News from around the Green industry

Susan Vance

Target Hires Vance, Holds Charity Tournament

Target Specialty Products has hired Susan Vance as its new director of marketing communications. Before joining Target, Vance was a principal in an advertising and marketing agency, a marketing and merchandising specialist for Epson America, Inc. and an account executive for Chapman Warwick Advertising & Public Relations. She is a graduate of San Diego State, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in applied arts and sciences.

Target’s 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament raised over $57,000 for the American Cancer Society. The event was held at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club and 144 golfers participated. The tournament’s Malcolm Stack Award went to Bryan Houtchens, Chad Powell and Steve Sellers of Team Too.  Named in honor of the late Malcolm Stack, president and founder of Bell Laboratories, Inc., the award goes to the foursome with the low gross. Houtchens, Powell and Sellers donated their winnings back to the American Cancer Society.

Target’s Charity Golf Tournament has raised over $345,000 for the American Cancer Society since it began in 2000. Platinum sponsors for this year’s event included Bell Laboratories, Paragon and Syngenta.

GIE+EXPO Offers Benefits to All Participants

After a successful inaugural year, the Green Industry & Equipment Expo returns to the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., October 23-25, 2008. The event is sponsored by the Professional Landcare Network, the Professional Grounds Management Society and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute.

Items on display will include lawn and garden products, outdoor leisure products, rental lines, outdoor power equipment and related products for consumer, commercial and rental use. The event will feature 650 exhibitors showcasing their latest innovations in one 425,700-square-foot exhibit hall; 19-acre outdoor demonstration area; The Dealer Experience—A Guide to Profitability; PLANET’s Green Industry Conference and PGMS’s School of Grounds Management; two free concerts; networking events; and giveaways.

ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability Hosts Water Summit

Rain Bird partnered with Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability to discuss sustainability and global water scarcity issues at the Intelligent Use of Water Summit IX. Held at ASU in Tempe, Ariz., the symposium provided insight and perspective on the future of global water management programs, policies, initiatives, trends and strategies. Panelists included Doug Bennett, Charles L. Redman, Patricia Gober and Richard G. Little.

Toro Irrigation Chosen to Participate in SNWA Study

The Southern Nevada Water Authority has chosen Toro Irrigation to develop and provide a user-friendly device designed to automatically keep residential irrigation watering schedules in compliance with SNWA’s Watering Group Program. Called the “Watering Group Assistant,” the device can be connected to a homeowner’s existing controller.

SNWA selected five different vendors to provide prototypes and plans to install all units. A study to validate the performance of the units will be conducted after a one-year test period, after which time homeowners will be surveyed and SNWA will pick the winning design(s) for future use. Evaluation will be based on overall performance, ease of installation and aesthetics.

Bruce Curtis

DriWater Names Curtis Director of Marketing

DriWater, Inc., Santa Rosa, Calif., appointed Bruce Curtis to the position of marketing director. Previously, Curtis worked for Toellner Systems, Inc. He began his career in the marketing research industry and has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Rain Bird Announces Award Finalists

Rain Bird named the finalists for its 2008 Intelligent Use of Water Award, which recognizes persons or organizations whose innovation, leadership, ingenuity and overall commitment to improved landscape water efficiency has raised the standard for outdoor water conservation. The finalists are Christopher S. Gray Sr., Benton, Ky.; David Salman, Santa Fe, N.M.; Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association, Atlanta, Ga.; the Council on the Environment of NYC, New York, N.Y.; and Glendale Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, Glendale, Ariz.

The recipient will be announced October 11, 2008, at the Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition. The winner will be chosen by a panel of experts that includes Elizabeth Cutright, editor, Water Efficiency magazine; Dan Stark, executive director, American Public Gardens Association; Ron Stoltz, director, University of Arizona School of Landscape Architecture; and Marty Eberhardt, executive director, The Water Conservation Garden, and winner of the 2007 award.

Mi-T-M Unveils New Corporate Identity

Mi-T-M Corp., a manufacturer of pressure washers, generators, air compressors and other industrial equipment, unveiled a new corporate identity. The “M” in the new logo graphically represents a foundation of integrity, dedication, quality and excellence. The secondary graphic element is the colored stripes that have traditionally bordered the “M” and decorated Mi-T-M equipment. The three stripes will remain standard on all Mi-T-M equipment. The new corporate identity will be implemented through a transitional process.

New Bird Control Product Catalog from Bird-B-Gone

Bird-B-Gone, Inc. announced a new catalog, which features a complete line of bird deterrents. The full-color, 45-page catalog includes new products such as Bat Net and new hardware. A free copy may be obtained by calling 800-392-6915, e-mailing [email protected] or visiting

Navman Enters Strategic Partnership with Donlen

Navman Wireless North America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Navman Wireless Holdings, has entered a strategic partnership with Donlen Corp. Donlen, through its subsidiary d/b/a Donlen Telematics, will now provide its customer base with Navman Wireless’ GPS fleet management solutions.