Want to keep up with the latest news in sports and athletic field management? Read a quick recap of recent happenings in the industry.

Craig Sampsell Joins Diamond Pro

Craig Sampsell, former head groundskeeper for the Albuquerque Isotopes, has joined Diamond Pro, a division of Trinity Industries, Inc. Diamond Pro provides professional groundskeeping products to the sports field industry, including infield conditioners, mound clays and more. Sampsell is a national member of the STMA.

Briggs & Stratton Acquires Ground Logic

Briggs & Stratton Corp. has acquired the assets of Ground Logic, Inc. The transaction closed Dec. 11, 2017. Lincoln, Nebraska-based Ground Logic designs and manufactures premium stand-on commercial spreaders and spreader/sprayers used to apply fertilizer and pesticide/herbicide to lawns. The products are targeted to consumer and commercial customers maintaining medium and large properties. Briggs did not reveal the financial terms of the transaction. It was financed with cash on hand, and the company does not expect the deal to have a significant impact on its 2018 profit or cash flows.

CAT Introduces Its First Inverter Generator

Caterpillar is expanding its Home and Outdoor Power product line with the introduction of a portable inverter generator. Inverter technology is a first in Caterpillar’s long history of power generation. Caterpillar engineers designed the Cat INV2000 with consumer usability features, like an easy start switch, along with professional performance and safety features (OSHA compliant GFCI), making it a versatile generator for both contractor and recreation use. Caterpillar will also offer a parallel kit, enabling users to connect two INV2000 units together, to double power output.