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The Dennis mower factory.

Howardson Acquires Sisis

Howardson Ltd., the owner of Dennis Mowers, has acquired Sisis. Founded in 1932 and based in Macclesfield, U.K., Sisis has supplied professional grounds maintenance equipment worldwide, including in the U.S. through its approved distributor, CS Trading LLC, Liberty, S.C. Dennis, based in Derbyshire, U.K., has been producing mowers since 1922.

Stens Increases Fits Model Database

Stens has expanded its fits model database to include more than 320,000 equipment applications, making it easier to find parts for specific needs. The fits model database is a resource for parts fitting over 200 brands. Users can log in at and search by equipment model number to identify which parts Stens carries for that particular model, including air filters, belts, blades and more.

STC Offers Expanded Membership

The Synthetic Turf Council announced the creation of first-time ever individual memberships and adjusted several dues categories to promote as much inclusion as possible. In considering its membership priorities, the STC decided to facilitate the inclusion of three key business sectors of the industry: landscape architects, engineers and synthetic turf consultants; subbase contractors; and regional lawn and leisure installation companies. STC has created new categories of membership with full voting rights, membership privileges and dues schedules to accomplish this goal.

Armacell Plant Earns Safety Award

Armacell LLC, the maker of Armaflex foam insulation, announced that its plant in Mebane, N.C., has been recognized in the Occupational Health & Safety Administration’s Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program. SHARP status requires the lost workday incidence rate and injury incidence rate to be below the national average.

Bush Wins STMA Award

Bush Turf, Milan, Ill., received the Sports Turf Managers Association 2011 Innovative Award for the development of the Field Rover. This is the inaugural year for the awards honoring the best products, services, equipment or technology that most improve the sports turf management profession. Steve Bush and Kevin Vande Voorde developed the Field Rover, a 3-D measurement and grading system.

ASBA Calls for Awards Program Entries

The American Sports Builders Association is accepting applications for its annual awards program until June 1. The program honors outstanding design and construction in various types of athletic facilities. To be eligible for entry a facility must have been designed or built by an ASBA member company. Projects are scored individually based on considerations such as layout and design, site work, drainage, base construction, surface, amenities, innovation and overall impression. For more information, visit

Clean Water Services to Add Ostara Facility

Clean Water Services and Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, Inc. have partnered to install a nutrient recovery facility at Clean Water Services’ Rock Creek Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility in Hillsboro, Ore. This will be Ostara’s second installation of a commercial Pearl Nutrient Recovery System at a Clean Water Services facility. The Pearl 2000 reactors at Rock Creek will have the capacity to produce 1,200 tons of Crystal Green fertilizer every year.

Turf Diagnostics Signs Service Agreements

Turf Diagnostics has signed service agreements to improve service to clients in Texas and Colorado. Turf Materials, Inc. will represent the company’s field hardness testing services throughout the state of Texas, while G&S Solutions will cover Colorado. Field hardness evaluations include shock absorption properties, head injury criteria and other crucial field assessment information.

From left, Ric Stone, Jacobsen vice president of sales; Walt McMahon and Debbie Nipper, Golf Ventures; and Chuck Greif, Jacobsen regional sales manager.

Jacobsen Announces Dealer of the Year

Golf Ventures, Inc. of Lakeland, Fla., was crowned the Jacobsen North American Dealer of the Year for 2010. The O.J. Co. Ltd. of Sherrington, Que., won the Dealer Service award, while Steven Terrell of Tri-State Pumps & Controls, Travis Hitt of RMT Equipment and George Corgan of Steven Willand, Inc. received individual Pace Setter awards.

Pioneer Announces Fields of Excellence Winners

Pioneer Athletics announced the winners of its 2010 Fields of Excellence awards. Pioneer selected 76 athletic fields from a pool of over 200 applicants. Two schools were honored with scholarships to give to a deserving student: Girard School District in Girard, Pa., and Richmond High School in Richmond, Mo. Visit to see the full list of winners.