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Wright Names New President

Wright Manufacturing has named Shawn Wolf president. Wolf came to Wright with over 10 years of executive experience. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, a master’s in management and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in strategic leadership.

Jacobsen Welcomes Turfgrass Students

Jacobsen recently opened its doors to local high school students studying turfgrass management in a program designed to prepare them for career opportunities. The students were from Nation Ford High School, Fort Mill, S.C., one of a few public high school programs designed to teach the skills needed for success in the turf industry.

Jacobsen’s management team gave the students a guided tour of the headquarters and manufacturing plant. Students saw how turf equipment is manufactured, tested and prepared for distribution.

Brock USA Changes Name

Due to the growth of Brock USA in Europe and around the globe, the company has changed their name to Brock International. Brock is a drainage and impact layer that replaces the stone and pads commonly used under synthetic turf.

Toro Names Scholarship Winners

The Toro Company has named Sara Camuso and Nicholas McKenna as recipients of the 2008 James R. Watson scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to students who are planning a career in the sports turf industry.

Camuso is a senior majoring in turfgrass sciences at Pennsylvania State University. She has worked for the Valentine Turfgrass Research Center and the Beaver Stadium grounds crew and was an intern at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

McKenna attends Virginia Tech, specializing in crop soils and environmental science/sports turf. He is a graduate research assistant and is currently in charge of the soccer and lacrosse facilities at Virginia Tech.

Bachelor’s Degree to be Offered at SUNY Cobleskill

The New York State Education Department has approved the awarding of a new bachelor’s degree in turfgrass management at SUNY Cobleskill. The bachelor of technology in turfgrass management: sports turf management focuses on the cultivation and management of specialty grasses for sports fields and recreation areas. The new degree program will include rigorous coursework in the field. The college received support for its application from the New York State Turfgrass Association.

Lindsay Corp. Acquires Watertronics

Watertronics, Inc. has announced the completion of its acquisition by Lindsay Corp., a provider of irrigation systems and infrastructure products. Watertronics will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Lindsay Corp. The management team of Watertronics will remain largely intact, with the exception of the retirement of company president Richard G. Reinders.

GeneralSports Venue Selected by U.S. Communities

GeneralSports Venue, the exclusive U.S. licensee of AstroTurf brand, has been awarded the synthetic turf and other athletic surfaces contract by U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance (U.S. Communities). U.S. Communities is a nonprofit organization that helps government agencies, school districts, higher education and other nonprofits reduce the cost of purchased goods by pooling the purchasing power of public agencies nationwide.