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From left, Juergen Wiedenmann, Ralph Wiedenmann, Margit Liable and Will Wolverton.

Wiedenmann North America Receives Awards

Wiedenmann GmbH presented awards to the best distributors in its worldwide sales network, which spans 48 countries. Its North American distributor, Wiedenmann North America, LLC, received three awards: best developing importer for 2006 and importer of the year for both 2006 and 2007. On hand to receive the awards was Will Wolverton, general manager.

Clark Joins Wood Bay

Dave Clark has joined the regional sales staff of Wood Bay Turf Technologies. Clark comes to Wood Bay from Blackhawk Golf Club, Edmonton, Alb., and has 13 seasons’ experience in golf course maintenance. He also has a strong business background.

Golembiewski Takes Over as OSU Turf Director

Rob Golembiewski has replaced Tom Cook as the director of Oregon State University’s turf management program. Previously, he was head of the golf and turf management program at the Crookston campus of the University of Minnesota. He also launched Montana State University’s turf program and co-owned a landscaping company in Arizona. He holds the newly created N.B. and Jacqueline Giustina Professorship in turf management.

CI Holds Grand Opening

Tiger-Sul Products, Calgary, Alb., and Chemical Initiatives Ltd., Johannesburg, South Africa, announced the grand opening of the first international Tiger-Sul Products sulfur pastillation facility at CI’s Umbogintwini sulfuric acid plant in Durban, South Africa. Tiger-Sul, a wholly owned subsidiary of H.J. Baker & Bro., Inc., has licensed CI with the technology to produce its sulfur-based fertilizers and products. The new facility will supply the African continent and has been designed to meet the growing demand for sulfur and micronutrient fertilizers.

NaEx Announces New Uses for Soyaplex

NaEx Corp. announced that its all-natural Soyaplex fertilizer is now available and labeled for use on sports fields, commercial landscapes, home lawns, parks and all other turf applications. It also has agricultural labeling for use on food and nonfood crops in conventional and organic production. Soyaplex is made from 100 percent non-GMO, food-grade soybeans.

NYSTA Holds Winning Fields Seminar

The New York State Turfgrass Association’s Winning Fields Seminar was held at Alliance Bank Stadium’s AAA ballfield. The goal of the seminar is to increase awareness of the skills necessary to maintain safe, high-quality scholastic and municipal sports turf. Alliance Bank Stadium’s head groundskeeper, Wes Ganobcik, and grounds crew hosted and presented sessions at the event. Program speakers Dr. Norman Hummel, Hummel & Co., Inc., and Dominic Morales, SUNY Delhi, presented sessions on construction planning, aerification practices and equipment demonstrations.

Agrotain Presents GPS Unit to Hood

As part of a UFLEXX promotion held during the 2008 Green Industry Expo, Agrotain International presented a Garmin nüvi 750 GPS system to James Hood, owner of Weeds & Seeds, LLC, Louisville, Ky. Hood was one of 3,000 entrants in the drawing and plans to use the unit to plan routes more effectively.

Lebanon Acquires Emerald Isle Line from Milliken

Lebanon Seaboard Corp. has acquired the Emerald Isle line of foliar and other granular fertilizer products from Milliken Chemical, a division of Spartanburg, S.C.-based Milliken & Co. Lebanon will continue to work with Ocean Organics, Waldoboro, Maine, to produce key ingredients in the Emerald Isle formulations.

Turfgrass Developer Riley Passes Away

Rod Riley, an Australian turfgrass developer, has passed away. He is best known in the United States as the developer of Celebration Bermudagrass. Riley worked to develop varieties with consistent texture, darker color, better fall color retention and shade and drought tolerance. Celebration was originally released in Australia as Riley’s Super Sport.

Kioti Announces 5-Paw Certified Dealerships

Kioti Tractor unveiled a new 5-Paw Dealer Excellence Certification Program at its annual dealer meeting. The program features five evaluation areas: sales, service and parts, customer satisfaction, issue resolution and facility appearance. The following dealers have earned certification for the program’s first year (October 1, 2008, to September 30, 2009): Atrac Co., LLC; Burr Farm Machine, Inc.; C. Smith & Son Farm Equipment; County Tractor & Equipment; Equipements G. Gagnon, Inc.; Hepson Equipment, Inc.; Holtsclaw Sales & Service; Hoover Tractor, Inc.; Irrigation-Mart, Inc.; Little Tractor & Equipment, Inc.; Lynch Equipment Co., LLC; Michigan Iron & Equipment, LLC; Mountaineer Power Equipment; Off Duty Ranch, Inc.; Paige Tractors, Inc.; Perryville Outdoor Products; R.E. Egger Truck & Machine; Riley Equipment Sales; Rivera’s Machinery, Inc.; S&R Turf & Irrigation Equipment; S and W Feed & Supply, Inc.; Tri-County Supply, Inc.; and Whittemore & Sons.

Reebok Teams Up with GeneralSports Venue

Reebok and GeneralSports Venue have joined forces to study the interaction between athletic footwear and field surfaces. The goal of the research collaboration is to help improve athlete performance and reduce injury risk through the development of better shoes and synthetic sports surfaces. The research will be conducted at various venues nationwide, including on a GameDay Grass 3D surface from AstroTurf installed at Reebok’s global headquarters in Canton, Mass.

Minute Maid Park Upgrades Field Sod

Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas, home of the Houston Astros, became the first facility to install Turf Ecosystems, LLC’s Platinum TE paspalum. Astros groundskeepers, led by Dan Bergstrom, director of Major League field operations, rolled out 2.3 acres of the new sod.

Platinum TE paspalum was installed at Minute Maid Park.