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Schattinger Elected to STC Board/Executive Committee

Doug Schattinger, president of Pioneer Athletics, was elected to the Synthetic Turf Council’s board of directors and executive committee. The STC serves as a neutral source to encourage, promote, facilitate and communicate a better understanding between all parties of the essential elements required in the selection, delivery and use of synthetic turf systems that will result in greater end user satisfaction.

Stens’ 2011 catalog.

Stens Offers 2011 Catalog

Stens’ 2011 catalog features over 6,000 parts and includes over 300 new product additions. It contains easy-to-use tabs by product categories, search capabilities by OEM and competitor part numbers, equipment and engine model quick reference charts and an easy-to-find new products section. For more information, call 800-457-7444 or visit www.stens.com.

Wiedenmann Announces New Distributors

Wiedenmann North America, LLC announced five new distributors authorized to carry the full line of Wiedenmann professional turf equipment. The new distributors are Arizona Machinery, Avondale, Ariz.; Beard Equipment, Mobile, Ala.; Mid Cal Tractor, Stockton, Calif.; ShowTurf, Boynton Beach, Fla.; and Turf Equipment & Irrigation, Midvale, Utah.

Wood Bay Appoints Distributors

Wood Bay Turf Technologies appointed five distributors in North America. The new distributors include B. Hayman Co., Waipahu, Hawaii; MTI Distributing, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, northern South Dakota, western Wisconsin, western Illinois and Missouri; Par West Turf Services, Huntington, Calif.; G.C. Duke Equipment Ltd., Ontario; and Stephenson Equipment Ltd., Manitoba and northwest Ontario.

Sprinturf, Limonta Enter Partnership

Sprinturf and Limonta Sport USA have entered into an exclusive sales and marketing agreement. This strategic partnership will allow Sprinturf to market and sell Limonta’s proprietary Geo Turf Systems. Sprinturf will also work with Limonta to market and sell Limonta’s family of FIFA 2 Star and 1 Star certified field systems.

Essential Plus Added to BioPreferred Catalog

Growth Products announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred program, a federal purchasing program for bio-based products, has added Essential Plus 1-0-1 to its online product catalog. Essential Plus is a liquid, organic soil amendment and root stimulant. The catalog is searchable by product category, manufacturer name or product name and can be found at www.biopreferred.gov/Catalog.aspx.

EarthWay Announces Drawing Winners

EarthWay Products, Inc. announced the winners of the daily drawing at the GIE+EXPO for the new S15 Spray-Pro push sprayer. The winners were Steve Miller of Miller Brothers Lawn Care in Harrison, Ark., and Mark Wyatt of Wyatt Farm in Madisonville, Ky.

John Deere Receives PGMS Award

John Deere received a 2010 Gold Medal award from the Professional Grounds Management Society. The award was first presented in 1926 and is given to an individual or entity to recognize them for outstanding and long-term achievements and contributions to the green industry.

Gravely Partners with LLB

Gravely has partnered with Little League Baseball to become the preferred lawn and field equipment supplier to the organization for the 2011 season, which runs from May 1 to April 30. Gravely was previously the preferred supplier for the southeast region during the 2010 season. LLB is a nonprofit organization that organizes local youth baseball and softball games throughout the U.S.

PGMS Awards Athletic Fields

The Professional Grounds Management Society has recognized two schools in the athletic fields category of the society’s 2010 Green Star Awards competition. A Grand Award was presented to UGL Unicco/University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. The College of Wooster-Andrew Turf Field in Wooster, Ohio, was the recipient of a Merit Award. The Green Star Awards program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence, complementing other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding landscape design and construction.

ARS Scientists Use Byproducts to Create Constructed Soils

Agricultural Research Service scientists in West Virginia are finding ways to improve soil on degraded land so it can be used for sports fields and other uses. Researchers at the Appalachian Farming Systems Research Center are developing constructed or replacement subsoils and topsoils to build better and more affordable sports fields, rain gardens and lawns on former landfills, mine lands and other degraded lands. ARS is conducting the research in cooperation with the National Turfgrass Research Initiative, Inc.

ASBA Announces Publication of Sports Fields Book

The American Sports Builders Association announced the publication of the second edition of “Sports Fields: A Construction and Maintenance Manual.” The book contains information for those interested in building or learning more about all types of sports fields. It includes user-friendly technical information on all aspects of fields, including design, budgeting and planning, site requirements, drainage, surface selection, construction, maintenance, repair, amenities and accessories and more. The publication covers both natural grass and synthetic turf. Books can be ordered by calling 866-501-2722 or visiting www.sportsbuilders.org.