Kevin and Rosemary Murphy of Robinson Equipment were among the dealers attending the Kubota Tractor national sales meeting.

Robinson Reps Attend Kubota Meeting

Representatives from Robinson Equipment, Lakeview, Mich., attended Kubota Tractor Corp.’s 2011 national dealer meeting in San Antonio, Texas, and had the chance to get an exclusive look at the latest Kubota product introductions and innovations across all lines of Kubota tractors, construction equipment, utility vehicles, and lawn and garden equipment. More than 1,000 Kubota dealers from across the country convened to receive a first look at the new product enhancements. Robinson reps also attended field demonstrations and classroom sessions.

EDM to Distribute ZRATOR in New England and New York

After two years of steady growth for ZRATOR, UTECO, Inc. announced that EDM Distributors, Inc., Suffield, Conn., will handle ZRATOR distribution in New England and upstate New York. The company’s long-term business plan has been to market its ZRATOR line of steerable, front-mount core plug aerators for zero-turn mowers through a strong two-step distribution channel.

EDM is the first distributor UTECO has assigned and will play a key role in helping to get the ZRATOR product closer to the dealers and landscapers in its market area. Based in Richmond, Va., UTECO has been a distributor in the southern U.S. since 1941, and began manufacturing the ZRATOR in 2010. Visit for more information.

Signature Expands Manufacturing Capacity

Signature Control Systems, Inc. announced that it acquired all assets related to the manufacture of irrigation products formerly produced by Kurz-Kasch, Inc. at its Miamisburg, Ohio, plant. The acquisition will increase the company’s production capacity in its facility in Peoria, Ill., as well as pave the way for some new product growth avenues.

Pro-Tech Sponsors Season 2 of Project Sno Fighter

Pro-Tech Mfg. & Distribution is sponsoring a second season of its documentary titled “Project Sno Fighter,” which will again highlight the lives and jobs of snow removal contractors, with a focus on how new equipment is integrated into their businesses. Filming is scheduled to take place through March 2012, and the documentary will debut at the 2012 Snow & Ice Management Association Symposium to be held in Buffalo, N.Y. Participants include two Sno Fighters from the first season, Kyle Stevens of Stonewood & Waters Landscape Craftsmen in Rush, N.Y., and Paul Vanderzon of Déneigement Vanderzon in St. Bruno, Que. The two additional participants are Shaun Stever of SMS Maintenance in Hudson, N.Y., and Andrew Eaton of Canadian Grounds, Inc. in Toronto, Ont.

Rain Bird Nozzle Wins New Product Award

Rain Bird’s new High-Efficiency Variable Arc nozzle (HE-VAN) received the Irrigation Association’s 2011 Best New Product of the Year Award in the turf and landscape category. The award was formally announced at the Irrigation Show in San Diego, Calif. This marks the second year in a row that a Rain Bird product has received this honor, with XFS Subsurface Dripline achieving Best New Product of the Year status in 2010.