Grasshopper Efficiency Contributes to Energy Savings

A school district in Maize, Kan., purchased Grasshopper diesel mowers as part of its energy-saving initiatives. The results of those initiatives were recognized with a 2010 Clean Air and Sustainability Award, presented by Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer during the Regional Energy Summit. Maize USD 266, a district with more than 6,600 students in suburban Wichita, has made significant investments in green technology in the past seven years, including grounds maintenance equipment.

New Holland Construction Sponsoring Extreme Dream 2011 Contest

New Holland Construction is sponsoring the Extreme Dream 2011 contest, and the winning entry will be provided with a free L218 skid steer loader. Simply tell us about your biggest, best and/or most challenging landscape project, and three winners will be selected to receive a trip to the GIE+EXPO trade show in Louisville, Ky., where the grand prize winner will be announced in the New Holland Construction booth. Enter your project today at

News from Stihl

Stihl, Inc. announced that Kris Williams has been promoted to the position of product information manager. He has been with Stihl since 2003, most recently serving as a product information specialist. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in managerial business from Virginia Wesleyan College.

Distributor Bryan Equipment Sales, Inc. celebrated a milestone in its history as its 5 millionth unit, a BG 55 hand-held blower, was sold to Stihl dealer Bair’s, Inc. The dealership will receive a BR 600 Stihl Magnum backpack blower signed by Fred Whyte, president of Stihl, and Rick Bryan IV, president of Bryan Equipment.

CNH Parts & Service hosted the 2011 Trade Fair in Tennessee.

CNH Hosts Trade Fair

CNH Parts & Service held its 2011 Trade Fair at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. The event brought together nearly 2,500 agricultural and construction equipment dealers from across the U.S. and Canada. The event gave dealers and their employees a chance to see the latest products from CNH Parts & Service, and to meet with the sales, marketing, training, engineering and supplier teams who support the dealerships that represent the CNH family of brands: New Holland Agriculture, New Holland Construction, Kobelco, Case IH and Case Construction.

Rick Thomas, left, and Nathan Antons.

SourceOne Names Dealer of the Year

Nathan Antons, national sales manager for SourceOne OPE, presented Virginia Outdoor Power Equipment Co., Fairfax, Va., with the Dealer of the Year award. Rick Thomas, general manager, accepted the award.

Rain Bird Announces New Partnership

Rain Bird announced that it has partnered with The Greenwater Foundation in support of its Groundwater Guardian Green Site program, an initiative that encourages the sustained use of groundwater-friendly practices and recognizes green space managers for their groundwater stewardship. As a program partner, Rain Bird will work with the foundation to raise awareness of the importance of groundwater protection and help green space managers identify and implement groundwater-friendly practices.