LOVELAND, Colo. – Agrium Advanced Technologies will begin manufacturing its Nitroform slow-release fertilizer product line in the company’s production facility in Courtright, Ontario, Canada.
Agrium produces its other non-coated product lines, including Nutralene slow-release fertilizer and Balanced Chain Methylene Urea (BCMU) at the Courtright plant.
“This is an important strategic move for Agrium Advanced Technologies,” says Andrew Mittag, president, Agrium Advanced Technologies. “With all three non-coated product lines manufactured in-house, we can ensure the highest-quality control standards and better manage costs.”
STIHL has appointed Casey McGrath to the position of branch manager for Pacific STIHL, the Visalia, Calif., based branch of the company.
In his new role, McGrath will be responsible for directing and managing the sales, distribution and service of all products, parts and accessories at the branch, and directing the development of advertising and marketing plans for the territory, which includes California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and Guam.
McGrath joins STIHL with more than fifteen years of industry experience as well as a long history with the STIHL brand. McGrath began his career in the industry as a territory manager in 1993 at STIHL distributor Bryan Equipment Sales, Loveland, Ohio. He then worked as a product manager at STIHL before transferring back to Bryan Equipment as the northern sales manager. His most recent position with Bryan Equipment was as vice president of marketing.
McGrath holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Kentucky.
Diesel will average more than $3 a gallon next year, in line with a previous forecast, the Department of Energy said.
Diesel will average $2.95 this year and $3.12 in 2011, compared with last month’s $2.96 and $3.14 forecasts, respectively.
Trucking’s main fuel averaged $2.46 a gallon last year, DOE said Tuesday in its monthly short-term energy outlook.
In its weekly price survey released Monday, DOE reported that diesel’s national average topped $3 for the first time since November 2008, jumping 7.6 cents to $3.015 a gallon.
Gasoline rose 2.1 cents to $2.826, with both fuels resuming the upward trend that had faltered last week following five weeks of increases.
This year, gas will be almost 50 cents higher in the peak driving season from April 1 to Sept. 30, climbing to $2.92 from last year’s $2.44 per-gallon average.
Gas will average $2.84 for this entire year and $2.96 in 2011, up from last year’s $2.35 per gallon, “primarily because of projected rising crude oil prices,” DOE said.
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The South Florida Water Management District is hoping city residents will abide by a three-day-a-week residential watering restriction as part of an effort to save South Florida's water resources.
Year-round landscape irrigation conservation measures give city businesses and residents the option of watering three days a week rather than a mandated two days per week during droughts. Although watering is now allowed three days, the SFWMD is emphasizing that two days a week of irrigation are sufficient for South Florida lawns and landscapes, as landscaping only requires only three-quarters of an inch of water per week.
"Over the past few years, we were under the two-day watering because of the drought," said Victor Majtenyi, deputy director of public utilities for the city. "This water measure is not because of the drought. It's a year-round water restriction extension, an increase from two days a week to three days a week."
According to the SFWMD, odd-numbered street addresses in the city will be able to water landscapes and lawns before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Even-numbered addresses can water before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Multifamily units and homeowners associations that have both odd- and even-numbered addresses within the same water zones should use the even-numbered watering measure before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. No one will be allowed to irrigate between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Those caught violating the new water measure could face fines starting at $100. Code Enforcement officials will be monitoring all areas within city limits. Al Berg, assistant director of community improvement, will lead the compliance efforts.
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CHANDLER, Ariz. – Horizon Distributors’ BizPro eSources provides the resources necessary to help landscape contractors capitalize on demand for waterscaping services and stand out from the competition.
Landscape contractors interested in adding waterscaping services can begin by attending one of Horizon’s Waterscaping Training Classes and utilizing the downloadable resources available on Horizon’s BizPro eSources website.
BizPro eSources is part of Horizon’s Business Builder Program, a series of programs, training events, marketing tools and other business-building resources designed to help landscape contractors expand their businesses.
“Adding waterscaping to landscape contractors’ list of service offerings can be an effective solution for dealing with the tough economic times,” says Dan Puthuff, construction channel manager, Horizon Distributors. “Water features come in many shapes and sizes and can be easily customized to meet each client’s personal preference and budget. Plus, the barriers to enter the market and start selling waterscaping products and services are not overly high or costly.”