TurfTime Acquires Thatch Master

TurfTime Equipment, LLC has acquired the Thatch Master line from Turf Specialties. Thatch Master will be added to TurfTime’s current line of topdressers, infield groomers and sports field rollers, and the company will continue to support Art Lewis’ customers through the existing distribution network.

Hunter-Welborn Returns to Hunter Industries

Ann Hunter-Welborn has returned to Hunter Industries as vice president of human resources. She was active in the business from 1983 to 1995, having taught special education prior to that period. She will continue to serve as chair of the board of directors.

Tarkett Acquires Atlas

Tarkett Sports has acquired Atlas Track & Tennis, which builds synthetic running tracks and tennis courts. Coupled with the previous purchase of Beynon Sports Surfaces and Defargo, Tarkett has significantly expanded its track installation capability in North America.

Turf Pride Expands Production

Turf Pride announced an expansion of its production of the new Ultra Blade to include certain models of John Deere, Toro and Jacobsen/Textron rotary mowers. The Ultra Blade is a super-thin rotary blade made of nickel, chrome and carbon steel.

Wiedenmann Receives STC Certification

Wiedenmann North America has received certification from the Synthetic Turf Council. The certification will be in effect until July 2011, when the company will be able to apply to have it renewed.

Johnsonville Sausage Renews Corporate Partnership

Aquarius Sports Group renewed the corporate partnership between Johnsonville Sausage and D.C. United. Johnsonville will be a sponsor of D.C. United and RFK Stadium for the remainder of the 2009 and the 2010 seasons.

Plaisted to be Target Field Supplier

Plaisted Companies was recognized as the official supplier of the aggregate and specialty soils required to build the playing surface at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn. Plaisted products, mined in Elk River, Minn., will be used to form the base layers of the field, including clean select fill created to serve as a base layer, specialty-sized pea gravel to facilitate quick drainage and an engineered soil mix consisting of a specially designed sand/peat mix for the turf rootzone.

Turf Intelligence Formed

Turf Intelligence LLC, a newly formed company, will focus on helping sports turf managers utilize data from measurement technology to optimize inputs and maintain consistently exceptional conditions. Services will include data mapping of fields for site analysis and management planning; assistance with the selection and implementation of measurement technology into maintenance programs; and formation and analysis of on-site research. Visit www.turfintel.com for more information.

Lebanon Acquires Roots, Supports Turfgrass Research

Lebanon Seaboard Corp. acquired the turf and landscape business from Novozymes. The business includes the Roots Turf brand of organic-based granular fertilizers, along with other nutritional complements.LebanonTurf, a division of Lebanon Seaboard Corp., presented a check for $280,556 to the Center for Turfgrass Science at Rutgers University as a royalty payment for the center’s help in developing several of the company’s top turfgrass varieties. LebanonTurf has been working with Rutgers since the early 1990s in support of its seed and turfgrass businesses.

Brookview Adds Synthetic Turf Maintenance

Brookview Turf Management, Zeeland, Mich., has added synthetic turf maintenance to its services. The company is a Certified Redexim Contractor and CSG Certified applicator, ready to handle the entire maintenance program for synthetic fields as recommended by the Synthetic Turf Council.

RESI Completes Work at TCF Bank Stadium

Rehbein Environmental Solutions, Inc. completed installation of the Environmental Passive Integrated Chamber stormwater management system and Netlon Advanced Turf System outside the new open-air University of Minnesota Gophers’ TCF Bank Stadium. The EPIC System stores and controls stormwater runoff, while Netlon ATS stabilizes soil, improves load-bearing capacity and reduces compaction.

BASF Discontinues Sales of Drive 75 DF

BASF Turf & Ornamentals will no longer sell Drive 75 DF herbicide to the professional turf and ornamentals market. The company will now focus on selling Drive XLR8, a liquid postemergent herbicide.