In the State of the Industry Report, we identified how contractors are facing some of their biggest problems head-on, which includes keeping legal under a heightened focus on H-2B. We not only checked the industry's pulse this month, but we also sat down with some of the field's most seasoned veterans and emerging leaders. Plus, we caught up with the 2018 Turnaround Tour winners to see what changes Harvest Group Landscape Business Consulting has recommended this time around.
Also inside, you'll read about best practices to introduce GPS tracking systems without irking employees, ways to put fire at the forefront of your hardscape designs, and why keeping fun around the workplace is so essential.
The Aspire Software Company announced the addition of Matt Winn to the company. Winn will join the team as an account manager, with primary responsibility for maintaining Aspire’s level of service through the software implementation process.
Winn comes to Aspire with 10 years of account management experience, including many years as the general manager for a turfgrass management company. Prior to joining Aspire, he was the account manager for a landscape company in Nashville, Tenessee, where he managed the recurring services for more than 50 commercial and high-end residential accounts.
His job responsibilities will include training and supporting Aspire clients in all areas of the software during their deployment, go-live and ongoing use.
“We are pleased to add Matt to an already great team of 13 Account Managers implementing our software in companies across the country. Matt’s industry experience and work with production software will add value to the clients that he implements on Aspire,” said Aspire director of client services Bryan Mours. “
In addition to his professional experience, he is a Certified Lawn Care Manager through the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) and was also awarded the 2017 Rookie Account Manager of the Year. Winn attended Middle Tennessee State University, majoring in Business Management and minoring Accounting.
It’s not too late to register for the 2018 GIE+EXPO. Exhibitors have lined up several product launches, demos
In response to the growing compact track loader market, New Holland Construction designed its most powerful vertical lift compact track loader yet. The C245 CTL offers an operating capacity of 4,500 pounds, breakout force of 9,188 pounds and enhanced cab comfort and visibility. In addition to power and lift capacity, operators can perform quick maintenance with the flip-top cab. C245
“The trend in the industry is for larger machines that are capable of doing more work in a shorter amount of time,” says Ryan Anderson, New Holland Compact Track Loader product marketing manager. “The 90-HP C245 not only delivers more power,
Operators can empty the bucket faster and easier, which in turn increases cycle times. “Whether loading gravel into a truck, stacking dense, heavy bales, placing pallets of brick, block or sod, or lifting and carrying other heavy materials, the bigger, beefier C245 is exceptionally productive,” says Anderson.
Exmark will launch a new commercial stand-on riding mower at GIE+EXPO 2018. The new machine delivers the commercial-grade performance, durability, ergonomics
Exmark is also giving away one of the new models in its booth (#7080) on Thursday, Oct. 18 at
Contractors who visit booth #7094 at GIE+EXPO can enter their name into a drawing for a chance to win a 16-foot Big Tex trailer loaded up with an Exmark propane-powered mower, tools, and accessories from the Propane Education & Research Council. The trailer is central to PERC’s 2018 booth theme that showcases how propane equipment can help a contractor’s business over the long haul.
“We’ve seen time and again that once a landscape contractor tries propane equipment for the first time, they don’t turn back,” said Jeremy Wishart, director of off-road business development for PERC. “Propane offers contractors so many long-term business benefits, including lower fuel costs, a cleaner operation, and more productivity all season long.”
To enter the contest is visit PERC’s booth and sign up for The Cut, a quarterly e-newsletter from PERC that offers business tips, propane facts, and peer case studies. Contractors must be present in the booth at 4:00 p.m. on Oct. 18 when the drawing takes place in order to win.
In addition to the trailer itself, the winning contractor will also take home the following tools and accessories:
- An Exmark Lazer Z S-series propane 60” zero-turn mower.
- A propane grill.
- Shirts, gloves, hats, and cooling towels to outfit crews.
- Water bottles and a five-gallon water cooler to keep crews hydrated.
- A handheld flame weeder.
- A portable propane generator.
- Various hand-held landscape maintenance tools.
To help green industry professionals attending the GIE + EXPO say “thank you” to our nation’s heroes, Project EverGreen will sponsor a thank you card writing initiative.
The cards will be delivered to military personnel through Operation Gratitude, a national organization that provides care packages and messages of appreciation to military members.
“Sometimes the simplest gestures mean the most and taking a few minutes to write a note of appreciation is a way all members of the green industry can thank our military personnel for their sacrifice and service to our country,” says Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. “We encourage all attendees of the GIE + EXPO to stop by our booth, complete a card and learn more about our GreenCare and SnowCare for Troops programs.”
Attendees can stop by the Project EverGreen booth (# 365) to write their note on a special pre-printed postcard. Attendees writing a note will be eligible to be entered into a drawing to possibly win a Yeti 35” Tundra cooler.
Attendees of the GIE + EXPO can also enter to win a Yeti cooler by picking up a Project EverGreen Passport Card and collecting stamps at any of the following participating partner booths:
Project EverGreen (# 365)
Nufarm (# 22110)
Toro (# 7148)
BOSS Snowplow (# 11212)
SiteOne Landscape Supply (# 20090)
Cards with all five stamps will be entered into the drawing which will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Project EverGreen booth on Friday, Oct. 19.
Nufarm will highlight Sure Power Selective Herbicide, a new standard in weed control, that provides fast early-season and late-season control of more than 250 challenging broadleaf weeds.
“In many ways, we’re seeing Sure Power take the professional lawn and landscape market by storm. It’s an exciting new label that is producing excellent cleanup of typically tough challenges like ground ivy and wild violet,” said Sean Casey, Nufarm VP Turf and Ornamental Sales.
GIE attendees can visit Nufarm booth #22110 to tour a live display of wild violet takedown. Presentations will take place Thursday, Oct. 18 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. with Jason Fausey, Ph.D. Visitors can also join the Sure Power interactive training experience during all booth hours.
The first 15 Sure Power training participants will receive a Nufarm “Power Pack,” including a solar-charged power bank.
Attendees can alternatively earn the power prize (while supplies last) by registering for Nufarm Edge Rewards, the 2019 early order program, at the booth. View eligible products and use the Nufarm Edge Rewards Calculator to review your savings potential at the booth.
GIE attendees can claim a gift for visiting Project Evergreen’s Green Care for Troops at booth #365 and visiting its sponsors, including Nufarm. GreenCare for Troops connects green industry professionals with opportunities to volunteer lawn and landscaping services to help deserving military families with a deployed service member.
Also at the Nufarm booth, a live drawing will be held on Oct. 19 at 11:00 a.m. for a portable jump starter.
NORCROSS, Ga.,– Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas announced a variety of improvements to its 3-1/2-ton class Hyundai R35Z-9A compact excavator, designed to provide
"The new improvements to our popular R35Z-9A are the result of valuable input from our VOC (Voice of the Customer) meeting conducted last year with North American dealers and customers,” said Corey Rogers, marketing manager, Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas. “Hyundai conducts frequent competitive comparison tests and annual VOC meetings with dealers and customers to improve current machine models and contribute to the development of new products. Hyundai greatly values our customers’ ideas and feedback, and we strive to make our products responsive to their needs."
New standard features include a Werk Brau-compatible thumb bracket, a diverter valve for easy switching between a thumb or attachment, proportional control levers with two-way piping, pin-grabber style dual-locking quick coupler and O/C piping, enhanced bucket design with lifting-eye and two-piece tooth design for easy replacement, increased curve profile on dozer blade for better grade and cutting ability, an easily replaceable cutting edge to the dozer blade, a wider opening engine compartment, and a durable centered boom LED work light for improved
Other enhancements. “The R35Z-9A new improvements combine to make this bullet-proof designed machine one of the best compact excavators on the market,” Rogers said. “This machine embodies all the characteristics that deliver what we call ‘the Hyundai Edge’ in performance, convenience, serviceability
The R35Z-9A model features a fuel efficient Yanmar engine producing 23.7 hp (17.7 kW), large cab with air conditioning, suspension seat and fold-up travel pedals for enhanced floor space. The machine’s boom swing capability allows the operator to offset the boom 75 degrees to the left and 50 degrees to the right, facilitating close work alongside foundations and other structures, especially in congested areas.
Maximum digging depth is 10 ft 3 in (3 135 mm). Bucket breakout force is 6,900