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Redexim Announces New Staff Members

Redexim Turf Products, the factory direct store for Redexim North America, announced the addition of two new staff members, Jeff Clinite and Grant Rundblade. Clinite, formerly of MTI Distributing, will manage inside sales and the new retail Web site. Rundblade, who previously worked at Alpine Hills Golf Course, will cover the Chicago area as a salesperson.

Seed Research Supplies Seed for World Cup

Seed Research of Oregon supplied turfgrass seed to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa stadiums. The company was the supplier of the vast majority of the turfgrass blend used in the seeding and overseeding of the official event stadiums and practice pitches, in conjunction with Agricol, its South African distributor. Seed Research of Oregon was founded in 1983 and develops, produces and distributes turfgrass and forage crop seeds.

Agrium Moves Production, Promotes Novak

Agrium Advanced Technologies has moved manufacturing of its Nitroform slow-release fertilizer product line to the production facility in Courtright, Ont. Now all three of its non-coated product lines are manufactured in the same facility, allowing the company to ensure high quality control standards and better manage costs.

Agrium promoted Jeff Novak to vice president of marketing and innovation. He joined the company in 2009 as senior director of marketing through the CPS acquisition of UAP. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the fertilizer and agricultural products business.

Rain Bird Launches Program, Receives Certification

Rain Bird Services Corp. has launched a new certification training program for experienced irrigators that is not manufacturer-specific. The Rain Bird Certified Residential & Light Commercial Installer program was designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a WaterSense-labeled certification program.

Rain Bird’s SMRT-Y Soil Moisture Sensor and the WR2 Wireless Rain Sensor were both evaluated and certified by Australia’s Smart Approved WaterMark program. Smart Approved WaterMark is a nonprofit organization that is setting an international standard for the identification of water-saving products. The sensors are also undergoing testing by the Irrigation Association’s Smart Water Application Technologies initiative, with the goal of having them certified by the EPA’s WaterSense program.

FieldTurf and EasyTurf Join Forces

FieldTurf and EasyTurf have formed a joint venture in order to reaffirm their leadership positions in the artificial landscaping marketplace. EasyTurf, a longtime distributor of FieldTurf’s products, will become the national brand of FieldTurf’s landscape, pets, playground and golf artificial grass products. FieldTurf has over 6,000 full-sized sports field installations worldwide.

Ostara and HRSD Unveil New Facility

Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, Inc. and the Hampton Roads Sanitation District officially unveiled HRSD’s new Struvite Recovery Facility at its Nansemond Treatment Plant in Suffolk, Va. HRSD uses Pearl technology, developed by Ostara, to recover excess nutrients from wastewater and transform them into a fertilizer called Crystal Green. HRSD will offset the cost of producing Crystal Green by selling all of the fertilizer produced at the facility to Ostara, which will be responsible for marketing and sales.