Lawn & Landscape Lawn & Landscape RSS (c)2020, Lawn & Landscape. All rights reserved Event organizers release Cultivate'20 Virtual schedule The fully online event that replaces the in-person show debuts on Monday, July 13 at 10 a.m. EST. Fri, 29 May 2020 14:06:00 GMT <![CDATA[<p>COLUMBUS &#8211; AmericanHort, the host of Cultivate, has released its schedule for Cultivate&#8217;20 Virtual, the fully online event that will replace this year's scheduled in-person trade show. </p><p>The event debuts on Monday, July 13 at 10 a.m. EST. Cultivate&#8217;20 Virtual scheduled activities will occur for four days, ending on Thursday, July 16. The virtual event platform and content will continue to be available to registered AmericanHort members until September 1. </p><p>&#8220;Moving Cultivate to a virtual event allows the green industry to continue to conduct commerce, train and develop employees, network with business peers, and move forward to ensure our industry comes out of this challenging time as strong as ever,&#8221; said Ken Fisher, president and CEO of AmericanHort.</p><p>Each day will start with an open exhibit hall of 3D virtual booths, main stage programming, and will provide daily opportunities for networking and industry discussions and on demand and live educations sessions. The day will close with virtual social gatherings.</p><p>The main stage programming will occur each day at 11:30 a.m. EST, as follows:</p><ul type="disc"><li data-list="0" data-level="1">State of the Industry Presentation &#8211; Monday, July 13</li><li data-list="0" data-level="1">Town Hall: Management Lessons from a Pandemic:&nbsp; What I Learned About Management, Leadership, and Myself &#8211; Tuesday, July 14</li><li data-list="0" data-level="1">Women in Horticulture: Strategic Networking and Mentorship; Accessing and Building Power through Relationships &#8211; Wednesday, July 15</li><li data-list="0" data-level="1">Town Hall: What Lies Ahead:&nbsp; Charting an Industry Path Forward &#8211; Thursday, July 16</li></ul><p><a data-name="Click here" data-type="url" target="_blank">Click here</a> for more details on the daily main stage programs.</p><p>&#8220;We&#8217;ve arranged a schedule that allows for daily gatherings of all attendees together, time for exhibitors to meet their customers, concurrent education sessions to share best practices, and opportunities for individual and small group networking,&#8221; Fisher said. </p><p>For more schedule details, visit the <a target="_blank">Cultivate'20 Virtual website</a>.</p>]]> Aspire launches new version, introduces new logo On May 28, the company rolled out its new logo and the latest update to its software. Fri, 29 May 2020 13:47:00 GMT <![CDATA[<p>Aspire deployed a new version of its software on May 28. Major updates in Aspire v5.6 include estimating, scheduling and invoicing enhancements to further expand the functionality of the Master Schedule of Values, streamline scheduling and optimize the invoicing process.</p><p>Complete details of all improvements will be provided to Aspire customers in the release notes.</p><p>In a recent update, Aspire introduced the concept of Master Schedule of Values for Fixed Price, Open Billing Work Orders, providing users with a centralized schedule of values sheet for each project. With this release, the company improved upon this. Users can now create a negative line item directly inside the Master Schedule of Values (SOV) when they create/win a change order that has a negative value.</p><p>Once the Master SOV is ready for invoicing, users will navigate to the Invoicing Assistant and proceed as normal. The negative Master SOV line item will appear along with the positive items.</p><p><strong>Work Orders and T&amp;M per Service Invoices</strong><strong></strong></p><p>Now users can add a new invoice type to their Fixed Price, Open Billing (FPOB) opportunities on a service. By clicking into the service on the estimate (base estimate or change order), the user can select a new invoice type of &#8220;T&amp;M per service&#8221;. The service will operate like any other T&amp;M service but now fits into the FPOB workflow. Once a T&amp;M service is complete, it will appear inside the Invoicing Assistant as ready to invoice for the opportunity. Users can invoice these services alongside the Master Schedule of Value line times from the original work order.</p><p><strong>Schedule an Event: Opportunity Tag Now Available</strong><strong></strong></p><p>Opportunity tags can help sort and organize in Aspire. This data field is now exposed in the &#8220;Schedule an Event&#8221; grid to help increase accuracy and efficiency when creating a schedule in bulk using this feature.</p><p><strong>Auto-Expenses: Additional Invoice Types</strong><strong></strong></p><p>Last year, Aspire rolled out a new Auto-Expenses functionality that allows users to create material and hours for their subs that changes based on the agreed-upon price. The new release has expanded this functionality to pull in more invoice types.</p><p><strong>Multi-Visit Services Hours and Material Quantities</strong><strong></strong></p><p>For multi-visit services, users can now set default values for both the hours and material quantities that appear in the Visit Detail screen as well as the Crew Mobile app. This improvement will eliminate the need to remember specific amounts and reduce time spent on data entry for services that require large material counts upfront for use in smaller quantities over the service's lifecycle.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Attach Proposal to Emailed Invoices</strong><strong></strong></p><p>Users can now choose to attach proposals to the same email when sending invoices. The system will use the correct layout, even if multiple exist, or will allow the user to select one if it was never set.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The company also recently released a new logo. The logo is the first of many updates the company is making. </p><p>Soon, customers will see other updates the company is making to the Aspire brand, from company marketing materials and support documents to the website. Aspire&#8217;s product team is currently designing a new Aspire user interface that will improve user experience while maintaining functionality.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>]]> Chapel Valley founder passes away J. Landon Reeve IV started the company in 1968. Fri, 29 May 2020 13:06:00 GMT <![CDATA[<p>According to Chapel Valley&#8217;s Facebook page, company founder J. Landon Reeve IV died Monday, May 25. Reeve was a Lawn &amp; Landscape Leadership Award recipient in 2000. <a href="" target="_blank">He retired from Chapel Valley</a>, which ranked 50 on this year's Lawn &amp; Landscape&#8217;s Top 100 list, in 2015. <br></p><p>Below is the post from the Facebook page:</p><p><em>&#8220;It is with great sadness that we share that our founder, J. Landon Reeve IV, passed away this past Monday, May 25th. After extensive studies in ornamental horticulture, Landon graduated from the University of Maryland in 1963. Alongside his wife, Janet Wheeler Reeve, Landon founded Chapel Valley Landscape Company in 1968. At its start, Landon and Janet were the only two employees and built a company that now employs over 450 team members and operates out of 7 locations in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. During an interview in 2002, about his early goals for the company, Landon stated, &#8220;One of my primary goals in life is to develop a company with a good reputation that could continue beyond myself.&#8221;</em></p><em></em><p><em>&#8220;Landon&#8217;s passion around the landscape industry never waned as his desire was to not only to build Chapel Valley but also to help and inspire others who were starting careers. He served as president for the LCA, ALCA (now NALP), and the Maryland Nurseryman&#8217;s Association during his career and helped all 3 organizations with outreach, training, and legislative affairs. Even in retirement, Landon stayed active with the American Horticultural Society and Friends of the National Arboretum</em></p><em></em><p><em>&#8220;Landon was a pioneer in the landscape industry will be sorely missed by his family, his Chapel Valley family, and all of those who he interacted throughout his life. Due to current events, a memorial will be scheduled for the spring of 2021. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Horticulture Society or the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation in Landon&#8217;s name.&#8221;</em></p>]]> Takeuchi reports management, board changes The changes were approved during the annual shareholder meeting on May 28. Thu, 28 May 2020 20:00:00 GMT <![CDATA[<p><strong>ATLANTA, GA &#8211; </strong>The Board of Directors of Takeuchi Mfg., Ltd. has made several changes to the worldwide management structure of Takeuchi and membership of its Board of Directors, approved during the annual shareholder meeting held May 28, 2020.</p><p>Clay Eubanks, current president of Takeuchi US, will be relocating to the company&#8217;s headquarters offices in Japan to assume the role of director of global sales and will have responsibility for overseeing global machine and parts sales. In addition, Eubanks has also been appointed vice chairman of the Board of Takeuchi US.&nbsp; <br></p><p>Jeff Stewart has been named as the next president of Takeuchi US with the departure of Eubanks. Stewart is currently vice president of operations at Takeuchi US and has served in numerous roles in his career with the company, from regional business manager to product support manager. <br></p><p>&#8220;I am excited for what lies ahead for Takeuchi,&#8221; said Eubanks in a letter to U.S. dealers. &#8220;There are many good things happening at Takeuchi, and I know all of our staff here in the U.S. and around the world are committed to taking the company to the next level over the coming months. I look forward&nbsp;to seeing Jeff implement his vision for Takeuchi US.&#8221;</p><p>Takeuchi also announced Hiroshi Yokoyama will become a member of the global Board of Directors. He currently serves as an executive officer and as general manager of the company&#8217;s research and development department. The addition of Yokoyama brings experience of machinery and the product development cycle to the board to assist in strategic decision making at the top levels of the company.</p><p>Takeuchi also announced plans to establish a European parts center in the Netherlands. In conjunction with the new parts center, a European Support office will be established in Germany to support parts customers throughout Europe. There are plans to expand the technical support roles of this office in the future. Both facilities should be operational early in 2021. <br></p><p>Learn more about Takeuchi operations in the United States by visiting <a ></a>. </p><figure class="right"><img src="" alt width="200"><br><figcaption><br>Jeff Stewart</figcaption></figure><figure class="left"><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt width="200"><figcaption><br>Clay Eubanks</figcaption></figure><figure class="full"><figure class="full"><figure class="left"><span style="font-family:'Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif;font-size:12px;"></span></figure><figcaption></figcaption></figure></figure>]]> Coxreels debuts new shipping program Coxreels Ship Ready will ship all confirmed orders the next business day or earlier. Wed, 27 May 2020 20:35:00 GMT <![CDATA[<p>Coxreels, a provider of hose, cord and cable reels, recently launched its new shipping program &#8220;Coxreels Ship Ready&#8221;.</p><p>With more than 80 SKU&#8217;s included, Coxreels Ship Ready program will ship all confirmed orders the next business day after one places their order, and if at any time the company can ship it the same day, they will attempt to. The maximum that can be ordered on a Purchase Order is 10 per SKU per order.&nbsp; </p><p>For more information on Coxreels and its new Ship Ready program, <a target="_blank">click here</a>. </p>]]> Target Specialty Products to host Pond Management 101 webinar The free webinar will be held Thursday, May 28, at 10:30am PST/1:30pm EST with Speaker, Dr. Doug Pullman, with Applied Biochemists. Wed, 27 May 2020 19:10:00 GMT <![CDATA[<p><strong>SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. &#8211; </strong><a ><strong>Target Specialty Products</strong></a>, a service provider of pest and turf and ornamental solutions in the United States and Canada, will host a Pond Management 101 webinar. The webinar will be sponsored by Applied Biochemists. Dr. Doug Pullman will discuss pond problems, the effect on pond appearance and the utility as an aquatic resource.&nbsp; He will also cover algae problems, the differences in how their systems compare to weeds and weed problems, properly aligning management expectations and how to select the best tools to achieve success. </p><p>Pullman, who joined the Applied Biochemists team in 2018, has a long history of lake management. He conducted post-secondary education at five major universities and started his career as a research and development director for the Dow Foundation. He focused on non-chemical controls for nuisance aquatic vegetation. In 1991, Aquest Corp. was founded around the belief that applied resource managers must spend as much time in the field as possible. Adherence to this philosophy has led to the discovery of many of the newly introduced submersed aquatic invasive species in Michigan, including starry stonewort, and the emergence of hybridity in exotic and submersed native aquatic plant species in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p><p>Today, he continues to oversee the operations of Aquest Corp. and maintains collaborative associations with university researchers, professional lake managers and commercial AVM practitioners and contractors.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p><p>&#8220;We are thrilled to offer this first of its kind Business Growth Webinar Series on &#8216;Pond Management,&#8217;&#8221; said David Helt, president of Target Specialty Products. &#8220;We are eager to help our customers to properly diagnose their pond problems and develop solutions.&#8221; </p><p>Anyone can join the webinar on Friday, May 28, at 10:30 a.m. PST/1:30pm EST. Attendees are invited to ask questions at the conclusion of the webinar. Please <a >click here</a> to register. </p><p>For additional information on Target Specialty Products, please visit <a ></a> or follow them on <a >Facebook</a>, <a >Twitter</a>, <a >YouTube</a> , <a >Instagram</a> and <a >LinkedIN</a>.<strong></strong></p>]]> Real Green Systems names Maloney VP, customer success Maloney joins Real Green Systems in this newly created role. Wed, 27 May 2020 18:55:00 GMT <![CDATA[<p><strong>WALLED LAKE, Mich. &#8211;</strong> Real Green Systems, a business operations software and marketing company, has added Karen Maloney to their team as vice president, customer success. In this newly created role, she is responsible for ensuring that Real Green Systems delivers customer experiences by implementing customer onboarding, training, support and continuing education initiatives and processes.</p><p>Maloney has two decades&#8217; worth of experience working in the information technology and services industries. Before joining Real Green Systems, Maloney was vice president of customer success for Verint-Systems; before that she was vice president of global customer success for ForeSee. She has also held leadership positions with Online Tech, JobApp Network and OpenMarket. Maloney holds a bachelor&#8217;s degree with a focus on information technology from the University of Phoenix.</p><p>&#8220;Making it as easy as possible for our customers to grow their businesses is hardwired into our DNA at Real Green Systems. With Karen Maloney leading our Customer Success team, we&#8217;re making an even bigger commitment to their success,&#8221; said President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Nunan. &#8220;She listens to and understands what our customers want and need from us, and under her guidance, our team is working to improve customer satisfaction and strengthen engagement.</p><p>&#8220;Attracting and retaining the most talented people is absolutely crucial to our mission of providing the best possible products and services for our green industry customers,&#8221; he adds. &#8220;Having proven, visionary leaders like Karen on our team enables Real Green to grow while maintaining our customer-centric philosophy. Real Green Systems is positioned to do amazing things in 2020 and beyond.&#8221;<o:p></o:p></p>]]> Facing the unexpected This year’s three Turnaround Tour companies are continuing to push through challenges posed by COVID-19. Wed, 27 May 2020 15:18:00 GMT <![CDATA[<p><em>See June&#8217;s edition of Lawn &amp; Landscape for a more in-depth look at how the three Turnaround Tour companies are doing. The issue goes live Monday, June 8!</em></p><p><strong>Custom Landscaping and Lawn Care</strong></p><p>The coronavirus pandemic has hit the New Jersey-based business hard, with multiple employees contracting the virus. </p><p>&#8220;It&#8217;s been really challenging,&#8221; says Frank Leloia. &#8220;We have had 19 cases of the virus.&#8221;</p><p>Leloia estimates that around 75% of the company has been tested for COVID-19.</p><p>&nbsp;Leloia says having so many employees out has made it difficult to keep up with the workload. </p><p>&#8220;It presented a lot of challenges, but we were able to work through them,&#8221; he says. &#8220;We&#8217;ve been working seven days a week, and 80 hours weeks.&#8221;</p><p><strong>Lawn &amp; Pest Solutions</strong></p><p>The team at Lawn &amp; Pest Solutions in Mississippi has been busy. Owner Paul Welborn and company beat its production goal for April by 17% and new sales are about 5% ahead of 2019 levels. </p><p>However, Welborn says they budgeted for a substantial increase in new sales but that hasn&#8217;t materialized yet. </p><p>If the COVID-19 restrictions on social distancing relax without increased health concerns, he expects to see at least a portion of the increased budget come through.</p><p><strong>Hawkins Landscaping</strong></p><p>David Hawkins Jr. says the annual frenzy of new jobs is slower this year, but his company, Hawkins Landscaping, is managing the COVID-19 crisis as best they can.</p><p>Hawkins says he can use everyone staying at home to his advantage. He pitches his services as creating a &#8220;staycation&#8221; environment and tells them it&#8217;s something they&#8217;ll always have.</p><p>Hawkins&#8217; employees are still doing physical appointments and keep their distance.</p><p>&#8220;When we go there, if they have their mask on, I put my mask on. A lot of people are really appreciative of that,&#8221; he says. &#8220;Like everything else, you have to be an opportunist. You have to have a little nerve and take a chance on it.&#8221;</p>]]> Belgard launches free online training platform The resource center will house live and recorded product installation guides, certification courses and more. Wed, 27 May 2020 13:26:00 GMT <![CDATA[<p><strong></strong>Belgard, a manufacturer of outdoor living products, has debuted Belgard Training Center, an online resource for landscape and hardscape trade professionals, including contractors, dealers, architects, designers and more. </p><p>The resource center, <a target="_blank">found here</a>, will house live and recorded Belgard University events, product installation guides, certification courses, third-party expert panels, virtual lunch-and-learns and other relevant content. <br></p><p>In addition to ongoing training and support, Belgard Training Center includes programming specific to the COVID-19 landscape, including insights on navigating work while keeping safety and health a top priority. In tandem, Belgard is conducting training to internal team members to arm employees with tools necessary to support trade professionals at the local level.</p><p>Belgard Training Center is available free to all trade professionals. Third-party certification and courses with additional costs will be noted. </p>]]> Top 10 cities most affected by bugs in 2020 The list was compiled by TruGreen using 2019 customer data. Tue, 26 May 2020 18:22:00 GMT <![CDATA[<p>MEMPHIS &#8211; <a target="_blank">TruGreen</a>, a national lawn care company whose services include mosquito, flea and tick control, released its 2020 list of cities most bothered by bugs.<br></p><p>Compiled from 2019 customer data, this year&#8217;s list also includes the increased percentage in services provided compared to the previous year. While July remained the month for peak infestation for a second consecutive year, residents are taking steps now to ensure their outdoor experience is both enjoyable and safe. <br></p><ol type="1"><li data-list="0" data-level="1">New York, NY <em>(15% increase)</em></li><li data-list="0" data-level="1">Boston, MA <em>(10% increase)</em></li><li data-list="0" data-level="1">Chicago, IL <em>(30% increase)</em></li><li data-list="0" data-level="1">Atlanta, GA <em>(18% increase)</em></li><li data-list="0" data-level="1">Dallas-Fort Worth, TX <em>(20% increase)</em></li><li data-list="0" data-level="1">Detroit, MI <em>(20% increase)</em></li><li data-list="0" data-level="1">Washington, DC <em>(20% increase)</em></li><li data-list="0" data-level="1">Philadelphia, PA <em>(24% increase)</em></li><li data-list="0" data-level="1">Hartford-New Haven, CT <em>(5% increase)</em></li><li data-list="0" data-level="1">Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN <em>(29% increase)</em><br></li></ol><p>According to a recent <a >report</a> by the Centers for Disease Control, illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites have tripled in the U.S., with more than 640,000 cases reported during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016. Mosquitoes and ticks and the diseases they spread &#8211; from West Nile to Zika and Lyme disease&#8211; are increasing in number and moving into new areas. As a result, more people are at risk for infection.<br></p><p>&#8220;As we spend more time home and temperatures begin to rise, families are looking to get outdoors. This much anticipated warmer weather will also undoubtedly bring the arrival of mosquitoes, fleas and ticks,&#8221; said John Bell, entomologist at TruGreen. &#8220;Our hope is that by making cities and states aware, we can combat these pests, and the diseases they carry, before they become a bigger problem during peak months.&quot;</p><p>TruGreen further examined the customer data to identify the top 10 markets affected by ticks and mosquitoes:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="table-responsive"><table class="table table-striped table-bordered table-condensed k-table"><colgroup><col><col></colgroup><tbody><tr><td><strong>Ticks</strong> <ol type="1"><li>New York, NY</li><li>Boston, MA</li><li>Hartford-New Haven, CT</li><li>Philadelphia, PA</li><li>Providence-New Bedford, RI</li><li>Portland-Auburn, ME </li><li>Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY</li><li>Detroit, MI</li><li>Pittsburgh, PA</li><li>Buffalo, NY</li></ol></td><td><strong>Mosquitoes </strong> <ol type="1"><li>Chicago, IL</li><li>New York, NY</li><li>Boston, MA</li><li>Atlanta, GA</li><li>Dallas-Fort Worth, TX</li><li>Detroit, MI</li><li>Washington, DC</li><li>Philadelphia, PA</li><li>Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN</li><li>Hartford-New Haven, CT</li></ol></td></tr></tbody></table></div><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p>TruGreen also released a few tips that complement control<strong>&nbsp;</strong>programs to help consumers minimize pest presence and keep themselves and their families safe.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="table-responsive"><table class="table table-striped table-bordered table-condensed k-table"><colgroup><col><col></colgroup><tbody><tr><td><strong>Ticks</strong><br><ul type="disc"><li>Keep grass no more than three inches high, trim shrubs and other lawn vegetation, and move decaying brush to reduce tick hiding places.</li><li>Protect decks, patios and outdoor play equipment by placing them in a sunny location and away from trees when possible. </li><li>Use a DEET-based insect repellant, especially on your ankles, wrists and neck.</li><li>Outfit your pets with flea and tick collars to help decrease ticks over time and reduce ticks in the home.</li></ul>&nbsp; </td><td><strong>Mosquitoes</strong> <ul type="disc"><li>Remove or regularly replace standing water that accumulates in things like buckets and birdbaths where mosquitoes lay their eggs.</li><li>Make sure your lawn is free from piles of twigs, branches and leaves, which provide harborage for mosquitoes.</li><li>Keep your lawn well mowed and other vegetation trimmed to eliminate cool spots where mosquitoes prefer to hang out.</li><li>Plant mosquito-repelling herbs in your garden, including citronella, basil and/or lavender.</li></ul></td></tr></tbody></table></div><br>The findings are based on application data from both residential and commercial treatments from January 1, 2019 &#8211; December 31, 2019. For more information about <a target="_blank">TruGreen</a> and the new report, visit its website.]]> Bobcat introduces new authorized dealer in Salem The dealership in Salem, Oregon, is the third location for Wilson Equipment, Inc. Tue, 26 May 2020 15:30:00 GMT <![CDATA[<p><strong>WEST FARGO, N.D. &#8211;</strong> Bobcat Company has expanded its dealer network with the addition of Bobcat of Salem as an authorized new and used sales, rental, service and parts provider of Bobcat equipment. The dealership is located at 2155 Claxter Road NE in Salem, Oregon, and is the third location for Wilson Equipment, Inc. </p><p>Founded in 1983 by Steve and April Wilson, Wilson Equipment, Inc.<ins cite="mailto:Kathy%20Bowermaster" datetime="2020-05-07T06:33">,</ins> got its start by refurbishing used equipment and catering to rental customers. With the addition of this new dealership, Wilson Equipment, Inc., will expand to serve its growing customer base in southern Oregon and northern California. </p><p>&#8220;With dealerships in Medford and Eugene we wanted to give our customers in Polk and Marion counties the same high-level sales and service our customers have come to expect from our other dealerships,&#8221; said Deven Kephart, sales manager for Wilson Equipment, Inc. &#8220;Bobcat produces a great product with lots of demand.&#8221; </p><p>The three Bobcat dealerships serve a variety of markets, including construction, landscaping and agriculture, with compact equipment, service, parts and rentals. </p><p>&#8220;With our location in Salem<ins cite="mailto:Kathy%20Bowermaster" datetime="2020-05-07T06:39">,</ins> we&#8217;ll be able to give our current and future Bobcat customers easy access to a large selection of new and used machines, quality parts and service as well as rental options,&#8221; Kephart adds. </p><p>Bobcat of Salem will distribute Bobcat equipment throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley. For more information, visit <a ></a>. </p><p>Bobcat of Salem is part of a network of some 900 Bobcat dealerships worldwide. For more information on Bobcat products, visit <a ></a>. </p>]]> Bob Maffei creates consulting group in Massachusetts He recently stepped down as CEO of Maffei Landscape Contractors after 30 years. Tue, 26 May 2020 13:39:00 GMT <![CDATA[<p>Bob Maffei, founder of Maffei Landscape Contractors, has recently stepped down as CEO to pursue a new endeavor, The Maffei Companies. </p><p>The Maffei Companies are a consulting, advisory and development group based in Mashpee, Massachusetts. His goal is to assist entrepreneurs to create scalable organizations that become choice providers and choice employers.<strong></strong></p><p>After 30 years in business, Maffei Landscape Contractors was sold to a capital management firm. Maffei remained CEO for two years to help with the transition. </p><p>&#8220;After building the company from zero to over 130 employees, and blessed with the opportunity to sell it, I feel I&#8217;ve learned more than I could have achieved with an Ivy League education, and I want to share my systems and experience with the next generation of entrepreneurs to help them succeed,&#8221; Maffei said.<strong></strong></p><p>Maffei is also a managing partner in LandOne Takeoff, a software solution for the green industry.</p><p>&#8220;The Maffei Companies is excited to showcase this cloud-based technology.&nbsp; The software utilizes satellite imagery, advanced measuring tools and now has the ability to create designs on site while meeting with the Customer. LandOne will enable real time - on site estimating, which will greatly simplify the proposal writing process,&quot; Maffei said. &#8220;LandOne is but one example of the products and systems we can put in place for the green industry.&#8221;<strong></strong></p> <p>Maffei is an active leader in the Cape Cod and green industry communities. He has held leadership roles such serving on the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.&nbsp; He has also received numerous awards, such as being named a Trailblazer in 2016 for National Association of Landscape Professionals and was recently awarded the 2019 Cape Cod Landscape Association&#8217;s Legacy Award.</p><p>Maffei resides in Mashpee with wife Reyna and their young children.</p>]]> Conserva Irrigation adds seven new territories The company expands across Texas and Colorado with the recent moves and debuts in Utah. Tue, 26 May 2020 13:17:00 GMT <![CDATA[<div><p>RICHMOND, Va &#8211; Conserva Irrigation has added seven new territories. Despite economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19, Conserva Irrigation will welcome four new franchisees to the system, expanding across Texas and Colorado, as well as debuting in Utah. </p><p>Partnering with franchisees possessing corporate and maintenance experience, the smart irrigation company is slated to expand throughout the following territories:</p></div><div>&#183;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Fort Collins, CO and Southeast Denver, CO&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>&#183;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Southern Salt Lake City, UT</div><div>&#183;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; North Frisco, TX</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p>With the addition of seven territories in three states, Conserva Irrigation has now grown its footprint across 90+ territories in markets throughout the country. The brand&#8217;s sales were up 65% YOY in Q1 and Conserva Irrigation has surpassed revenue goals for the year by 20% YOY.</p></div><div>&#8220;We&#8217;ve been fortunate enough to sustain success during the economic downturn because of continued strong consumer demand for our services, the ability to continue to operate as an essential service, our hardworking franchisees, technicians and corporate staff. We&#8217;re looking forward to launching in our newest territories,&#8221; said Russ Jundt, founder of Conserva Irrigation. &#8220;As our new territories launch, we&#8217;ll being hiring technicians, which will provide employment opportunities for those looking for a career in smart irrigation. It&#8217;s been a challenging time for all of us, but our culture and togetherness has helped everyone pull through and we believe that&#8217;s a major part of why entrepreneurs want to join this brand.&#8221;</div>]]> Real Green promotes Bacigalupo to sales VP role Brian Bacigalupo was previously director of sales and account management. Tue, 26 May 2020 13:12:00 GMT <![CDATA[<p>WALLED LAKE, Mich. &#8211; Business operations software and marketing company Real Green Systems promoted Brian Bacigalupo to vice president, sales and account management. </p><p>In his new role, Bacigalupo is responsible for transforming the software and digital marketing sales team to allow increased focus on enhancing the customer experience and helping to accelerate their growth.<br></p><p>A seasoned professional with more than three decades of sales, marketing and green industry management experience, Bacigalupo was previously director of sales and account management. Before joining Real Green Systems, he was vice president of sales at Synergetic Marketing. Additionally, he has worked extensively with Evergreen Lawns, Village Green and Saginaw Valley State University.<br></p><p>During his time at Real Green Systems, Bacigalupo has spearheaded the sales team's pivot to a more data- and value-driven process, including implementing a new training program, which emphasizes a team approach focused on stronger customer needs assessment and value realization. <br></p><p>&quot;Watching Brian transform the sales team over the past year has been like taking a master class in sales and customer service,&quot; said Bill Nunan, president and CEO of Real Green Systems. &quot;His visionary leadership has enabled our Real Green team to thrive and grow while maintaining our customer-centric philosophy and providing even better products and services for our customers. I am excited to see what he and the team will be able to accomplish in 2020 and beyond.&quot;</p>]]> 2020 Farwest Show canceled due to pandemic The state of Oregon decided to rule out any large gatherings until at least September. Tue, 26 May 2020 13:05:00 GMT <![CDATA[<p>The Oregon Association of Nurseries and the Farwest Show recently issued a statement that the 2020 Farwest Show has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. </p><p>The state of Oregon decided to not allow large events in the state at least through the end of September.&nbsp;Show organizers are turning their efforts towards planning a 2021 show.<br></p> <p>For more information, <a target="_blank">click here</a>.</p>]]> Aquascape offering new smart controlled, LED color-changing lights The lights can be controlled remotely using a smartphone or tablet. Fri, 22 May 2020 20:14:00 GMT <![CDATA[<p><strong>ST. CHALRES, Ill. &#8211;</strong> Aquascape Inc. has added to its selection of pond and landscape lighting products with the Aquascape LED Color-Changing Lights and Smart Control App. </p><p>The lights plug into the Smart Control Hub (sold separately) and pair with the Aquascape Smart Control App to control the lights at any time using a smartphone or tablet.</p><p>&#8220;The LED color-changing lights add personality to any water feature,&#8221; said Dave Kelly, vice president of product development for Aquascape Inc. &#8220;The RGBW diodes allow you to choose from a wide array of color options, as well as a true white option. The possibilities are endless when using the Aquascape Smart Control App. The App allows you to choose colors, control brightness, set schedules, and create themes.&#8221;</p><p>The Aquascape LED Color-Changing Lights offer:</p><ul><li>Durable, fully-sealed, metal housing with a dark bronze protective finish </li><li>High-output, color-changing diodes with a true white option</li><li>Removable, injection-molded stand and stake&nbsp;</li><li>Weatherproof quick-connect fittings </li></ul><p>Four color-changing light options are available: an 8-Watt spotlight, a 4.5-Watt spotlight, a 2-Watt light for waterfalls and a 2.5-Watt fountain light. A Smart Control Hub and a low voltage transformer (sold separately) are required to run the lights. The Smart Control App can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Aquascape color-changing lights also work with Amazon Alexa and Google Home voice commands.</p><p>For more information about Aquascape and its products, visit <a ></a> or call 866-877-6637 (U.S.) or 866-766-3426 (CAN).</p>]]> Buyers expands RapidLink Attachment System The mounting system is now available for the full line of truck plows. Fri, 22 May 2020 14:00:00 GMT <![CDATA[<p><strong>CLEVELAND &#8211;</strong> Buyers Products, a manufacturer of work truck equipment, is upgrading its full line of SnowDogg snow plows to the RapidLink Attachment System. <o:p></o:p></p><p>The RapidLink Attachment System is designed so a user can mount or dismount their plow quickly. A drop-leg and a hydraulically powered &#8220;Jack Switch&#8221; allow users to fine-tune their plows&#8217; mounting height. <o:p></o:p></p><p>&#8220;The RapidLink is brilliant in its simplicity,&#8221; says Scott Moorman, snow and ice product manager at Buyers. &#8220;It&#8217;s easy to use and highly adaptable to different vehicles and terrain. We introduced the RapidLink on our half-ton plows last year and users loved it. We&#8217;re confident our full-size plow fans will feel the same way.&#8221;<o:p></o:p></p><p>All new full-size SnowDogg plows including the VXFII, EXII and HDII lines, will feature the RapidLink Attachment System starting in the 2020-21 snow season. <o:p></o:p></p><p>Visit <a ></a> for more information, or watch this&nbsp;<a target="_blank">Youtube</a> video. <o:p></o:p></p>]]> Updates on COVID-19 and the landscaping industry From manufacturers to your companies, we&#39;re keeping tabs on what the coronavirus means to the green industry. Fri, 22 May 2020 12:00:00 GMT <![CDATA[<p><em>For continuous coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic and its <span>impact</span>&nbsp;on the industry, visit our&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">coronavirus page</a>. </em></p><p>As global concern over the coronavirus grows, landscaping companies should prepare for how to handle a possible outbreak in their area and urge employees who are sick to stay home.</p><p>Companies are continually updating their clients on what the coronavirus will mean for your business, plus events and policies are changing by the moment. Follow along with our rolling updates here:</p><p><strong>Herring Group hosts PPP webinar (posted May 22): </strong>Recently, the SBA released the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application.&nbsp; The Herring Group will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, May 26 at 1 PM CST to discuss the forgiveness application.&nbsp;This webinar is designed for both the landscape business owner and the person who will be completing the forgiveness application.&nbsp; In the webinar, we will be addressing &quot;owner-level&quot; issues at the first part of the webinar and more tactical numbers issues (e.g. completing the form) for the second part of the webinar.&nbsp;<a title="" target="_blank">Register here</a>.<o:p></o:p></p><p><strong>Country Clipper (posted May 20):&nbsp;</strong>The company has chosen to expand its Hero Program to include medical professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. <a href="" target="_blank">Read more here</a>. </p><p><strong>Jain posts State of the Landscape Industry webinar (posted May 14): </strong>With panelists from Corona Tools, Horizon and Landscapes USA, Jain Irrigation has posted a previously recorded webinar called &quot;The State of the Landscape Industry During COVID-19.&quot; The webinar can be <a target="_blank">viewed for free here</a>. &quot;You will learn creative ways to solve business challenges you are facing every day,&quot; the website says. &quot;Business is changing for all of us, and these three are leading the change.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>GIE+EXPO still on (posted May 13): </strong>Show organizers said&nbsp;GIE+EXPO,&nbsp;the international landscape, outdoor living and equipment exposition, will take place as planned this year on October 21- 23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Louisville. <a href="" target="_blank">Read more here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>SnowWolf (posted May 7)</strong>: In partnership with&nbsp;<a style="background-color:#ffffff;" >Fastbeds</a>, a manufacturer of emergency field hospital beds, SnowWolf began assembling, packaging and shipping beds to the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.&nbsp; Read more about it, <a style="background-color:#ffffff;" href="" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>GPS Insight (posted May 7)</strong>: GPS Insight released a video describing how telematics can help during an economic downturn. Click&nbsp;<a target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;to view it.&nbsp;<br></p><p><strong>We're hosting another webinar (posted May 6): </strong>Editor Brian Horn will be joined by Dean DeSantis, president of DeSantis Landscapes in Oregon and Bruce Moore Jr., president of Eastern Land Management in Connecticut and New York to discuss operating a landscaping company during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more details, <a target="_blank">click here</a>.</p><p><strong>TaskEasy &amp; Cub Cadet (posted May 4): </strong>The two companies are teaming up to provide free lawn care service to first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to get all the details.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Briggs &amp;&nbsp;Stratton Corporation (posted May 1):</strong> The company is proud to be a part of a MaskForce consortium that has designed, developed and produced a reusable face mask with disposable filters to protect these individuals. Read how the company has been creating the filters, <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>iQ Power Tools (posted May 1):</strong> Q Power Tools, a manufacturer of power tools with integrated dust collection systems, has donated over 18,000 N95 respirator masks to two community healthcare facilities, located right in the company&#8217;s very own backyard. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here </a>to read the full press release.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>TORO COMPANY (posted April 20):</strong> The Toro Company will donate&nbsp;$500,000&nbsp;to assist families and communities worldwide that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the company will match&nbsp;employee contributions to a nonprofit organization of their choice in support of relief efforts.</p><p><strong>NUFARM (posted April 20):</strong> Nufarm has launched&nbsp;a new Virtual Learning Series for turf and ornamental professionals in light of the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. The series features short learning modules on various industry topics, including naturalized areas maintenance and premium weed control for sedges and kyllinga. Click <a target="_blank">here</a> to view the online resource.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>NLAE LAUNCHES CORONAVIRUS HELP PAGE (posted April 17): </strong></p><p>The Nursery and Landscape Association Executives of North America (NLAE) and the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) recently launched a COVID-19 resource page showing the open/closed/restricted status of nursery industry segments in different U.S. states and Canadian provinces.&nbsp;</p><p>You can find this page by <a target="_blank">clicking here</a>.</p><p><strong>A FREE OFFER FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS (posted April 17):&nbsp;</strong>Cary, North Carolina-based landscaping start-up Canopy Lawn Care is hiring displaced workers and providing free lawn maintenance for health care workers on the front line of the crisis.</p><p>It is collaborating with Greenscape, another Triangle-area landscaping company. It provides local health care professionals with free one-time mowing services and discounted ongoing services for the next two months. In addition, customers of both companies, as well as the general public, have the opportunity to sponsor health care workers and pay for their lawn maintenance for a single visit up to two months. </p><p>&#8220;We&#8217;re excited to be able to support our community in this fashion&#8221; says Jason Stanley, chief growth officer at Canopy. &#8220;The idea is that they have enough on their plate right now without having to worry about their lawn getting mowed. If we can make things just a bit easier for them we want to do that.&#8221; Greenscape CEO Daniel Currin echoes that sentiment, &#8220;It&#8217;s great to be able to actually do something to help right now, when a lot of people are feeling helpless.&#8221;</p><p>For more information on what the North Carolina company is doing, <a target="_blank">click here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>WorkWave (posted April 16): </strong>WorkWave recently put together a&nbsp;<a target="_blank">resources</a>&nbsp;page to help lawn and landscape companies (and field service companies overall) get through COVID-19. Additional resources from the company include&nbsp;<a target="_blank">A blog post outlining five things you can do in WorkWave Service right now to help your business persevere through COVID-19</a>, and&nbsp;<a target="_blank">a digital toolkit</a> with&nbsp;communication templates including social media images, website copy, email copy, contact-free badges, business e-cards and a communications checklist that outlines what businesses should be doing during this time to communicate effectively with their customers.</p><p><strong>NALP'S FINANCIAL RESOURCES SECTION (posted April 9): </strong>From <a target="_blank">understanding FFRCA</a> to the <a target="_blank">CARES Act</a>, NALP has launched two programs&nbsp;&#8211; and a <a target="_blank">Financial Resources section</a>&nbsp;&#8211; dedicated to keeping landscapers informed on how they can leverage the financial help during the pandemic.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>YAHOO LAUNCHES SMALL BUSINESS INITIATIVE (posted April 8):</strong>&nbsp;Yahoo Small Business has launched a new <a target="_blank">Pay it Forward initiative</a> to help small businesses, offering an annual license of the company&#8217;s Business Maker solution free for one year. This license includes consultation time from a small business expert, a website builder and more. <br></p><p>Also, the company has launched a <a >COVID-19 Small Business Resource Center</a>, a compilation of resources (updated daily) from government, non-profit and private companies to support small businesses. </p><p><strong>EDEN (posted April 8): </strong>On-demand landscaping provider, Eden is offering everyone the chance to give back to those on the front line of the coronavirus by offering free services to healthcare workers and grocery store employees. To become a sponsor, fill out <a target="_blank">this form</a> and an Eden representative will contact you. For each contribution, donations will be made to&nbsp;<a >Food Banks Canada&nbsp;</a>or&nbsp;<a >Feeding America</a>&nbsp;as well.<strong></strong></p><p><strong>BRIGHTVIEW'S HEALTH MEASURES (posted April 7): </strong>BrightView Holdings, a commercial landscaping services company in the United States, recently posted details of the company&#8217;s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. <o:p></o:p></p><p>A presentation outlining the measures BrightView has taken to protect the health and safety of its team members and customers, as well as real and potential business impacts resulting from COVID-19, can be found on the company&#8217;s investor <a target="_blank">website</a>. The presentation includes landscaping&#8217;s designation as an essential service as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. <o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p></p><p><strong>LAURELROCK COMPANY (posted April 7):</strong> Company President Burt DeMarche has decided, while landscape companies remain an essential business in Connecticut, LaurelRock will suspend non-essential services for the next two weeks to protect their employees, clients, and community to help flatten the curve.&nbsp;</p><p>The LaurelRock leadership team has had a coronavirus action plan in place since March 16 to continue working on behalf of their clients safely.</p><p>&#8220;We appreciate the understanding and support that we have received from our clients and other professionals in our decision to temporarily suspend non-essential services to protect the health and welfare of our greater community, clients, and our employees,&quot; DeMarche said. &quot;We are doing our part to stop the spread of COVID-19, and we urgently request that others in our industry do the same. Please stay home and stay safe.&#8221;&nbsp;</p><p>For the whole story from LaurelRock, <a target="_blank">click here</a>.</p><p><strong>WALKER MOWERS (posted April 2):</strong> Walker Mowers released a video titled &quot;Standing United Together.&quot; <a target="_blank">Click here</a> to watch it.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>LAWN LOVE:</strong> Lawn Love, an on-demand lawn care provider, conducted a survey and found 90% of its contractors are operating as they usually do while 5% have slowed down and 5% have stopped. You can read the full article <a target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp; <br></p><p><strong>BRIGGS &amp; STRATTON (posted March 31): </strong>Briggs &amp; Stratton announced it will continue to implement preventative measures for the safety of its employees and customers. In light of the pandemic, the company is reducing manufacturing activity at several of its facilities and has shut down other plants. For more information, <a target="_blank">click here</a>.</p><p><strong>NCLC CANCELED (SORT OF):</strong>&nbsp;<a target="_blank">The National Association of Landscape Professionals</a>&nbsp;initially canceled the National Collegiate Landscape Competition as a result of the travel and health concerns. You can read more about that&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">cancellation here</a>. However, NALP has converted the competition into a virtual education opportunity to be held April 7-8 from 1-4 p.m. EST each day. You can <a href="" target="_blank">read more about that here.</a></p><p><strong>STATE-BY-STATE UPDATES: </strong>NALP will also be keeping tabs on each state's stance on whether landscaping is to be considered essential or non-essential businesses during a shutdown. <a href="" target="_blank">Read more about that here</a>. </p><p><strong>CATERPILLAR: <a href="" target="_blank">(Story posted March 26)</a>&nbsp;</strong>At this time, Caterpillar is continuing to run the majority of its U.S. domestic operations and plans to continue operations in other parts of the world, as permitted by local authorities. However, due to uncertain economic conditions resulting in weaker demand, potential supply constraints and the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and related government actions, Caterpillar is temporarily suspending operations at certain facilities.&nbsp;The company&nbsp;will continue to monitor the situation and may suspend operations at additional facilities as the situation warrants.</p><p><strong>SYNGENTA: </strong>Syngenta released the following statement: &quot;As we adapt to the unprecedented challenges posed by the quickly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we want to assure you that Syngenta continues to take steps to ensure we are operating safely.&nbsp; Syngenta&#8217;s priority is the health and safety of our employees, families, customers and partners. We continue to assess the situation daily and take actions in an abundance of caution to maintain business continuity while focusing on the safety and health of our customers and employees.&quot; The full statement can be viewed <a target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><strong>IRRIGATION ASSOCIATION: </strong>Meanwhile, the Irrigation Association released a statement that says &quot;understands and supports the aggressive preventive measures being taken across the globe as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.&quot; A majority of its staff in Fairfax, Virginia, has moved to remote work as a result. You can read more from the&nbsp;<a target="_blank">association's website here</a>.<strong></strong></p><p><strong>SOME GENERAL GOOD TIPS:</strong> NALP has also established guidelines to assist business owners.&nbsp;These tips include complying with all federal, state and local advisories; actively urging employees who are sick to stay home; and thoroughly disinfecting personal protective equipment. </p><p>While the Centers of Disease Control assessed that for most people the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus is low, businesses should start preparing for more employee absences. </p><p>The NALP suggests cross-training personnel in the event that a key member of the team is absent for an extended period of time. It&#8217;s also important to note that the Coronavirus is a reportable illness with OSHA. </p><p>It&#8217;s also recommended that companies begin reviewing policies and procedures, along with preparing to alter business practices if needed. </p><p>According to the CDC, Oregon has 75 reported cases, while neighboring state Washington has reported 1,012 cases and 52 deaths.</p><p>For Ben Bowen, head landscape designer with Ross NW Watergardens in Portland, his company has already begun putting preventative measures in place. </p><p>&#8220;Right now, it&#8217;s still business as usual for us. We had a discussion with all of our teammates,&#8221; Bowen said. &#8220;We made sure everyone understood the symptoms, and we told them we expect them to stay home if they have any of them.&#8221;</p><p>Bowen added that at Ross NW Watergardens, employees have a pool of paid time off that they can utilize for sick, personal and vacation days.</p><p>&#8220;Usually, our employees will come to work if they have a minor cold,&#8221; he said. &#8220;However, we made sure they know to stay home, and if they have to take off for this it won&#8217;t impact their normal pool of paid time off.&#8221;</p><p>Bowen noted some companies may not be able to offer the same courtesy to their employees.</p><p>&#8220;For states that don&#8217;t have mandated paid time off, there could be a problem,&#8221; he said. &#8220;There can be a little hostility toward those who are perceived to be spreading the virus.&#8221;</p><p>According to Bowen, Ross NW Watergardens has already begun to be negatively impacted by the growing panic over the Coronavirus. </p><p>&#8220;I just got an email from a client who was very motivated to do a backyard project with us,&#8221; he explained. &#8220;He loved all the ideas but told me with things being so uncertain he could not invest the money into the project at this time. In the design/build industry we&#8217;re seeing people worried about the economy.&#8221;</p><p>Bowen said he expects the maintenance and manufacturing sectors of the industry to be affected as well, especially in areas that quarantine.</p><p>&#8220;If we were to see something like what is going on in Italy, then crews could be idle for weeks,&#8221; he said. &#8220;Manufacturing disruptions could increase wait time for parts and equipment.&#8221;</p><p>While everyone is being cautious, Bowen said that employees are staying calm in the meantime.</p><p>&#8220;The tone is really that we&#8217;re not worried for ourselves but realize there are people in the community who are especially vulnerable. We want to protect those people by being,&#8221; he said.</p><p>Bob Grover, president of Pacific Landscape Management, also in Portland, said that while the health risks are undeniable, he is more concerned about the economic impact.S</p><p>&#8220;My biggest concern over the Coronavirus is the potential impact on the economy,&#8221; he said. &#8220;We are hearing of all the things being cancelled or postponed. The impact that the Coronoavirus has on the travel, hotel and convention industries will have ripple effects into the overall economy.&#8221;</p><p>Grover added that beginning late last week, Pacific Landscape Management began researching and formulating a plan. </p><p>&#8220;We want people to practice good hygiene,&#8221; he said. &#8220;That means washing your hands when you get to work, when you go home and throughout the day. Also, coughing or sneezing into your elbow. We told employees don&#8217;t come to work if you feel sick. If you do come sick, and we feel that you&#8217;re coughing, or feverish, we will send you home.&#8221;</p><p>Grover said he believes that in states without mandated sick leave employees will show up to work even if they have some of the symptoms.</p><p>&#8220;The good thing about Oregon is we&#8217;re a very progressive state and it&#8217;s required that all employees have sick leave,&#8221; he said. &#8220;So, it&#8217;s not as big of an issue here in Oregon as it might be in other states.&#8221;</p><p>At Pacific Landscape Management some employees have scheduled travel plans that may be cancelled and others may choose to cancel trips in highly affected areas. </p><p>&#8220;We told employees that they have the choice to self-select out and not go if they are not comfortable,&#8221; he said. &#8220;We want everybody to take their personal health into their own hands. We want to encourage people to do that and not feel like there will be any retributions.&#8221;</p>]]> ASV partners with Loftness The two companies designed the Battle Ax, a new, specialized mulching head. Thu, 21 May 2020 21:00:00 GMT <![CDATA[<p><strong>GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. </strong>&#8212; <a ><strong>ASV Holdings Inc.</strong></a>, a manufacturer of compact track loaders and skid steers, partnered with <a >Loftness Specialized Equipment</a> to design a specialized <a >Loftness S-Series Battle Ax</a> mulching head for optimized performance with ASV machines. <br></p><p>The skid-steer and compact track loader attachment, available through ASV&#8217;s dealer network, is designed to produce a finer mulch with fewer passes. It pairs well with ASV&#8217;s <a >RT-75 Heavy-Duty</a> and <a >RT-120 Forestry Posi-Track&#174;</a> loaders. The attachment is ideal for improving productivity in forestry mulching, land clearing, trail development and right-of-way work.<span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></p><p>&#8220;It is important to us that our partners&#8217; values align with ours, and we really see that in Loftness,&#8221; said Buck Storlie, ASV Holdings Inc. product line manager. &#8220;It&#8217;s why we worked so closely with them to make this specialized mulching head.The Battle Ax provides ASV customers the level of performance they need to get the most out of their machines.&#8221;<br></p><p>The two companies worked together to match the attachment with ASV machines. ASV and Loftness extensively tested The Battle Ax with the RT-75 HD and RT-120F to optimize specifications and features including hydraulic settings, gearing, back pressure and more.<br></p><p>The Battle Ax gives contractors the ability to fell large standing trees, shave off large material and complete forward and reverse mulching. The attachment applies elements of the company&#8217;s flagship <a >Carbide Cutter G4</a>. The Battle Ax also includes the new Battle Ax rotor with built-in depth gauges. <br></p><p>The attachment includes strength steel housing for enhanced durability and several features that minimize moving parts and simplify maintenance. An adjustable push bar and skid shoes give operators maximum control. <br></p><p>&#8220;We&#8217;ve worked with ASV for a number of years and we&#8217;re excited that their customers have direct access to our Battle Ax,&#8221; said Bill Schafer, Loftness product manager. &#8220;Extensive testing resulted in a unique attachment that pairs perfectly with ASV equipment&#8217;s unmatched hydraulic power, reliability and performance.&#8221;<br></p><p>The specialized Battle Ax is available through the ASV dealer network. Find your nearest dealer at <a ></a>. Learn more about the RT-75 HD and RT-120F at <a ></a> and the Battle Ax at <a ></a>.</p>]]> Real Green Systems promotes Bacigalupo Brian Bacigalupo will now serve as vice president, sales and account management. Thu, 21 May 2020 19:30:00 GMT <![CDATA[<p><strong>WALLED LAKE, Mich. &#8211;</strong> Real Green Systems' Brian Bacigalupo has been promoted to vice president, sales and account management. In his new role, Bacigalupo is responsible for transforming the software and digital marketing sales team to allow increased focus on enhancing the customer experience and helping to accelerate their growth.<br></p><p>With more than three decades of sales, marketing and green industry management experience, Bacigalupo was previously director of sales and account management. Before joining Real Green Systems, he was vice president of sales at Synergetic Marketing. Additionally, he has worked extensively with Evergreen Lawns, Village Green and Saginaw Valley State University.<br></p><p>During his time at Real Green Systems, Bacigalupo has spearheaded the sales team's pivot to a more data- and value-driven process, including implementing a new training program, which emphasizes a team approach focused on stronger customer needs assessment and value realization. <br></p><p>Real Green Systems President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Nunan said, &quot;Watching Brian transform the sales team over the past year has been like taking a master class in sales and customer service. His visionary leadership has enabled our Real Green team to thrive and grow while maintaining our customer-centric philosophy and providing even better products and services for our customers. I am excited to see what he and the team will be able to accomplish in 2020 and beyond.&quot;</p>]]> 现金捕鱼平台