Hayward to Distribute ZRATOR

After two years of steady growth for ZRATOR, UTECO, Inc. announced that Hayward Distributing Co., Columbus, Ohio, will handle ZRATOR distribution in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, western Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and West Virginia. Hayward distributes goods and services to thousands of retailers in the Midwest and across the country. UTECO has been a distributor in the southern U.S. since 1941, and began manufacturing the ZRATOR in 2010.

Scott Distasio

Ruppert Promotes Distasio

Ruppert Landscape announced the promotion of Scott Distasio to the position of branch manager in its Baltimore, Md., landscape branch. Distasio has over 15 years of industry experience and has been with the company for five years, serving in the roles of area manager and enhancement manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape development from SUNY Cobleskill.

New England Grows Draws Thousands

New England Grows 2012 drew 12,877 green industry professionals to Boston. It featured an exposition filled with nearly 600 industry suppliers, including 63 new exhibiting firms. Ongoing educational presentations took place at the Great Ideas Pavilion and the new Expo Classroom. New England Grows supports the green industry through annual grants to the region’s cooperative extension systems; this year it awarded $25,000.

ValleyCrest Earns Second Consecutive Top 125 Award

For the second consecutive year, ValleyCrest Landscape Companies earned recognition as one of Training magazine’s 2012 Top 125 training companies. In its second year entering the recognition program, ValleyCrest earned a ranking of No. 114 and is the only landscape services firm named on the list.