Richard Arlington

Arlington Named PLANET Trailblazer

The Professional Landcare Network named Richard Arlington as a Trailblazer. Arlington is president of Rich Arlington & Associates and Arlington Lawncare, Inc. in Erie, Pa., as well as consultant and business manager of Affiliated Grounds Maintenance Group, Inc., based in Lake City, Pa. Trailblazers are a select group of individuals nominated by their peers as dedicated professionals who have made significant and long-term contributions to the green industry.

WGIF, WNA, WLCA Sponsor FFA Awards

Three associations sponsored awards presented at the 81st annual Wisconsin FFA Convention. The Wisconsin Green Industry Federation sponsored the State FFA Diversified Horticulture Proficiency Award, presented to Chase Krapfl. The Wisconsin Nursery Association sponsored the Nursery Operations Proficiency Award, which went to Andrew Buss. Donnie Robinson received the State FFA Landscape Management Proficiency Award, which was sponsored by the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association.

Kenneth Hover

Hover Named ACI President

The American Concrete Institute announced Kenneth C. Hover as its new president. Hover assumes the post after the passing of president Richard D. Stehly on September 18, 2010. In accordance with the bylaws of the institute, in the event that a current president is no longer able to continue his term, the senior vice president will complete the term. Hover is a professor of civil and environmental engineering and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University. He has been a member of ACI since 1980 and was elected vice president in the spring of 2009.

WNA Holds Field Day at Northwoods

The Wisconsin Nursery Association held its 39th annual field day and trade show at Northwoods Nursery, Rhinelander, Wis. Scott Johnson, WNA president, presented a plaque to Dan Krueger Jr. and Dan Krueger Sr. for hosting the event, which included a tour of Northwoods’ operations, exhibits, raffle and WNA Scholarship/Research auction. Next year’s event is scheduled for August 11 at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station.

AEM Kicks Off “I Make America” Campaign

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers and Mike Rowe, creator and host of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” joined forces for the launch of “I Make America,” a national grassroots campaign to promote U.S. manufacturing jobs through infrastructure investment and passage of export agreements. The campaign’s website,, highlights the disproportionate job losses in the equipment manufacturing sector and related industries and provides facts on benefits to American prosperity from supporting policies that protect and grow this industry. Additionally, “I Make America” showcases short videos at from employees and small business owners around the country telling real-life stories of how manufacturing impacts the national economy.