The theme of Reinders 22nd Green Industry Conference, “Celebrating Our Past with Our Eyes on the Future,” was evident throughout the two day show, held on March 11th and 12th at the Waukesha Expo Center in suburban Milwaukee, WI.
The kickoff of the company’s 150th anniversary was celebrated with banners depicting significant company events, a historical video, plenty of retro music, a Skee-Ball tournament, and a continuing tradition of hot, homemade donuts for participants.
Over 35 seminars covered something for everyone in the green industry. Six different educational tracts ran simultaneously to meet the needs of sports turf managers, golf course superintendents, landscape contractors, lawn care operators, equipment mechanics and irrigation contractors.
Keynote speakers included Michael Boettcher, director of grounds for the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball club, who spoke about building a superior pitcher’s mound. Dale Getz of The Toro Company discussed cultural practices for managing athletic fields and Dr. Grady Miller of North Carolina State University examined the reasons some athletic fields fail. Dr. Leah Brilman of Seed Research enlightened attendees on current trends in seed breeding.
Show attendees participated in a scavenger hunt by visiting booths to find answers to questions. The winner, Paul Mayer, grounds specialist for the Franklin, Wisconsin Public School District won a drone and a camera.