NIN’s charter partner, John Minutaglio, 63, aka John Mini, lost his 9-month battle with cancer this weekend. His business partner, Jack Harris, will continue to operate the business, John Mini Distinctive Landscapes. You can read more about Minutaglio here.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Engines and Power Products Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. has tapped a team member at the Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A. facility in Maryville, Mo. to fill the open position of applications engineer. The announcement naming Jeff Streit to the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) interface position was made by Troy Smith, Applications Engineering Supervisor.
An experienced engineer and member of the Society of Automotive Engineers since 1995, Streit has responsibility for coordinating new product development between Kawasaki and the OEMs with whom the company has ongoing relationships.
Among his daily assignments will be conducting application reviews with the OEMs, providing technical support for developing new engine specifications, and working with OEM counterparts in support of field testing. He will also have primary responsibility for the investigation of application-related engine issues.
Streit began his career with Kawasaki in 2006, joining the manufacturing operations as a Senior Engineer in the Research and Development group. He had responsibility for new test projects, working with both outside contractors and vendors as well as internal Kawasaki departments. He has worked on several projects evaluating engine performance and durability, both with single and v-twin, air-cooled carbureted and digital fuel-injection models.
Before joining Kawasaki’s Maryville team, Streit was a Lead Engine Builder and Test Engineer for ASEC Manufacturing in Flint, Mich., where he spent six years in numerous facets of engine design and development.
“Jeff brings to our organization a depth of knowledge that will provide a valuable level of support to our OEM partners,” Smith said. “He blends technical know-how and an ability to foster relationships that will fit well with our existing team.”
The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF) and Keynote Address presenting partner, Syngenta, are pleased to announce that former Ohio State football coach, Jim Tressel, will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 OTF Conference and Show being held December 3-5, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.
Tressel, a native of Mentor, Ohio, currently serves as the vice president of strategic engagement for the University of Akron. During his tenure at Ohio State, Tressel’s teams accumulated an overall record of 94 wins and 22 losses. A highlight of his coaching career at Ohio State includes an undefeated 2002 season, which was capped by a victory over the University of Miami in stunning fashion to win the BCS National Championship.
In addition, his Ohio State teams won seven Big Ten titles and appeared in a total of eight BCS bowl games. Prior to taking the helm at Ohio State, Tressel led Youngstown State to four Division I-AA national championships. During his coaching career, he received several awards including numerous Coach of the Year honors, a testament to his passion for teaching and coaching.
A proven leader, Jim Tressel is sure to captivate the audience with his message of teamwork and preparation. The Keynote Address presented by Syngenta will take place on Wednesday, December 4th as part of the Awards, Scholarships and Keynote presentation beginning at 1:00 pm on the tradeshow floor’s main stage.
For more information about the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Conference and Show, including exhibitor information, please visit www.otfshow.org or contact OTF at 614.285.4683.
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Honda has introduced an all-new, GXR120 general purpose engine, a model developed as a source of power for rammers – equipment used to compact soil or other granular material. Offered as a second power option to the rGX100 engine, the new GXR120 engine has been designed to provide superb durability and reliability for heavy-duty applications.
The Honda GXR120 is capable of meeting the high demands that rammers require of the engine, frame and operator. With a displacement of 121 cc, the engine can appropriately power 110-lb. to 175-lb. rammers at multiple altitudes with ease. Additionally, a new, special cast-iron cylinder sleeve and a high carbon-steel, dual-ball bearing crankshaft provide improved engine strength for rammer applications. To further enhance engine durability, the recoil starter and fan cover of the new GXR120 now are even more robust through the incorporation of steel in the design.
“Our new GXR120 engine has been developed to specifically provide the kind of power, fuel efficiency and easy operation that rammer products require,” said Michael Rickey, senior manager, Honda Engines. “The addition of the GXR120 to the Honda GX Series engines lineup delivers more value, versatility and performance to both our OEM customers and end users.”
When developing the GXR120 for the rammer marketplace, Honda engineers identified the need for a more compact and lightweight engine footprint to allow for more versatility in frame mounting. Using an Overhead Camshaft (OHC) orientation similar to the Honda GX100, Honda designers incorporated a maintenance-free, low-noise timing belt to create a smaller, lighter and quieter engine.
With the rammer machine operator in mind, Honda integrated several features into the design of the GXR120 that make it easy and comfortable to control. Since quiet operation and low noise are critical for these end users, the GXR120 includes a newly designed and very compact muffler, which is 22 mm (.87 inches) narrower than the muffler used as standard on the Honda GX100 engine.
This smaller muffler, combined with the OHC engine layout, reduces operation noise by 1dB over the current GX100 engine. In addition, a heavy-duty recoil starter, together with an automatic decompression system, allow for easy engine starting, while an Oil Alert feature prevents the engine from starting if the oil level is too low. Also, a simple but innovative lubrication system with a dual-breather chamber optimizes engine lubricating performance in most rammer operating conditions.
Honda is the world's largest manufacturer of engines, producing and marketing more engines globally than any other company through a diverse array of automotive, motorcycle, marine, and power equipment products. Honda Engines offers a complete line of small, general purpose engines for commercial, rental industry, and consumer applications. Honda engines supply smooth and dependable power for more than 3,000 different product applications including pressure washers, lawnmowers, rammers, and rescue and construction equipment.
MIAMI– The National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA), an organization and resource for Hispanics in the US landscape industry, has announced its new Board of Directors for the 2013-2014 term.
• President - Raul Berrios, President of Rulyscapes, Centreville, VA
• President-Elect - Juan Torres, vice president of Operations for Total Tree Care, Cheschire, Conn.
• Secretary - Pam Berrios, president of Alexandria Lawn Service, Alexandria, Va.
• Treasurer - Veronica de Hoyos, Director of Operations and HR, Lawn Management Co., Houston
• Past-President - Jesus “Chuy” Medrano, Owner of CoCal Landscape, Denver, Co.
Additional directors that will be joining the NHLA Board this year include: Arnulfo Lopez of Nature Safe Landcare (Gresham, Ore.) and Jose Cantu of Saw House Inc. (Houston). Other members who will resume their position as directors over the next term include Josh Denison of Denison Landscaping (Ft. Washington, Md.), Chance Lee Castillo and Frank Garza of Greener Pastures Landscapes (Dallas, Texas), Roger Phelps of STIHL, and Bill Behan of John Deere. Ralph Egües will continue to serve as the organization’s executive director.
Newly elected President, Raul Berrios, is a native of Bolivia and the owner of Rulyscapes in Centreville, Va. Berrios founded the company nine years ago after 25 years as a successful entrepreneur in other industries and describes his venture into landscaping as the perfect marriage of his skills as an entrepreneur and marketer with his passion for nature and the environment. Prior to pursuing a path in landscaping, Raul had various business ventures which included a retail shop, a catering company, and an international trade business that was active in the U.S. and in various South American countries.
“I am beyond humbled to serve as president of the NHLA. The organization has served as an important asset to me as a small businessman, exposing me to industry best practices, allowing me to plug into a national network of peers, greatly strengthening my relationships with top manufacturers, and providing me the opportunity to engage influential leaders in government and beyond,” Raul said.
“We've been able to do so much during our first two years together, and there's great enthusiasm for doing even more during the next two years as we continue to grow. I'm especially looking forward to our offering much needed workforce development programs.”