Industry Update


From left, Rick Heenan, national commercial sales manager; David Levy, president; and Michael LoVullo, vice president.
Lucas Kreuscher

DIG Wins IA Award

DIG Corp.’s LEIT-2ET weather-based, solar-powered wireless irrigation system was named by the Irrigation Association as the new product winner for the Turf/Landscape Division at its annual show. The system was chosen by a panel of judges made up of irrigation professionals from around the U.S. The award honors irrigation products that foster new concepts and innovative technologies that improve and conserve future irrigation water usage around the world.

Kreuscher Wins Smooth Operator Contest

Toro announced that Lucas Kreuscher, owner of Greens Keepers Lawn Care in Lake Mills, Iowa, was the winner of its Smooth Operator Video Challenge. His video, which highlighted the ways the Toro GrandStand stand-on mower has helped smooth out his ride and his business, received the highest rating on Lawn during the contest period. Kreuscher will receive a “Smooth Out Your Business” prize package, including a four-night stay at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, four Park Hopper passes and a park tour with Disney’s top landscape and horticulture specialists.

RMT Named E-Z-GO Distributor

E-Z-GO has named RMT Equipment as a distributor for golf courses and facilities in Utah and parts of Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming. RMT will sell, service and support E-Z-GO golf cars and utility vehicles throughout the region.

Tournament winners, from left, Dale Hiebert, Larry Gorman, Erin McManus and Chris Goodwick.

L&L Named Bench Systems Distributor

L&L Nursery Supply has been named a distributor for Bench Systems on the West Coast. L&L will offer all of Bench Systems’ most popular displays and covers California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri and Nevada.

News from John Deere Golf

John Deere’s Quick Adjust cutting units were recognized with a new product award at IOG Scotsturf, a trade exhibition held in Edinburgh, Scotland. IOG is a professional organization for grounds management in the United Kingdom. The QA5 and QA7 units won the award for new and innovative products in the small/medium machinery category.

The John Deere World Championship was held at the La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, Calif., and featured 68 teams from around the globe competing in a scramble format. John Deere Golf distributor Frontier Ag & Turf’s team won the tournament.

Art Evans, Dixie Chopper owner/founder, sits on the first Dixie Chopper mower after it was refurbished and repainted following more than 25 years of use in the field.

Dixie Chopper Celebrates 30th Anniversary with YouTube Video Contest

As a way to kick off 2010 and help celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary, Dixie Chopper is holding a video contest titled “Who Loves Their Dixie Chopper Lawn Mower.” Dixie Chopper owners and/or those who use Dixie Chopper equipment are invited to submit a 60-second (or shorter) video that will be posted on YouTube telling the world “Why I love my Dixie Chopper.”

The contest runs until May 31, 2010, and the winner will receive a Dixie Chopper Magnum mower.

Full contest details are available at

Echo Offers Two-Year Warranty

Echo announced a two-year commercial warranty on its product line. The upgrade includes all engine-driven product categories outside of chain saws, cutoff saws and Quikvent saws.