Plains, NY, named BWI, Texarkana, TX, as a new Professional Turf Line distributor for the southeastern U.S.
Redexim Charterhouse.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Redexim Charterhouse gave Lawn & Golf Supply Co. its USA Distributor of the Year award, A.R. Mower & Supply Ltd. its Distributor of the Year award, and David Baldasare its Salesperson of the Year award.
Zeneca Professional Products named Deborah Meier.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Zeneca Professional Products named Deborah Meier North American technical manager for professional turf products.
Bio-Green of Las Vegas.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Bio-Green of Las Vegas, NV took on Florida Irrigation as a fertilizer system distributor. Bio-Green now conducts business in 13 states including Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Utah and New Mexico.
Growth Products, White Plains, NY, added Randy Oberlander.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Growth Products, White Plains, NY, added Randy Oberlander to its staff of technical sales representatives.
Swingle Tree & Landscape Care.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Swingle Tree & Landscape Care received Christmas Decor's award for the 1999 Veteran Franchise of the Year. This was the second time Swingle was recognized for this award.
Landscape Management, Golfdom, Turfgrass Trends win 17 TOCA awards.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... PHOENIX, AZ -- The Advanstar Landscape Group collected 17 national Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) awards at the organization's annual meeting held here last month. Landscape Management won six awards, including firsts...
Scotts goes West.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... MARYSVILLE, OH -- Scotts Lawn Care expanded westward by acquiring Chicago-based Liqui-Green in May and the lawn, shrub and tree business of Northern Lawns, Omaha, NB. Mark Long, vice president Scotts Lawn Service, said Liqui-Green's six...
Hardscape and edging galore.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Hardscape and edging galore...fill the pages of Oly-Ola Sales' "Bric-Edg Paver Restraints, the Only Serious Choice" and "Oly-Ola Edgings, the Only Serious Choice" catalogs. The catalog on pavers contains information on Bric-Edg's design,...
Scores of hand-held outdoor power equipment.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Scores of hand-held outdoor power equipment...can be found in RedMax's 2001 catalog. The full color, 20-page catalog contains photos and complete specifications for each RedMax string trimmer, blower, hedge trimmer, reciprocator, edger,...
Manage property better.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Manage property better...with ACRT, Inc.'s Green Resource Manager for Windows software package. It lets facilities managers track and manage every plant, fixture, piece of furniture and building with just a click of a mouse. Organize...
Find woody landscape plants.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Find woody landscape plants...on PlantAmerica's new CD-ROM called, "The Interactive Manual of Woody Landscape Plants." On it you'll find 2,000 plant images, 10,000 woody plants, data on 350 genera, 1,100 line drawings, zone map, glossary, 30...
Insecticides, herbicides and fungicides.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... Insecticides, herbicides and fungicides... can be accessed through Thompson Publications' 2001 Quick Guide. Products are listed by their different trade names and what pests they control, then by U.S. registered crop usages. To buy a copy...
Weather any economic storm : Whether this year's economy soars or slumps, be prepared to profit.
June 1, 2001... Ask around about the possibility of a recession and you'll get differing answers. But ask around about what Green Industry companies should do to get ready for an economic downturn and you'll find surprising unanimity. Years of...
Recession? It may be here already.(Interview)
June 1, 2001... Who better to tell us whether we're in a recession or not than an economic consultant? We asked Gary Shilling, and here's what he had to say: Landscape Management: Our readers are sending us mixed signals about whether they see the...
Make lawn maintenance low maintenance : Common sense ideas for selecting and siting trees and plants for affordable long-term beauty.
June 1, 2001... Too often, landscape architects and designers create landscapes with little, if any, regard as to how much it will cost to maintain them. Their designs can become so boggled in aesthetics, harmony, composition and the interrelationship of...
Managing diseases : Don't be a "fungicide addict." Know how contact and systemic products differ, and use them effectively.
June 1, 2001... PART TWO OF A TWO-PART SERIES Fungicides are only "needed" because of our high expectations for turf quality, but more people are relying on them because of their availability and the increasing demand for "perfect" turf. I describe this...
Award-winning landscape management : BNA Corporate Center.(Brief Article)
June 1, 2001... A 2000 Grand Award Winner of the Professional Grounds Management Society for Small Site It's rumored that AAA Lawn Industries employees who take care of the BNA Corporate Center whistle George Strait tunes while they're mowing and...
Hardline on hardscape : Three landscape company managers talk about the risks and rewards of installing hardscaping.
June 1, 2001... Hardscaping done right can be a landscape professional's signature mark, especially in high-end residential and commercial markets where price isn't a huge factor. Those contractors who can "deliver the goods" at the price promised are a hot...