Chemical Concepts Helps Transform Playground

Members of The Philadelphia Eagles organization joined the students of Wister Elementary School in Philadelphia to transform the school’s playground. Hundreds gathered to build a turf playing field by Sprinturf, Inc. Turf-Set 718 synthetic turf adhesive, from Chemical Concepts of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., was used while constructing this field. The annual Playground Build, organized by the Eagles Youth Partnership, brought together about 500 Eagles employees, 300 students and 100 volunteers.

Buffalo Turbine Assigns Bader & Sons in Michigan

Buffalo Turbine has reached an agreement with Bader & Sons Co., central Michigan’s largest John Deere dealer. Bader & Sons will handle all new golf and turf sales for the Buffalo Turbine product line in the state of Michigan, including parts and service, using all six of its locations.

Toro Extends Partnership, Helps Build Playground

Toro announced that it has renewed its agreement with the U.S. Soccer Foundation. Toro will continue to be a member of the foundation’s Partners Resource Center as the official supporter for turfgrass maintenance equipment. The company will support the foundation’s mission to provide children in economically disadvantaged communities with easy and affordable access to quality soccer programs.

For five consecutive years, Toro, the Minnesota Vikings and KaBOOM! have teamed up to build new playgrounds for Twin Cities communities. This year, more than 250 volunteers gathered to construct a new, contemporary playground at Nellie Stone Johnson Community School in North Minneapolis during a one-day build event.

Gravely Raises Money for Cancer Research

Gravely produced a pink Pro-Turn mower, dubbed “Pinky,” to help raise money for breast cancer research. Until October 23, 2010, consumers can buy raffle tickets as the mower travels to Georgia dealers, fairs, trade shows and other locations. One person will win Pinky at the conclusion of the fundraiser.

Neptune Names New VP/GM

Neptune Chemical Pump Co. announced that Ralph Gessner has assumed the position of vice president and general manager. Most recently, he worked for Hydro Systems Co. and Nova Controls. Gessner earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from California State University, Long Beach, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

NERTF Elects New Officers

The New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation announced that Michael A. Buras has been elected as the 14th president for 2010-2011. He is head grounds superintendent at Longwood Cricket Club, Chestnut Hill, Mass., and has served on the NERTF board of directors since 2005. Robert A. Matthews will continue to serve as immediate past president, and Christopher Cowan will serve as vice president. Roderick W. Blake will serve as treasurer for a second year, and Scott Cybulski will serve as secretary for the next two years.

Other board members include John Clark, James H. Connelly, Anthony Grosso, James Hodge, Ted Maddocks, Steve Mann, William Morton, Philip Neaton, Mark Richard, Robert Ruzala and Michael Stachowicz. Mary Owen and Dr. Noel Jackson serve in an advisory capacity.

ASBA to Offer Technical Meeting

The American Sports Builders Association has scheduled its annual Technical Meeting for December 5-7 at the Marriott Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The meeting will include state-of-the-art sessions on advanced technique in sports facility design, construction and materials, as well as “how-to” programs for those who want a more hands-on approach. There will also be social events, golf and tennis tournaments, board and committee meetings, award presentations, exams and more. For more information, visit