Racing Season Starts Strong for Propane

The 2012 NMRA/NMCA Drag Racing season started out strong for propane as Don Bowles won the first race, running his Roush Propane Mustang in Bradenton, Fla. His 2005 Roush Stage 3 Mustang was converted to run on liquid propane. This car, along with a 2010 Roush Stage 3 driven by teammate Susan Roush-McClenaghan and sponsored by AmeriGas/Metro Lawn, is an offshoot of the kits that Roush Performance uses to convert gasoline-powered Ford pickups and vans to run on clean-burning propane. Launches New Web Store has launched an online ordering site serving professional turf managers with top-quality products. The cyberstore offers a full range of the gear, tools, clothing and footwear, accessories, cleaning supplies, irrigation, pest control, soil testing and safety equipment used daily by turf managers. A division of Progressive Grower, Inc. of Wareham, Mass., offers a direct purchasing solution on turf management supplies.

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Becker Underwood Welcomes New Communications Manager

Charles Whitt has joined Becker Underwood as communications manager for the company’s U.S. and Mexico-based operations. He comes to Becker Underwood from Bunting Magnetics Co., where he was vice president of marketing and communications for the past four years. Whitt holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Missouri and an MBA from the University of Rochester.

Fontaine Joins LandOpt Network

Fontaine Landscaping has joined the LandOpt Contractor Network, becoming the third Powered by LandOpt Contractor in the state of North Carolina. Owners Kevin and Dana Fontaine founded the Cary-based company in 1996. Fontaine provides both residential and commercial service, including private homes, multifamily units and . sites.

Pro Products Holding Summer Photo Contest

Pro Products, the makers of Rid O’ Rust Exterior Rust Stain Remover, is holding a summer photo contest. “Show Us Your Rust” is running now through September 2012. All photo submissions will receive a voucher for a free gallon of liquid rust stain remover and one grand-prize winner will be awarded an Apple iPad2! The contest is open to contractors and property owners, and all types of rust photos are welcome. If there is a stain that has already been remedied using Rid O’ Rust, before and after pictures are welcome as well. To enter, visit

U.S. Lawns Adds Four Franchisees

U.S. Lawns announced the addition of four new franchisees to its network of more than 250 landscape management franchises nationwide. Franchisees attend six days of training at the U.S. Lawns home office in Orlando, Fla. The new franchisees are Darrick Stirling, Kansas City, Mo.; Jason Thompson, Waterloo, Iowa; Bruce Maloomian, Dover, Del.; and Rick Collins, Akron, Ohio.