Industry Update


News from around the Green industry

SavATree Merges with Shearer/Penn

SavATree continued its expansion in the central/southern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania area by merging with New Jersey-based Shearer/Penn. Shearer/Penn has been providing tree and lawn care since 1932.

Foley Promotes Sales Personnel

New Jersey-based Foley, Inc. has promoted Tom Domotorffy to product support sales manager, Brian Vigilante to product support sales representative and Danielle Savage to electric power sales representative, all in the power systems division.

Domotorffy will be responsible for planning, managing and growing the power systems parts and service sales business. He joined Foley in 2005 as a product support sales representative.

Vigilante joined Foley in 2006 as an inside product support sales representative. In his new role, he will be responsible for the sale of the division’s parts and service offering across the marine, industrial and electric power generation markets to both existing and new customers.

Savage has worked for Foley since 2005 as an on-highway engine account manager. She will be responsible for raising customer awareness with consulting engineers and direct sales to electrical contractors and end users for generator sets.

Mike Maffei, with NYSTA, accepts a donation from Rick Grant, with Phoenix.

Phoenix Donates to NYSTA, Names Sales Manager

Phoenix Environmental Care LLC made a $10,000 donation to the New York State Turfgrass Association for turfgrass research. The check was presented at the New York State Turfgrass Southeastern Conference.

Michael J. Donahue has been named Northeast area sales manager for Phoenix. Donahue will cover the New England specialty turf and ornamental markets from Maine to Virginia. He was formerly Connecticut territory manager for TurfLinks, Inc. and has also been a golf course sales associate for R.F. Morse Turf & Ornamental and Lesco, Inc.

Rain Bird Calls for Award Nominations

Rain Bird Corp. is seeking nominations for the 2008 Intelligent Use of Water Award, which recognizes people or organizations whose innovation, leadership, ingenuity and commitment to improved landscape water efficiency has raised the standard for outdoor water conservation. The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2008, and they can be submitted at

The award recipient will receive $10,000 and be featured in a short film highlighting their contributions. An independent panel of experts will select the finalists and winner. Returning as judges for the second annual award are Elizabeth Cutright, Dan Stark and Ron Stoltz. In addition, Marty Eberhardt, executive director of The Water Conservation Garden, the 2007 winner, will join this year’s panel.

Dover Acquires Neptune

Dover Corp. has acquired Neptune Chemical Pump Co., which is now part of Dover’s newly formed Pump Solutions Group (PSG) within the fluid management segment. The PSG also includes Wilden, Blackmer, Almatec, Mouvex and Griswold.

Neptune, based in Lansdale, Pa., manufactures chemical metering pumps, chemical feed systems and peripheral products.

Thomas Appoints New Regional Business Manager

Thomas Equipment, Inc. named Arun Bhatnagar as regional business manager for western Canada. Bhatnagar has extensive management experience in construction equipment and related industries in North America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Previously, Bhatnagar was business development manager of PHE Contractors Ltd., and before that was a consultant for Cummins Eastern Canada LP. Bhatnagar earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in India and received equivalency certification from the University of Toronto.

Adrian Mezenberg

Agrium Selects New Manager

Agrium Advanced Technologies appointed Adrian Mezenberg as customer service manager at its Brantford, Ont., Canada, office. He will manage customer service, logistics and transportation. Mezenberg comes to Agrium after working for Axela, Inc. and Bayer Healthcare Diagnostics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from McMaster University.

Green Industry Expo Workshops Schedule Announced

The Green Industry Expo Workshops will return for the second annual GIE+EXPO (Green Industry & Equipment Expo), to be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., October 23-25.

The GIE Workshops provide an introduction to PLANET’s four-day Green Industry Conference education program. The preview sessions are open to all GIE+EXPO attendees. Preregistration is required; visit or call 800-558-8767 for a registration brochure. The workshops will include Pricing and Profitability with Kevin Kehoe; Building Leadership Through Personal Power with Chuck Zamora; and Make Friends, Make Sales, The Art of Relationship Selling with Marty Grunder.

Hannay Celebrates 75th Anniversary

In 2008, reel manufacturer Hannay Reels celebrates its 75th anniversary. Since 1933, the Hannay family has owned and operated its manufacturing facility, overseeing expansion and product developments.

From founder Clifford Hannay’s first manual-crank reel, the company has grown steadily. The Hannay production team generated about 3,600 reels a year from a new manufacturing facility in 1952. Today, over 70,000 reels are shipped worldwide from a headquarters that was recently expanded by 44,000 square feet to accommodate larger fabrication, assembly and shipping departments.

Kubota Encourages Tractor Safety

Kubota Tractor Corp. is tapping into the National Safety Council’s annual celebration of National Safety Month in June to bring added attention to tractor and equipment safety. This year marks the 12th anniversary of National Safety Month, which has the theme of “Make A Difference.”

Kubota’s call to action is advising families and businesses to take time this month to review safety information for tractors, mowers and utility vehicles. This is also a good time to make sure older tractors and equipment have a Rollover Protection Structure (ROPS) and seat belt.

Additional safety information, including the “Ten Commandments of Tractor Safety” and a tractor safety coloring book, can be found at the Kubota Web site, Owners of older Kubota tractors can also use a ROPS and seat belt installation function on the site’s safety pages.

Lee Named CEO of Sipcam & Advan

Andy D. Lee was appointed as chief executive officer of agrochemical companies Sipcam Agro USA, Inc. and Advan, LLC. Lee has extensive experience within the agrochemical industry, having held senior leadership roles with BASF Corp. and other chemical companies in the United States and Europe. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in applied biology from Hertfordshire University in the United Kingdom.

Lee’s appointment allows Giovanni Affaba to return to his position as a member of Sipcam’s board. Affaba was acting CEO of the company. Tim Damico served as acting CEO of Advan and will return to his position as chief operating officer.

Parent Companies of Echo and Shindaiwa Announce Joint Holding Company

Kioritz Corp., parent company of Echo, Inc., and Shindaiwa Corp., parent company of Shindaiwa, Inc., have announced plans to form a joint holding company that will own and operate the two companies.

The two companies entered into a business and shareholder alliance in 2007 to investigate mutual means of addressing an increasingly competitive global environment through product and operational synergies. The companies have begun selective trading of existing products and cooperation on operational matters including purchasing, production, computer systems and logistics.  

Kenworth Names 2008 Parts Council Members

Kenworth Truck Co. has named its 2008 Kenworth Parts Council members. The council consists of parts managers from Kenworth dealerships in the United States and Canada, and its goal is to enhance the quality and value of service to customers. Members are Chairman Mike McKay, Mike Carwile, Jo Frost, Keith King, Dale McCord, Mike Oswald, Vic Stiller, Dan Villeneuve and Kenworth Dealer Council Representative Ron Whiteford.

Jacobsen Genuine Parts Information Available Online

Jacobsen has dedicated a new section of its Web site ( to providing customers with information on selecting and ordering Jacobsen Genuine Parts for its mowers and turf equipment.

The new online resource features a list of the Top 10 Reasons to Buy Jacobsen Genuine Parts. This list alerts customers to the benefits of purchasing parts exclusively from Jacobsen and qualified dealers. Jacobsen Genuine Parts also has the Never-Out Parts program, an initiative guaranteeing that the 1,000 most commonly requested maintenance items are constantly in stock.

P-Txt:Schiller-Pfeiffer, Inc. will sponsor Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Marc Davis in 15 NASCAR Camping World Series races in 2008. The Southampton, Pa.-based company will rotate its Little Wonder, Mantis and affiliated BOB-CAT brands on Davis’ No. 18 Toyota Camry.

Koonts Joins Scotts

The Scotts Co. North America Professional Business Group has added Lisa Koonts as its marketing services specialist. She will supervise budgets, manage agency relationships and oversee all creative development and packaging requests.

Koonts has been with Scotts for 14 years, the first seven of which were spent with the North America Professional Business Group. In the seven years since then, she has worked with the Consumer Marketing Services Group. Koonts holds an associate degree in graphic communications from Terra Technical College.

John Deere Launches Web Site for Skid Steer Users

John Deere Construction & Forestry has launched, the first part of an integrated campaign for skid steer users that involves head-to-head contests between Deere and competitor machines. The interactive site features the competitions captured on video, a discussion forum, buying information and more.

Horizon Partners with LIS

Horizon has partnered with Landscape Injection Systems to be the exclusive distributor of LIS Fertiboost fertilizer injectors in the 10 states Horizon serves. Horizon acts as the single point of contact for contractors in the installation and servicing of the injectors. LIS supplies fertilizer injection systems to a variety of users in a wide spectrum of applications.

Solo Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Solo Kleinmotoren GmbH is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year as an engine and outdoor power equipment manufacturer. Founded by brothers Hans and Heinz Emmerich, Solo continues as a family business based in Sindelfingen, Germany. The company markets its products in more than 85 countries and has major production facilities in Sindelfingen and in Newport News, Va., which is also the headquarters of Solo, Inc.

Environmentally Friendly Stadium Features Permaloc GeoEdge

Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., which opened this spring, may be the country’s first stadium to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification for environmentally friendly design. Permaloc Corp., manufacturer of GeoEdge, was responsible for providing the edge restraint for the 6,300-square-foot green roof above the stadium’s concessions areas. The GeoEdge restraint will retain the special soil used on the green roof, as well as allow drainage for stormwater runoff.

Saf-T-Side Achieves OMRI Listing

Brandt Specialty Formulations announced that its Saf-T-Side has achieved OMRI listing. Saf-T-Side is a pre-emulsified smothering oil labeled for a broad range of crops and ornamentals. The manufacturing process breaks down the oil, reducing droplet size to about 50 microns to ensure thin, even coverage. This enables the product to be more effective in insect and disease control and is safer for the plant.

New Name for Junior Academy

The International Junior Golf Academy has adopted a new name, Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy, to reflect the increased involvement of its director of instruction. Additionally, the academy will open a second campus at Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grande, Calif., to facilitate regional and international growth and to complement the existing campus on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Golf teacher Hank Haney will provide hands-on instruction for students at both campuses.

Navman Hires Sales & Marketing Director

Navman Wireless North America hired Gregg Steliga as director of sales and marketing. Operating from the company’s Chicago, Ill.-based headquarters, Steliga will lead the sales management team, administer reseller and dealer initiatives, direct marketing objectives and drive channel development. Prior to joining Navman, Steliga held a variety of senior sales and marketing positions with TransWorld Exhibits, InVision Enterprises and WallTalkers.