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Nyquist Celebrates 20 Years

Melinda Nyquist celebrated 20 years with Commercial Turf & Tractor last August. Hired immediately after college, she now controls the service/contracting side of the company, which performs deep-tine aeration, topdressing, seeding, drainage, synthetic turf cleaning, and complete athletic field and greens renovation. Commercial Turf & Tractor sells such product lines as Wiedenmann, Maredo, First Products, Rotadairon, Massey Ferguson, WaterWick and JRM replacement parts.

Klundt Named VP at Grassland Oregon

Duane Klundt has joined Grassland Oregon as vice president of turfgrass sales for North America. Klundt most recently worked for the Scotts Co., where he was a senior territory manager. He currently serves as secretary-treasurer of Turfgrass Producers International and vice president of the Oregon Seed Trade Association board of directors.

Swingle Earns Service Award

Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care, Denver, Colo., was awarded the 2011 Angie's List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on about 5 percent of all the businesses rated on Angie's List, a provider of consumer reviews on local service and health providers. Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements, including earning a minimum number of reports, an exemplary rating from their clients and abiding by Angie's List operational guidelines. The categories in which Swingle has won the award include lawn irrigation, landscaping, lawn and yard work, tree service, and lawn fertilization and treatment.

Kubota Partners with Compact Power

Kubota Tractor Corp. announced a strategic partnership with Compact Power Equipment Centers, allowing it to offer select construction equipment for rent within various locations of The Home Depot Tool Rental. Since 2008, CPEC has provided customers with towable rental equipment for a variety of projects. Kubota's K008-3 excavator and BX25 tractor/loader-backhoe are currently available in about 100 Home Depot locations nationwide. CPEC hopes to place Kubota equipment in each of its 280 current locations, with a 2012 expansion goal of more than 400 additional locations.

SUPERthrive Inventor Passes Away

Dr. John Ansel Armstrong Thomson, inventor of SUPERthrive, passed away on November 28, 2011, five days after his 100th birthday. Thomson developed the SUPERthrive formula in 1939. Seventy-two years later, he was still engaged in the daily operations of his company, Vitamin Institute. As the new president, his daughter Patrisha Thomson will continue his legacy of improving horticultural and agricultural crops with the firm's sole product. Thomson held a doctorate degree in biochemistry and received numerous awards throughout his career.