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Photo: CASE Construction Equipment

CASE has introduced an all-new mulcher-head attachment. Compatible with CASE skid steers and compact track loaders, the attachment ships standard with high flow (HF) configuration, and can be easily converted for use with enhanced high flow (EHF) hydraulics systems on 90-HP+ machines. Ideal for land clearing, site prep, right-of-way and trail maintenance applications, the mulcher features a variable two-speed motor that automatically adjusts the motor displacement to maximize rotor speed and torque to changing material loads. The new mulcher comes standard with proprietary double-carbide teeth and a severe-duty body construction for enhanced durability in tough applications.

www.casece.com

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Photo: Steel Green Manufacturing

Experience the power and productivity of the SG52 Zero-Turn Sprayer/Spreader machine by Steel Green Manufacturing.

With its dual 30-gal. spray tanks, Spyker 225-lbs. hopper, and high-density poly fertilizer trays, the SG52 holds up to 60 gallons of liquid and 325 lbs. of granular product.

It comes standard with a decked out 21-hp engine and a powerful 20/50 amp charging system to give operators the ability to run a high-volume pump and other attachments. Built with the operator and technician in mind, Steel Green machines are easy to operate and maintain.

Learn more at steelgreenmfg.com.

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Logo: Nufarm Americas Inc.

As a leading supplier to the lawn and landscape market, Nufarm’s US Turf and Ornamental team delivers a portfolio of products meeting the value, efficacy and innovation demanded by the market to solve the daily pest and disease issues you face. An unsurpassed customer service team coupled with sales and technical resources, all with a mission to solve your problems, sums up the personality of your Nufarm team. We are here to help you grow a better tomorrow, today.

nufarm.com/usturf

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Photo: ASV Holdings Inc.

Introducing the VT-70 High Output Posi-Track compact track loader from ASV. This machine features unmatched power, comfort, serviceability and speed for lift, carry and load tasks. With an amplified level of torque and an efficient hydraulic system, landscape operators will get maximum performance to make even the biggest jobs seem small. Get into the VT-70 High Output and experience the ASV advantage.

www.asvi.com

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Photo: iStock.com/Marco_Bonfanti

Now that we’re closing in on the halfway point of the calendar year, it’s an appropriate time to evaluate how the year is going. Many of you are on track to meet, or even exceed, your goals for 2019. This may be due to strong economic demand, good teamwork or other factors. If this describes you, what needs to happen to finish strong in the second half of the year? Who needs to do what? By when?

Many others may be off track to achieve their goals for 2019. This may be due to labor shortage issues, high turnover or other factors. If this describes you, what needs to change to get back on track? Who needs to do what? By when?

Still others have no clue if they’re on track or off track since they haven’t taken the time to establish goals for 2019. If this describes you, this mid-year check-in is the perfect opportunity to roll up your sleeves and develop some goals for the remainder of 2019 so that you and your team will know if it’s on track or off track.

I love the analogy of a business being like a train. It takes great energy to get a train moving, but once it gets rolling, it is much easier to keep rolling; and once the train overcomes the mountain and begins to rumble down the backside, it is unstoppable. Developing goals helps you determine which track to go down. If you or your team don’t know which track to pursue, there’s no reason to exert any energy trying to get it moving. But once the track is clear, there’s nothing stopping you and your team from giving it all you’ve got.

What is the goal for the remainder of 2019? What benchmarks will help keep you on track? Who is responsible for what? What deadlines exist? By answering these basic questions, you and your team will be well on your way to getting the train rolling.

Now go forth.

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Vectorworks announced plans to acquire connectCAD, a systems design solution geared for the audiovisual (AV) industry.

Since 2009, connectCAD has been offered as a plug-in for Vectorworks software, offering the ability for designing broadcast, AV, lighting and IT networks or any other type of connected system. ConnectCAD ensures that as-built drawings and cable lists exactly match the completed cabling architecture, avoiding expensive or even impossible reworking with other methods.

ConnectCAD is used worldwide to design and coordinate complex AV installations such as exhibitions, casinos, conferences, churches, staging events and theme parks as well as broadcast systems, IT and telecom infrastructure. Additionally, anyone involved in design, installation and connection of electrical and electronic systems can benefit from the powerful combination of connectCAD and Vectorworks.

“ConnectCAD has been a great partner product for Vectorworks over the years and had gradually built a product for Vectorworks that creates a powerful, yet intuitive interface for generating audiovisual system designs and report,” said Vectorworks CEO Biplab Sarkar, Ph.D. “In response to the growing audio needs for our customers, connectCAD was an obvious choice because it’s a high-quality product that naturally extends our AV capabilities for our users.”

As part of the pending acquisition, connectCAD Founder, Managing Partner and Programmer for the tools, Conrad Preen, will join Vectorworks R&D.

“Part of the Vectorworks family, connectCAD is poised to enter a new era and will be able to realize its true potential,” Preen said. “We’re looking forward to introducing many new features in the coming years with the expertise of Vectorworks engineers fine-tuning our existing features. As in human enterprise, teamwork is the key to great results, and I can think of no better team than Vectorworks.”

Part of the acquisition, the first priority will be to convert all Vectorscript tools and commands to C++ using Vectorworks SDK, thus enhancing the performance of the connectCAD plug-in. Once completed, connectCAD will be offered as an add-on module for Vectorworks Spotlight or Designer in English or German. Completion of the first phase will be during the Vectorworks 2020 version cycle.

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Photo: Case Construction Equipment

Case Construction Equipment donated a 521F wheel loader and CX17C mini excavator to Pittsburg State University’s (Kansas) diesel and heavy equipment bachelor’s of applied sciences program.

The donated equipment gives students hands-on training for careers including off-road diesel engine technicians and engineers at major global manufacturers. Pittsburg State’s program — one of about 10 in the country that provides a four-year degree in automotive and heavy equipment technology — is recognized nationally for its quality of education and its alumni who remain engaged long after they graduate.

Three of those first graduates of the program (Dallas Grothusen (2000), Kelly Burgess (2001) and Ted Polzer (2002)), represented Case in presenting the school with the equipment.

“We are proof of the value of secondary education in engineering and diesel engine technology, and it’s with great pride that we work with a manufacturer who recognizes the importance of providing the next generation with the tools to succeed in this industry,” said Polzer, director of product and customer support, Case. “Bringing this technology to our alma mater and empowering these students to succeed at the next level greatly improves our entire industry.”

Pittsburg State President Steve Scott adds, “They benefited from the investment other people have made, and now full circle they’re coming back to help that next generation. It’s not just a donation, it’s an investment in our students, in Pittsburg State University, and in Case, the better our graduates are, the better your business is going to be.”

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Photo: Case Construction Equipment

Case Construction Equipment donated a 521F wheel loader and CX17C mini excavator to Pittsburg State University’s (Kansas) diesel and heavy equipment bachelor’s of applied sciences program.

The donated equipment gives students hands-on training for careers including off-road diesel engine technicians and engineers at major global manufacturers. Pittsburg State’s program — one of about 10 in the country that provides a four-year degree in automotive and heavy equipment technology — is recognized nationally for its quality of education and its alumni who remain engaged long after they graduate.

Three of those first graduates of the program (Dallas Grothusen (2000), Kelly Burgess (2001) and Ted Polzer (2002)), represented Case in presenting the school with the equipment.

“We are proof of the value of secondary education in engineering and diesel engine technology, and it’s with great pride that we work with a manufacturer who recognizes the importance of providing the next generation with the tools to succeed in this industry,” said Polzer, director of product and customer support, Case. “Bringing this technology to our alma mater and empowering these students to succeed at the next level greatly improves our entire industry.”

Pittsburgh State President Steve Scott adds, “They benefited from the investment other people have made, and now full circle they’re coming back to help that next generation. It’s not just a donation, it’s an investment in our students, in Pittsburg State University, and in Case, the better our graduates are, the better your business is going to be.”

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Logo: Irrigation Association

The Irrigation Association (IA) selected July as Smart Irrigation Month for 2019.

In its 15th year, Smart Irrigation Month serves as the showcase month for the irrigation industry and the public to recognize and promote the benefits associated with smart and efficient irrigation. The theme this year is “Smart Irrigation in Action.”

“July continues to serve as our month to not only celebrate everything our industry has to offer but also educate the public on the importance of smart irrigation,” said IA Government and Public Affairs Director John Farner. “Smart Irrigation Month is our month. It’s our month to talk about the importance of water, the importance of smart and efficient irrigation and the importance of our industry to the growth and success of our society.”

To officially kick off Smart Irrigation Month, July 9 will be recognized as Technology Tuesday to help raise awareness about smart irrigation. The IA is asking everyone who supports the benefits of smart irrigation to wear blue on Technology Tuesday in support of Smart Irrigation Month.

The IA is encouraging those in the irrigation industry to showcase smart irrigation in action through pictures, videos and stories that highlight the benefits of smart irrigation. An online video contest begins on June 10.

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Denise Danois Triche (Photo: The Davey Tree Expert Co.)

The Davey Tree Expert Co. announced six promotions and appointments.

Denise Danois-Triche was promoted to regional recruiting manager, Midwest.

In her new role, Danois-Triche will provide recruiting leadership in the Great Lakes and Chicago regions. Danois-Triche started with Davey in 2017 as a client experience coordinator in the West Chicago Residential/Commercial (R/C) office. She transferred to the South Chicago R/C office that same year. In 2018, she was promoted to recruiting coordinator for the Chicago area. Danois-Triche was promoted again in 2019 to supervisor of the recruiting hub in Chicago.

Danois-Triche has experience in sales, marketing and management, with an educational background in interactive/multimedia design and marketing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jim Zwack was promoted to vice president and general manager of the Davey Institute of Tree Sciences (D.I.T.S.), the Davey Co.’s research, development and innovation division.

In his new role, Zwack will be responsible for Davey’s team of scientists and researchers around North America, along with education, training, environmental programs and corporate responsibility. H will also oversee the D.I.T.S. technology development team which works in close partnership with the United States Forest Service.

With more than 20 years of experience in the green industry, Zwack started with Davey in 2010 as director of technical services after successfully helping to lead and grow a startup plant health care product sales company in Minneapolis. In 2017, he was promoted to general manager of the D.I.T.S.. Zwack holds a master’s degree in tree physiology from Iowa State University and a bachelor’s degree in urban forestry from the University of Minnesota. He has held numerous leadership positions in industry associations, is a former director for the Society of Commercial Arboriculture and is a trustee emeritus for the TREE Fund.

Heather Reitano was promoted to regional recruiting manager, east region.

Reitano will oversee recruiting operations for all residential and commercial services in the eastern U.S., as well as direct hiring for commercial landscape services in the mid-Atlantic region.

Reitano started with Davey in 2010 as a contract utility forester with Davey Resource Group (DRG). She was promoted to hiring coordinator for DRG and in 2018 joined the corporate recruiting department. She is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), and is an ISA Certified Municipal Arborist as well as ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. Reitano is a 2015 graduate of the D.I.T.S., which is Davey’s flagship training program in biological sciences, safety, tree and plant care and management techniques. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from The College of Charleston.

Leonardo Rivera-Barragan was promoted to district manager, Menlo Park, Calif., R/C office.

Rivera-Barragan started in the industry as a plant health care (PHC) technician with Safe & Beautiful, which became part of the Davey Co. through an acquisition. In 2009, he was promoted to PHC foreman in Davey’s Menlo Park R/C office.

Rivera-Barragan is an ISA Certified Arborist, an ISA Certified Tree Worker and a Tree Care Industry Association Certified Treecare Safety Professional. Also bilingual, Rivera-Barragan holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Guadalajara University.

Ken Busse was promoted to district manager of the Las Vegas R/C office.

Busse has more than 30 years of experience in the green industry. He joined Davey in 2013 as a plant healthcare technician and was promoted to sales arborist in 2016 and assistant district manager in 2018. He is an ISA Certified Arborist and is a TCIA Certified Treecare Safety Professional.

Anthony Williams was promoted to district manager, Kansas City, Kan., R/C office.

Williams started with Davey in 2004 as a trimmer trainee in the North Detroit R/C office. He was later promoted to plant health care technician in the North Detroit R/C office. Williams transferred to the Charlotte R/C office in 2008, and was most recently named a sales arborist in the East Cleveland R/C office in 2016.

An ISA Certified Arborist, Williams graduated in 2007 from the D.I.T.S. and attended Oakland Community College for agricultural science studies.

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