Industry Update


Fockele Co-Owners Receive Green Roof Certification

Mark Fockele and Julie Evans, co-owners of the Fockele Garden Co., have earned the Green Roof Professional Certification from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Fockele and Evans are certified to coordinate the different areas of a green roof project, which includes bringing together engineers, roof contractors and design professionals. GRHC is a national organization that is working to increase awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roof infrastructure.

Converted Organics Partners with ITC

Converted Organics, Inc. is working with its commercial landscaping customer Integrated Turf Care LLC to help make BankAtlantic the first banking system in south Florida to implement an organic-only grounds maintenance program on the property of 31 of its 100 branch locations. ITC began using Converted Organics organic fertilizers to develop environmentally friendly options for its customers, and plans to use 8-1-4 Lawn & Turf fertilizer on the lawns of BankAtlantic.

Brian Wingerd of the GCSAA speaks to the students.

Future Turf Managers Event

Jacobsen held its Future Turf Managers program at its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., hosting 29 students from universities across the U.S. Speakers included Jeff Kent, superintendent at Quail Hollow Club; John Patterson, president of the International Golf Course Equipment Managers’ Association; Brian Wingerd, a Golf Course Superintendents Association of America business development manager; Dr. Charles Peacock, professor of turfgrass science at North Carolina State University; and Chad Price, an executive member of the Sports Turf Managers Association.

News from Excel Industries

Excel Industries, Inc. has named Buddy Hooper as national distribution manager of its Hustler Turf Golf Division. He began his employment with Hustler Turf in 2007 as the southeast territory manager. Hooper holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of South Carolina.

BigDog Mowers has updated its Web site at to include a new dealer locator. Now users can find the nearest BigDog dealer, complete with dealer name, address, phone number and map location.

GreenerGreenGrass Launches Affiliate Program

GreenerGreenGrass launched a new affiliate program for Web site managers. Through one of two participating affiliate network programs, clixGalore and the company’s internal affiliate system, Webmasters can become a GreenerGreenGrass marketing affiliate and earn commissions. The program offers a tiered commission structure based on the amount of monthly sales generated through affiliate sites.

Michael Greene Peter Kim

Kioti Announces New Dealerships, Promotions

Kioti Tractor appointed seven new dealerships in the U.S. and three in eastern Canada. They are Haltom Equipment, Inc., Mooresville, Ind.; Hollinger’s Sport & Turf, Ephrata, Pa.; Lamb & Webster, Inc., Grove City, Pa.; Miller Tractor & Equipment, Inc., Anderson, Calif.; Pardo’s Truck Service Parts, Sewell, N.J.; Pete’s Equipment Sales & Service, Morrisville, Vt.; Rusty Palmer, Inc., Honesdale, Pa.; Country Corners Rent All, Inc., Exeter, Ont.; Machinerie Benoit & Frère, Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil, Que.; and Québec Tracteurs, Saint-Romuald, Que.

Kioti promoted Michael Greene to the position of vice president and chief operating officer. Most recently, he served as the director of planning and coordination, and he has been with the company since 2004.

Kioti also promoted Peter Kim to the position of vice president and chief procurement officer. He most recently served as the business procurement manager and administrative manager and has been with the company since 2006.

StoneMakers Welcomes New Dealers

A number of new dealers joined the StoneMakers Corp. team during June trainings. They include Mose Mullet, Hiland Masonry, Millersburg, Ohio; Ann Adams, Flawless Landscaping & Tree Services, LLC, Columbus, Ohio; Jean Henry, Lawrence & Associates and Lawrence Concrete, Louisville, Ky.; Harold Lunnie, Harold’s Concrete Construction, Concord, Vt.; Mike Pecquet, Green Machine Landscaping, Reading, Ohio; John Drake, Murray’s Groundskeeping, Inc., Topsham, Maine; Joe Boyer, Boyer Landscaping & Snow Removal, Anaconda, Mont.; Tim Schroeder, Schroeder Masonry, Leipsic, Ohio; Carl Fox, Fox Masonry, Inc., Newmanstown, Pa.; Ben Holmes, Rye Beach Landscaping, LLC, Rye Beach, N.H.; Peter Castillo, Castillo Scapes, Southold, N.Y.; Mike Frank, Chevalier Outdoor Living, Springville, N.Y.; Bob Jones, Boulevard Homes, Cincinnati, Ohio; and Paul Pomilla, Homestyle Landscaping & Design, Inc., Mount Sinai, N.Y.

King Granted Trademark

King Innovation has been granted the black color trademark for all underground irrigation and landscape lighting waterproof connectors. DryConn original Black Series connectors are UL 486D listed and prefilled with dielectric silicone sealant to tightly seal splices exposed to condensation, water vapors or dust.

Rapid Helps with Oil Spill Cleanup

Rapid Equipment Distribution, Inc., based in Chicago, Ill., helped clean up tar balls from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on beaches in Pensacola, Fla. The company used the Gravely Rapid two-wheel tractor with a sand cleaner attachment that thoroughly cleans sand of all types, removing tar balls as well as everyday debris.