Turf Magazine - October, 2013

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Abe Hughes, vice president of New Holland, North America, and Dave Coker, president, Fisher House Foundation, Inc., celebrate the kickoff of this year's True Blue Salute program, recognizing the courage, service and sacrifices of those who serve as members of our armed forces, police officers, firefighters and their families.

New Holland Announces Special Program Recognizing Military and Emergency Services Personnel

In grateful recognition of the courage, service and sacrifices which members of the armed forces, police officers, firefighters and their families make every day, New Holland is proud to announce the kickoff of this year's True Blue Salute program.

Between Sept. 11, 2013, and Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 2013, New Holland is offering a $911 "Thank You" coupon off selected models of New Holland Agriculture and Light Construction equipment. This is extended to members of the armed forces, police officers and firefighters, as well as their families. In addition, New Holland will donate $250 to the Fisher House Foundation for each qualifying model sold under this program.

Since January 2012, New Holland has raised over $1.2 million for the Fisher House under similar True Blue Salute programs.

The offer is available to all active and retired military personnel, veterans, police officers, firefighters and their families (including volunteer firefighters and police officers) on the purchase of new equipment, and is available on new, New Holland Boomer compact tractors including the Boomer 3000 SuperSuite cab models, WORKMASTER series compact & utility tractors, T1500 series compact tractors, PowerStar T4.75 tractors, T4F&V/T4000F&V/TK/TD4040F specialty tractors and New Holland light construction products including skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, compact excavators, compact wheel loaders, tractor loaders and tractor/loader/backhoes sold in the United States by an authorized New Holland dealer. Veterans and military personnel will need to show a valid, government-issued military ID card or other proof of service to receive the discount.



The nonprofit Fisher House Foundation provides a "home away from home" for military families to be close to loved ones during hospitalization for illnesses or injuries. Since January 2012, New Holland has raised over $1.2M for the Fisher House through True Blue Salute programs.

New Holland also participates in other activities that honor the nation's military heroes and their families through the company's True Blue Salute programs, with donations being made to the Fisher House Foundation. The nonprofit Fisher House Foundation provides a "home away from home" for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness or injury. Fisher House Foundation is best known for its network of comfort homes built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable military family members to be close to a loved one during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease or injury.

Toro Free Time Giveaway Winner Announced

Toro would like to congratulate Harriett Campbell of Bloomington, Ky., as the winner of the Toro Free Time Giveaway. Campbell recently took delivery of a new Toro Titan zero-turn mower. Toro ran the sweepstakes in partnership with Living the Country Life magazine. Open to individuals over 21 years of age within the 48 contiguous United States, the Toro Free Time Giveway sweepstakes promoted the time-saving benefits of a zero-turn mower and featured a prize valued at $5,699.

THE BOSS Snowplow Funds Project EverGreen's SnowCare for Troops for a Fourth Season

For a fourth year, THE BOSS Snowplow is pleased to underwrite Project EverGreen's SnowCare for Troops (SCFT) program, a community-based campaign providing active-duty military families currently deployed with snow removal services during the winter months.

While deployment levels vary from day to day, the U.S. military continues to have a major presence around the world. The U.S. Department of Defense reports more than 1.4 million active-duty personnel currently serve in the core branches of the armed services with another 850,000 reservists ready to serve. Uncertainty in the Middle East and elsewhere around the world means that the roughly 175,000 troops serving overseas will continue to need our support and help on the home front.

The SCFT campaign currently has about 3,750 families and 1,400 volunteers signed up to participate in the program. Project EverGreen matches registered military families with local volunteers to provide free snow removal services. Volunteers who want to join the cause can sign up online by visiting SnowCare for Troops. In addition to volunteer participation, donations of money or gas cards as well as loans of snow removal equipment to volunteers and community groups are also welcome.

Profile Products Completes Year-long Upgrade to Manufacturing Facility

Profile Products has completed the final phase of a year-long upgrade to processing equipment at its Blue Mountain, Miss., manufacturing facility.

This major investment allows the company continued expansion of production capacity and flexibility in its product mix, further enhancing Profile's leadership position in the sports turf, golf and agriculture markets. The company, which manufactures a comprehensive line of ceramic particles, is widely known for its Turface brand of sports field conditioners.

The upgrades were completed without any unscheduled downtime at the plant, and were done with a close eye on safety throughout the process. The manufacturing facility recently celebrated 1 million consecutive safe hours without a lost time accident.

PACT Enterprises Honors Holganix

Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) Enterprises recently honored Holganix, a supplier of bio-rational products.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Exelon Company and PECO sponsored the PACT award for the Clean Tech Company of the year, chosing Holganix, a supplier of bio-nutritional products to the landscape, golf course, agricultural and property owner markets.

Awards were presented at the region's distinctive black-tie gala, its 20th annual event, at the Valley Forge Casino

Holganix is a 100 percent organic bio-nutritional product that promotes strong turf, shrub, flower and tree health care by naturally decreasing disease and insect damage through significant root and cell wall development. It also functions as a bio-stimulant by enabling plants to more efficiently uptake beneficial nutrients and pesticides. Holganix significantly lower the quantities of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides needed to obtain the results previously only available through the use of traditional products, says the company in a news release.

Takeuchi Adds Binder Machinery Company to Dealer Network

Takeuchi-US has named Binder Machinery Company of South Plainfield, N.J., as the newest addition to their expanding dealer network in North America. Binder Machinery will carry the full Takeuchi line of compact earthmoving equipment.

Founded in 1957 by Walter Binder, Binder Machinery Company is a third-generation family-owned company specializing in the sales and rental of construction, aggregate and port equipment. As one of the most respected equipment dealers on the East Coast, Binder Machinery serves the construction, road building, landscaping, aggregate and port equipment markets in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware and eastern Pennsylvania.

Landscape Industry Veterans Launch Program to Help Owners Learn How to Run a Successful Landscape Business

The Harvest Group is proud to introduce the Harvest Academy, a Web-based program aimed at educating landscape business owners, and their managers, on every aspect of their business. The online program provides access to information designed to help owners quickly overcome the challenges involved in growing a landscape business.

Created by industry veterans, Bill Arman and Ed Laflamme, LIC, who together bring more than 80 years of hands-on experience running landscape businesses, the Harvest Academy fills a "knowledge gap." In their industry travels, Arman and Laflamme saw so many businesses, many run by owners straight out of school, failing because they didn't have the know-how or tools to run a successful business, and they decided to do something about it.

The Harvest Academy comprises proven business insight for landscape companies of all sizes, including start-ups, companies ready to move to the next level and even owners who are thinking about selling.

The information the Academy offers is broken down into eight sections, so members can learn at their own pace and choose the subjects they need to learn about at any given time.

Additionally, the Harvest Academy features:

  • Community forum - members can ask questions and get answers from Arman and Laflamme and fellow members
  • Industry Leaders section - top leaders reveal their secrets to becoming successful, along with lessons they learned to help owners grow and improve their organizations from just "doing OK" to becoming "best in class"
  • Guidebooks and tools with every lesson
  • Video lessons

Check out The Harvest Way Academy at http://www.harvestwayacademy.com/today for more information.

Fisher Engineering Announces Program to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness in October

Fisher Engineering, manufacturer of FISHER snow and ice control equipment, has announced a new promotion to support breast cancer awareness.

In conjunction with October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Fisher Engineering has made available a special limited-edition pink lift arm kit. This kit will be available for purchase through FISHER snowplow dealer locations. For every kit purchased, Fisher will make a $50 donation to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition "in support of" or "in memory of" a person of the retail customer's choosing.

WinField Signs Agreement To Acquire Matrix Turf Solutions, LLC

Winfield Solutions, LLC, one of the nation's largest distributors of professional products for golf, lawn and sports turf, ornamental, pest control, aquatics and vegetation management, has entered into a purchase agreement for the assets of Matrix Turf Solutions, LLC., based in Syracuse, N.Y.

Matrix Turf Solutions is one of the Northeast's highly respected organizations in the professional products industry, with a similar premium brand and value proposition to WinField offering solutions, service and insights to help customers win in the marketplace. Matrix Turf Solutions' primary focus is turf and ornamental, servicing the states of New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire and New Jersey through its four locations.

WinField has 80 service centers across the country and more than 75 sales representatives in golf course management, lawn and sports turf management, pest control, aquatics, ornamental and vegetative management markets.

WinField also recently announced it has entered into a purchase agreement for the acquisition of the professional products business assets and inventory of Wilco-WinField JV, which primarily services the turf and ornamental segments in the Pacific Northwest.

Bobcat Launches "I Have an Idea" Contest

Bobcat Company has announced the "I Have an Idea" contest where contestants can provide their Bobcat accessory ideas starting Sept. 25.

Contestants are invited to "Like" Bobcat's Facebook page which will allow them to provide their best product accessory idea. Bobcat is looking for ideas ranging from in-cab comfort enhancements to time-saving add-ons. The entries can be specific to any of the Bobcat lines of equipment. All entries will be judged on creativity, quality, completeness and originality.

The six-week contest will have weekly winners who could win an air compressor, power generator, an entertainment package including a 42-inch LCD TV, area rug, beer stein or a power washer.

The final day to submit an entry is Nov. 5, 2013. This contest is limited to residents of the continental United States and Canada. For a complete list of rules and an entry form, visit http://ow.ly/pcoxf.

Tierra Verde Wins Awards From Orange County Chapter of the CLCA

For the 13th consecutive year, Tierra Verde Landscape, Inc. has been recognized for excellence by the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA), Orange County Chapter. This year they earned five honors in several categories.

Tierra Verde Landscape received awards in categories such as multi-unit residential landscape maintenance; retail, office and industrial landscape maintenance and landscape maintenance projects over 20 years old for their work in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Irvine and Long Beach. These accomplishments were recently recognized at the CLCA's Annual Beautification Awards Program, held at the Mission Viejo Country Club in Mission Viejo.