This month's magazine features our 2021 State of the Industry Report! Hear how the year has been going for contractors across the country, what rising fuel prices have forced some to do and how the lingering impacts of COVID-19 are still causing problems.
KENT, Ohio — The Davey Tree Expert Company has promoted Scott Morris to district manager of Davey’s Albany Residential/Commercial (R/C) services office.
“In Scott’s previous role, he took on many duties all while providing high-level client experiences and maintaining a very successful office,” said Andrew Cunniff, market manager, Northlands R/C operations. “His focus on safety leadership and maintenance shows he prioritizes the team and the clients they serve, which exemplifies that he will be a great leader for our Albany office.”
Morris started his career at Davey in 2009 as an intern and later held positions of plant health care technician and sales and service technician. In 2012, he was promoted to sales and service coordinator and in 2014 to sales arborist for the Albany R/C office. In 2018, Morris was promoted to assistant district manager of the same office. He has been a crucial component in the advancement of Davey’s plant health care business within his market.
In 2012, Morris graduated from the Davey Institute of Tree Sciences, which is Davey’s flagship training program in biological sciences, safety, tree and plant care and management techniques.
Morris is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist and holds an ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification. He also holds a New York commercial applicators license in multiple categories. Morris earned his bachelor’s degree in plant science from State University of New York Cobleskill.
MAUMEE, Ohio – The Andersons, Inc. announces the addition of Jay Houle to serve as territory manager for the Turf and Specialty Business. Houle will manage the distribution of the business’s turf and ornamental products in the Northeast Region of the United States.
Houle has more than 20 years of experience in the lawn and landscaping industry. He brings a wealth of previous experience from working in distribution and manufacturing with companies such as Valley Green, Exacto, and Eco-Pak. Houle received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Rhode Island.
“We are very excited to have Jay join our Turf and Specialty Products team,” said Tony Goldsby, director of sales for The Andersons. “Jay’s vast experience in both the green industry and customer sales will make him a valuable resource for serving our customers in the NE.”
Houle resides in Dayville, CT, with his wife and two sons. He can be reached at 959-929-7988 or at email@example.com.
Bayer AG won its first trial over claims its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer after a California jury found that the herbicide was not a substantial cause of a child's rare form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the company said on Tuesday.
Destiny Clark alleged that her son, Ezra, developed Burkitt's lymphoma after he was exposed to Roundup which she sprayed on weeds at the family residence.
The verdict is the fourth involving Roundup and the first in the company's favor.
Roundup-related lawsuits have dogged Bayer since it acquired the brand as part of its $63 billion purchase of agricultural seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto in 2018.
Bayer said in a statement the verdict was consistent with decades of science and research showing the safety of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup.
"While we have great sympathy for Ezra Clark and his family, the jury carefully considered the science applicable to this case and determined that Roundup was not the cause of his illness," the company said.
An attorney for Clark said they will consider an appeal.
"We're disappointed for the boy and his family," said Fletcher Trammel. "We have multiple Roundup cases set across the country over the next year and look forward to trying them."
Two of the other three verdicts are still being appealed by Bayer, including one the company hopes will be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court, where a ruling for Bayer could effectively end the Roundup cases.
The company has settled around 96,000 Roundup cases of about 125,000.
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ROSWELL, Ga. – SiteOne Landscape Supply is launching its new, exclusive LESCO renovation products, including the Pro-Aer 30 and Pro-Aer 36 stand-on aerators, Pro-Aer 24 walk aerator and the Renovator 24 seeder. The new lineup helps landscapers enhance the look of lawns by adding oxygen to soil, filling in bare spots, improving density of turf, improving grass variety and color and more.
“The addition of the new line of LESCO renovation products truly makes SiteOne a one-stop-shop for all turf maintenance and improvement needs,” said Nick Schomer, senior category manager of equipment at SiteOne. “This exclusive new line of products, combined with excellent financing options through SiteOne, offer a unique opportunity for landscape professionals.”
The Pro-Aer 30 and Pro-Aer 36 models are highly productive commercial stand-on aerators, available both with or without a seed box, featuring a chain-free design to eliminate the cost and hassle of expensive breakdowns. Powered by a robust Vanguard V-twin engine, the LESCO renovation units are supported by a 3-year commercial limited warranty. The integrated seed box model eliminates the need for post-aeration seed application to complete projects in one easy pass, reducing the need to return and reapply seed.
Powered by a Honda 10.5 hp engine, the Pro-Aer 24 walk model features dual-hydros for easy operation and increased productivity. Robust design utilizes sealed chains, hard linkages and easy tine access.
The Renovator 24 seeder is a powerful and productive powerseeder, featuring a dual-hydro static drive and counter-rotating blades to cut through even the toughest of soil conditions.
“In addition to the new renovation products, SiteOne will also soon be launching a line of application equipment available in select regions in 2021 and nationwide in 2022,” said Schomer.
Visit the SiteOne outdoor booth during GIE-EXPO (Booth No. 7428D) — Oct. 20-22 in Louisville, Kentucky to demo the new LESCO overseeder or aerator and receive 5% off any LESCO equipment purchase by Nov. 30, 2021.
Retail financing programs are also available through Sheffield Financial. Learn more at SiteOne.com/LESCO-Financing. Schedule a demonstration of a new LESCO overseeder or aerator by contacting the nearest SiteOne branch.