New Leadership at TigerTurf

TigerTurf Americas, Inc. has installed a new senior management team. Dave Powell now serves as president, supported by Greg Roscoe as vice president of sales and marketing and John “Doug” DeMasie, as vice president of operations. All are based at TigerTurf Americas headquarters in Austin, Texas.


Byrne & Jones completed an artificial turf field for Chaminade College Preparatory School in time for the school’s 100th anniversary.

Byrne & Jones Launches Sports Division

Byrne & Jones Construction, Inc. has launched Byrne & Jones Sports, a new division that will specialize in building and maintaining sports surfaces in a 10-state region. The firm has installed and maintained more than 1,000 athletic surfaces, including artificial and natural turf fields, polyurethane tracks and tennis courts. With an initial staff of 10, Byrne & Jones Sports will serve Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

News from Ariens

Ariens Co. has invested $3.8 million to expand its office and research and development facilities at 655 West Ryan St., Brillion, Wis. The project includes the addition of a geothermal heating and cooling system. The Plant 1 upgrade will include increased workstation capacity, a new employee “kaizen” learning center, a new food services area, new product development and testing labs, and a revamped main entrance.

Economist Brian Beaulieu has accepted a position on the Ariens board of directors. He is a principal and CEO of the Institute for Trend Research, where his focus is research into using business cycle analysis and forecasts to increase business profits. He is also a principal and managing partner of ITR Capital Partners and chief economist for Vistage International.

Lebanon Acquires PHC Division

Lebanon Seaboard Corp. announced that it has acquired the U.S. horticultural and turf division of Plant Health Care, Inc. In addition to the PHC brands that had been marketed through the company’s horticultural and turf division, several PHC executives and sales personnel will join LebanonTurf, the professional division of Lebanon Seaboard.

News from Toro

The Toro Co. recognized Casey Dallas as the recipient of its annual Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program. In partnership with the National Football League, Dallas was on-site during Super Bowl XLV to help the grounds crew prepare the field. He is a student at Kansas State University working toward a bachelor’s degree in agriculture.

Toro selected Chase Straw and Tom Serensits as recipients of the 13th annual James R. Watson Scholarship. Straw recently earned his bachelor’s degree in turfgrass science from the University of Kentucky and plans to attend graduate school. Serensits, a graduate student at Pennsylvania State University, is working on his doctorate degree in agronomy.

FMC Announces Segway Winter Incentive

FMC Professional Solutions announced the Segway Fungicide Winter Incentive, which offers a rebate of $20 per unit for purchases of six bottles or more of Segway fungicide until March 31, 2011. Plus, sports turf managers get extended terms until June 2011 on all Segway purchases during this promotional period.

Rain Bird Announces Call for Entries

Rain Bird’s 2011 Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition is now accepting entries from amateur and experienced filmmakers who want to raise awareness of the need for effective, efficient and responsible water use. A judging panel of film and water experts will review films submitted via the competition’s website, www.iuowfilm.com. Finalists will win a trip to Los Angeles, where they will be guests at a formal screening event hosted by wildlife expert Jack Hanna. Following the screening, two winners will be announced and awarded cash prizes of $6,000 for the Jury Award and $3,000 for the Audience Choice Award. The deadline for submission is August 1.

Floratine Launches Turf Nutrition Resource

Floratine Products Group launched a comprehensive new website, www.floratine.com, that provides turf managers with a wide range of resources to make identifying foliar and soil-based solutions easier and more efficient. In addition to technical sheets for Floratine’s complete product portfolio, the site also provides university research studies and a nutrient guide that defines key macronutrients and micronutrients and their effect on turfgrass health. The site also includes “Dr. Tom’s Corner,” which spotlights timely advice and trends from Dr. Tom Watschke, professor emeritus of turfgrass science at Pennsylvania State University.

Milberger Retires From King Ranch

Arthur Milberger retired from King Ranch Turfgrass and has agreed to continue to work with the company on a consulting basis. Milberger has spent the bulk of his life working in the turfgrass industry.

Scotts to Sell Global Professional Business

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. announced that it has received a binding offer from ICL to acquire the shares and substantially all the assets of its Global Professional business for $270 million. The Global Professional business markets professional products for ornamental horticulture, turf applications and specialty agriculture in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. The U.S. professional seed business is not included in the offer.

New Jersey Man Wins Vanguard Power Chase

Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power announced Justin Joerman as the winner of the Vanguard Power Chase. Joerman won a four-day trip for two to Daytona Beach, Fla. Joerman is from Kearny, N.J., and is a branch leader for SavATree.