Incoming Irrigation Association president welcomed at show

Incoming Irrigation Association president welcomed at show

Ed Santalone Jr. helped honor award winners at the General Session as the 2019 Irrigation Association president.

December 7, 2018
Lauren Rathmell

The General Session for this year's Irrigation Show took on a new format, as current President Warren Gorowitz and CEO Deborah Hamlin discussed the association's achievements this past year.

Hamlin and Gorrowitz also welcomed the incoming president of the Irrigation Association, Ed Santalone, Jr. Santalone said he looks forward to another year of volunteers and hopes to see more membership and volunteers in the coming year.

“The members and the staff of this association are just incredible,” he says.

New Product Contest winners were also announced at the General Session. 58 products across five categories were analyzed by a panel of judges. The categories included ‘Specialty” products, or those that aren’t integral to the irrigation system, and products that are integral to an irrigation system.

Products were evaluated based on innovation, design quality, increased water and resource-use efficiency, ease of use and product life expectancy.

The TreeDiaper 36” Advanced Hydration Mat took the award in the landscape specialty category. The product uses absorbent polymers to store water and acts as a barrier between weeds and frost. The Tree Diaper is manufactured by Ecoturf Midwest.

In landscape irrigation, Great Plains Industries received the award for its FLOMEC QS200 Insertion Ultrasonic Flowmeter. With no moving parts, the device uses ultrasonic technology to measure flow versus sensing it. It is equipped with an LED indicator for power and flow activity.

Rounding out the awards, the landscape lighting award was given to the WiFi Smart MR-16 and PAR-36 lamps by Brilliance LED. The lamps are controlled by a smart phone and can be grouped or controlled individually. Users can change colors, dim and set timers for the lamps from any location.