Eric Regelin, left, 2012 ABC chairman and president of Granix, LLC, and Debra A. Schoonmaker, president and CEO of ABC of Metro Washington, accept the Eagle Award on Ruppert’s behalf.

Back row, from left, Craig Ruppert, Dan Trocher, Joseph Beretz III, Patrick Cunningham, Jon O’Keefe, Jesse Huff, Kevin Kelly and Steve Faber. Front row, from left, Chris Girardi, Christy Schinella, Shane Carmadella, Kurt Myers, April Rose, Justin Gibson, Will Saxby and Donna Nichols.

News from Ruppert Landscape

Associated Builders & Contractors announced that Ruppert Landscape’s work on the Barbara Truland Butz Healing Garden at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital project in Rockville, Md., has earned the company an Eagle Award in the site work/landscape-all contract amounts category of ABC’s Excellence in Construction Awards. Ruppert created a healing garden on the hospital roof.

Fifteen Ruppert employees were honored as the company presented its annual awards. Shane Carmadella received the Achievement Award and Steve Faber received the Clyde Vadner Merit Award. Impact Awards went to Christy Schinella, Kevin Kelly, Donna Nichols, Joseph Beretz III, Dan Trocher, Will Saxby, Kurt Myers, Jon O’Keefe, Patrick Cunningham, Jesse Huff, Chris Girardi, April Rose and Justin Gibson.

IA Kicks Off Smart Irrigation Month Campaign

The Irrigation Association announced preparations for Smart Irrigation Month, an initiative dedicated to increasing public awareness of the value of water-use efficiency and water-saving products, practices and services. It takes place in July, traditionally the month of peak demand in North America. Following the campaign, participants are invited to submit their marketing materials by August 31, 2012, and participate in the Smart Marketing Contest. The contest recognizes winners in both agriculture and turf/landscape categories. Learn more at

PrimeraTurf Joins IAP

PrimeraTurf announced it has been accepted as a member owner of Independent Agribusiness Professionals. The addition to IAP allows PrimeraTurf to extend turf and ornamental touch and opportunity to the IAP community. Each organization effectively manages a breadth of common supplier relationships that can benefit the other. There is also a great deal of overlap in supplier participation, key products and active ingredients, regulatory and logistical requirements, and industry best practices across agricultural and turf and ornamental distribution.