Industry Update

John Ingle with the Roundup PROMAX Smart Car.

Turf Reader Wins Roundup PROMAX Smart Car

Monsanto’s Roundup PROMAX Smart Car traveled the country for nearly a year, making stops at landscape and lawn industry events from coast to coast. The car made its final stop in Charleston, Ill., where it was awarded to John Ingle, a groundskeeper at Eastern Illinois University and home lawn care enthusiast. Ingle learned of the national contest to win the two-passenger coupe in Turf magazine.

Rogers Names New Dealer

Rogers Bros. Corp. announced that Highlift, LLC, Cincinnati, Ohio, is now an authorized distributor for its trailers in Ohio and parts of Kentucky and Indiana. Highlift stocks a wide range of new and used equipment for sale and rental.

Irrigation Consultants & Control Changes Name

Irrigation Consultants & Control, Inc., Plymouth, Minn., has changed its name to Water in Motion, Inc. and has a new Web site at The company continues to offer the same core services and its professional leadership is unchanged, with Timothy Malooly as president, Craig Otto as water resource consultant, Caty Kakos Johnson as design manager, Al Beveir as technologies systems manager and Jerry Anfang as applied technologies water manager.

Stens Launches Live Tech Chat

Stens has added a new Live Tech Chat feature to its Web site at The feature puts customers in touch with a Stens tech when a parts search is unsuccessful. Technical assistance is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.

Big John Ships Equipment to Iraq

Big John Tree Transplanter Mfg., Inc. announced the shipment of an order of equipment to a customer in Iraq. The order included seven model 90Ds mounted on new Mack truck chassis. In addition to Iraq, Big John has entered markets in Russia, Mongolia, Vietnam, Ukraine, Spain, United Kingdom, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Canada and Mexico.

Dealerships Earn NAEDA Power Pro Designation

Riesterer & Schnell, Inc., Chilton, Wis., and Waconia Farm Supply, Waconia, Minn., have been designated Power Pro dealers by the North American Equipment Dealers Association. The dealerships earned accreditation by meeting industry standards related to operational performance and customer commitment.

Mid-Am Awards 13 Schools

Continuing its yearly tradition, the Mid-America Horticultural Trade Show presented cash awards to the top schools represented at the 2009 Student Career Center. The event, attended by 450 students, featured 37 green industry businesses promoting their companies. Mid-Am distributed nearly $3,000 to schools including Purdue University, Fox Valley Technical College, Chicago High School for Ag Sciences, Kishwaukee College, University of Wisconsin-Racine, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, College of DuPage, Michigan State University, Greencorps, Andrews University, Parkland College, University of Illinois-Champaign and Vincennes University.

Aquascape Holds Community Makeover, Launches CRP Program

Aquascape, Inc. held its first-ever Extreme Green Community Makeover during the 10th anniversary of Pondemonium. Aquascape contractors installed sustainable landscaping for residents of Lakes of Bliss Woods, Sugar Grove, Ill.

Aquascape launched the Certified RainXchange Professional program, which provides education in water conservation issues and training on design and installation of the RainXchange System. CRPs will receive exposure on Aquascape’s Web site and be able to use the Certified RainXchange Professional logo in any marketing materials.

Lee’s Publishes Water Conservation Articles

Lee’s Landscaping & Design, Minneapolis, Minn., has published a set of articles aimed at helping Minnesota homeowners conserve water, save on energy costs and beautify their homes. They have been published online at and discuss choosing the right plants and landscape design, reducing runoff and choosing the proper method of irrigation.

Bird-X Awarded Highest Rating from Better Business Bureau

Bird-X, Inc. announced that it has received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Since 1964, Bird-X has provided humane, environmentally friendly pest and bird repellent products.

Gill to Keynote WaterSmart Innovations Conference

Dr. Jim Gill will be the keynote luncheon speaker at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference & Exposition, scheduled for October 7-9, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nev. He is the inaugural chairman of Water Australia and past CEO of the Water Corp. of Western Australia. Gill holds degrees from the University of Western Australia, University of Cambridge and Harvard University.

Natural Industries Names SipcamAdvan as Distributor

Natural Industries, Houston, Texas, announced a partnership with SipcamAdvan to distribute Actinovate biological fungicide in select markets in the United States. SipcamAdvan will have exclusive distribution rights for Actinovate in the turfgrass, potato, sugar beet, soybean, peanut, alfalfa, clover, corn, small grain and oilseeds markets.

Traffic to Landscape Curbing Search Site Grows

Following a quiet winter, traffic to Tygar Mfg., LLC’s landscape curbing search Web site ( increased during the spring, recording over 248,000 hits and nearly 50,000 page views this year. The site allows visitors to search their zip code for the closest Tygar Certified Contractor and provides information about curbing and a picture gallery.

Smithsonian archivists look over records from Bobcat.

Bobcat Donates Records to Smithsonian

Bobcat Co. donated 56 cubic feet of records to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The donation includes corporate records relating to American manufacturing and marketing, as well as business development. A selection of the records is scheduled to be on display from November 30 to January 17, 2010. Bobcat was founded in 1947 as Melroe Mfg. Co. in Gwinner, N.D.

SafeLawns Launches “Get Your Grass off Gas” Campaign

The SafeLawns Foundation, in conjunction with Black & Decker, launched the “Get Your Grass off Gas” campaign to educate homeowners about caring for their lawns and yards without using gas-powered equipment. The campaign will include media appearances, public service announcements and Web-based educational information, including downloadable handouts and how-to videos.

News from John Deere

Deere & Co.’s board of directors elected Samuel R. Allen as president, chief operating officer, board member and chief executive officer. A 34-year veteran of John Deere, Allen has been president of the Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division since 2005 and has been responsible for the global operations of the Deere Power Systems Group since 2003. Other senior executive moves include Michael J. Mack Jr. to the position of president of the Construction & Forestry Division; James M. Field to senior vice president and chief financial officer; and Jean Gilles to senior vice president of Deere Power Systems Group, Deere Intelligent Mobile Equipment Technologies and Advanced Technology & Innovation.

John Deere announced two new Russian dealers, affirming its commitment to growing the Russian and Commonwealth of Independent States markets. The dealers, Moscow-based Universal Spetstechnica and Krasnodar-based Agro-Construction Technologies, will cover much of Russia.

The “Power Lift” video went live on John Deere’s Web site. For this event, contractors used different brands of compact track loaders from the same size class to lift a heavy concrete block above a bar positioned four feet in the air—without the tracks coming off the ground.

TenCate Appoints New Master Distributor

TenCate named Lancer Textiles as master distributor for its industrial fabrics division. Lancer’s role will be to service TenCate customers who may not be able to meet the minimum order quantity requirement.

Lebanon Adds Industry Veterans, Supports PLANET Event

Lebanon Seaboard named Ken Bevillard as director of business development for its consumer products division. Previously, he was a vice president for Hydro Industries. With more than 25 years’ experience in the consumer lawn and garden industry, he holds a degree in food marketing from St. Joseph’s University.

Lebanon also named Tom Lokitus as product manager in the consumer products division. He comes to Lebanon from Woodstream Corp. Lokitus graduated from Cleveland State University and received a master’s degree in marketing from Kutztown University.

Mike Sisti, marketing manager for LebanonTurf, participated in the Professional Landcare Network’s Renewal & Remembrance project at Arlington National and Historic Congressional cemeteries. Sisti was accompanied by his two sons, Michael, 6, and Andrew, 3, who joined other children in planting flowers and laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

GreenerGreenGrass Adds EZ-FLO Fertigation Tanks

GreenerGreenGrass now offers 1.3 and 3-gallon EZ-FLO fertigation tanks through its online store at GreenerGreenGrass provides liquid organic lawn care products.

Product Manager Quinn Derby explains the technicalities of Jacobsen’s Eclipse 322.

Jacobsen Hosts Future Turf Managers

Jacobsen hosted 35 students from universities across the United States at the three-day Future Turf Managers program at its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. The students are all in four-year turf-related study programs and were recommended by their professors. Almost 700 students have participated in the program since its inception in the 1970s.

VAST & Reading Rock Sign Distribution Agreement

VAST Enterprises, LLC, Minneapolis, Minn., and Reading Rock, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, announced a distribution agreement. Reading Rock now distributes VAST Composite Landscape Pavers, Permeable Composite Pavers and Composite Deck Pavers in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Telogis Launches GeoZone

Telogis launched GeoZone, a free resource for GeoBase developers. Registered members of GeoZone gain access to the latest releases of the GeoBase Software Development Kit, sample map data, sample code, tutorials and white papers. Additionally, Telogis has assembled a premier list of partners from the Location-Based Services ecosystem to provide additional technical resources and samples of their products. GeoZone is available at