Turf Magazine - September, 2012

NORTH DEPARTMENTS

Supplier News

Ruppert Teams Up with ABC to Host Networking Event

Ruppert Landscape partnered with Associated Builders & Contractors of Metro Washington to host a summer networking event at Ruppert's corporate headquarters in Laytonsville, Md. More than 500 people attended the event, which allows members and prospective members to interact in a relaxed outdoor setting. ABC's Metro Washington Chapter has been holding its summer networking event at Ruppert headquarters for nearly 15 years.


Ruppert Landscape hosted ABC's Metro Washington Chapter's summer networking event.

Syngenta to Acquire DuPont Professional Products Business

Syngenta has announced that it will acquire the DuPont Professional Products insecticide business, including a number of registered trademark brands.

Created in 2002, the DuPont Professional Products insecticide business specializes in the development and marketing of innovative branded products for the professional turf and pest control markets, including Altriset, Advion, Arilon and Acelepryn. The acquisition price is $125 million.

As a result of this transaction, Syngenta can pursue opportunities in adjacent markets such as the ornamental horticulture and consumer markets. Finally, Syngenta Research & Development investment will drive growth in opportunities to extend the use of the active ingredients in the professional and home pest markets.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approval. Closing is expected in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Learn About New Pyrethroid Label Language with FMC Videos

Two new videos from FMC Corporation take lawn care professionals step-by-step through the new label language adopted by the EPA for non-crop outdoor use of all pyrethroid insecticide products. The videos each focus on a different type of product: liquid pyrethroids or granular pyrethroids.

Each running three to four minutes, the videos clearly demonstrate how and where to use pyrethroid products in common outdoor situations.

You can view the FMC New Pyrethroid Label Language videos on the FMCTurf YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/FMCturf.

Coxreels Moves to New Location

Coxreels will move to a new location, not far from its current facility in Tempe, Ariz. Fabrication, machine and welding departments have already relocated and are fully functional. The new facility will provide production with nearly 50 percent more operational space. This move will permit manufacturing processes to be improved and increase productivity.

Landscape Leadership Expands

Chris Heiler, founder and president of Landscape Leadership, has shifted the focus of his business from simply consulting to providing full agency inbound marketing services. Landscape Leadership's services include SEO services, editorial content planning, blogging, email marketing, community management, real-time reputation management and related company training. As part of the launch, Landscape Leadership is offering a free inbound marketing assessment to evaluate businesses' current websites and inbound marketing efforts. Green industry companies can learn how they compare to their competitors and how to make better decisions with their marketing budgets.

GIE+EXPO Announces Additional Free Concert on Friday

Candy Coburn will perform on Friday evening, Oct. 26, at Fourth Street Live. Coburn will be the fourth performer at GIE+EXPO this year. Prior to the concert, she will be signing autographs at the booth of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute. Find more information and register at www.gie-expo.com.

New England Grows Announces 2013 Program Highlights

New England Grows is scheduled for Feb. 6-8, 2013, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. This year's theme is "Frontline thinking. Intelligent solutions." More than 30 educational seminars are planned and exhibit booth sales are already exceeding expectations. The speaker lineup includes Bruce Allison, Kirk Armstrong, Kip Creel, Richard Hawke, Dan Heims, Michael Raupp and Cass Turnbull. They will address a variety of timely commercial horticultural topics like permaculture, the impact of global climate change on plants and pests, water management, small space garden design, mature tree care and biological controls, as well as important business growth ideas such as digital marketing and lead conversion, selling in the "new economy" and data mining. For more information, visit www.newenglandgrows.org.

PrimeraTurf Announces New Board Members

PrimeraTurf, Inc. announced its newest board members as voted on by the membership at its annual meeting. Joining the board are Jim Coens, vice president of sales for Conserv FS, Woodstock, Ill., and Rocky

Dreibrodt of Corbin Turf Supply, Greenville, S.C. The board also includes Randy Tischer, Kevin Connelly, Roger Ogalla, Michael Hull and Jonathan Annas.

Kawasaki Names New District Manager

Tim Hogan has joined the field sales team for the Engines and Power Products Division at Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. He will have responsibility for supporting retailers of the brand's products in a territory that includes Long Island, N.Y., New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Hogan has more than 20 years of retail experience, most recently working for Long Island Power Equipment for 13 years.