Brickman Group hasn't wasted any time since being acquired by private-equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts in December. According to a source, the company acquired Metheny Commercial Lawn Maintenance in Dallas. Stay tuned to www.lawnandlandscape.com throughout the week as we learn more. You can also follow us on Twitter @lawnlandscape
West Dundee, Ill. -- Bob Weerts, President of Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) has announced that Melanie Stanton has accepted the position of executive director and will begin her duties effective January 13, 2014.
Melanie comes to TPI from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) in Arlington Heights, Illinois where she served as accreditation manager. While at ASPS, Melanie secured an unprecedented six-year accreditation which allowed the Society to more efficiently allocate staff resources to other projects and to secure outside funding for programs and worked with groups to develop and implement flexible long-term planning that helped them to impact public policy.
Prior to that, Melanie enjoyed a successful career with The Sherwood Group in Northbrook, Illinois initially serving as their administrative director before being promoted to account executive. She also previously served as meeting manager for ACCESS Medical Group in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University.
"We are pleased to welcome Melanie to the TPI team," says Weerts. "We believe her management, association experience and customer service capabilities will assist TPI with accelerated growth, strategic direction and membership communications in the immediate future. Melanie will be in contact with all TPI members, manufacturers and suppliers in the next few months as she transitions into this leadership position. Ms. Stanton will be introduced to the Association at the TPI 2014 International Education Conference and Field Day in Orlando, Florida, February 24-27, 2014."
For more information, please contact 847-649-5555 or go to www.turfgrasssod.org
STIHL Battery-Powered Trimmer
Innovative 36-volt lithium-ion battery technology provides gasoline-free, zero-exhaust-emission and cordless electric power, delivering savings on time and fuel and helping trim yards and the carbon footprint.
STIHL FSA 85 Battery Trimmer – This professional, straight-shaft grass trimmer is ideal for jobs in densely populated and noise-restricted areas; and with zero exhaust emissions, it is a great choice for universities, municipalities and professionals looking to reduce their impact on the environment. The FSA 85 is five times quieter than the STIHL gasoline-powered equivalent. When used with the STIHL AR 900 backpack battery, the trimmer delivers extended run times of up to 160 minutes.
*Note: Run time on a single battery charge can vary based on battery type, charge level, tool model, operating conditions, user operating style and remaining battery capacity.
STIHL Gasoline-Powered Trimmers
STIHL has a wide selection of versatile, long-running trimmers that keep landscapers on top of their cutting game. STIHL uses a variety of engine technologies to provide powerful, lightweight equipment to tackle any cutting task.
STIHL FS 94 R Trimmer – The STIHL FS 94 R 24.1 cc professional trimmer gives users a durable 2-stroke engine performance, while offering new features and a loop handle to simplify landscaping tasks. The FS 94 R is the lightest weight trimmer in the STIHL professional line, at just above 10 lbs., helping pros work longer without tiring. Optimal power-to-weight ratio increases maneuverability around trees, shrubs and other objects in residential and commercial landscapes.
STIHL FS 240 R Trimmer – The STIHL FS 240 R 37.7 cc professional trimmer combines a heavy-duty design with the versatility needed to handle a variety of challenging clearing situations. The low-exhaust-emission engine, combined with the large (25.4 oz.) fuel tank, means more time cutting and less time refueling. The FS 240 R is an ideal addition to any professional crew charged with cutting around ponds, along canals, in roadside ditches, and through heavy thickets
The new STIHL FS 94 R professional trimmer offers features to simplify landscaping tasks in a powerful 2-stroke engine package. The FS 94 R debuts as the lightest trimmer in the STIHL professional line and features one of the best power-to-weight ratios in its class. At just above 10 lbs., the FS 94 R combines performance, portability and innovation to help pros tackle large jobs with less fatigue.
The FS 94 R is equipped with the unique ECOSPEED throttle adjustment wheel, allowing users to set the most effective speed for a particular application, such as low throttle around flower beds and high throttle to cut through thick grass and weeds. It does all of this with stable engine operation and performance throughout the RPM range while delivering the maneuverability needed to navigate around obstacles and power to get the job done.
“Combined with a high-powered, low-exhaust-emission engine, the lightweight, durable FS 94 R is designed for the user who prefers a 2-stroke engine,” said STIHL Inc. product manager Marv Mathwig. “With quick starts and a semiautomatic choke lever that helps prevent flooding, this is an ideal go-to tool for everyday landscaping use.”
A high-durability drive shaft with 4-bearing gearbox stands up to tough jobs by providing smooth operation and less vibrations. The reliable TapAction™ AUTOCUT® 25-2 head comes standard and feeds the double nylon trimmer line with a quick touch on the cutting head. The “R” designation signifies a loop handle, which is ideal for trimming in areas where space is limited.
For more information on STIHL products, visit www.stihlusa.com.
Conference Title: “Designing Paradise: Creating Gardens with Hedges, Walls, and Fences”
Organization: Connecticut Chapter of The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLDCT)
Date: Wednesday March 5, 2014
Location: Courtyard by Marriott
4 Sebethe Drive
Cromwell, CT 06416
Time: 8:30 – 4:00
Speakers: Robert Thorson (UCONN), Bonnie Gale (Living willow hedges), Dan Snow (Stone mason), Matthew Willinger (Lead designer, Doyle Herman Associates), plus we expect to add one more speaker.
Cost: Early bird (prior to Feb 5, 2014) APLD member - $60.00 Non APLD Member - $75.00
Feb 5, to week of event APLD member - $80.00 Non APLD Member - $95.00
Amenities: Continental breakfast, buffet Lunch, and coffee/tea included
Discounted room rates available
Sponsorship: Sponsorship opportunities available – This event is being marketed to Green industry professionals In the Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts area.
For more information on attending or sponsorship, please contact
Board member APLDCT and Conference co-chair
Blue Heron Landscape Design