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.

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.

Kenworth Sales Co. Named Used Truck Dealer of the Year

Kenworth Sales Co., West Valley City, Utah, was named 2008 Kenworth Used Truck Dealer of the Year for the United States and Canada at the annual Kenworth Dealer Meeting held in Columbus, Ohio. Kyle Treadway is president of Kenworth Sales Co., which operates 18 dealerships in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

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.

Bird-X Awarded Highest Rating from Better Business Bureau

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

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.

From left, David Kopp, FMI sales manager, and Scott Lawrence, Terex compact district manager.

Terex Adds FMI as Distributor

Terex has added Fiber Marketing International, Inc. as a new full-line compact equipment dealer in the Pacific Northwest. FMI Sales began as a mulch marketing company founded in 1991 by Earl Dahlin and currently has more than $1 million in compact equipment inventory.

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.

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.

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.