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Make Restrooms Shine      
It’s no secret—restrooms can make or break your facility. If they’re clean and in good repair, all is well. But, when vandals go to work or water costs go through the roof, you need to visit http://parkrestroomproducts.com/.

The new site is devoted to vandal-resistant (VR) and water-saving (SW) products—all designed to make park restrooms shine! With faucets, flushing systems, flush valves, hand dryers, lockers, mirrors, outdoor bottle fillers, pet fountains and washing stations, showers, toilets, urinals and toilet and shower compartments to choose from, Commercial Restroom Productshas you covered for all your restroom needs.

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Letters

Thanks For The Observations

Thank you for your article “Replace Weakness With Honesty” (PRB Feb.). I can relate to it from a number of different angles starting with me being a picked-on rather small underweight kid with average grades(I ended up at 6’ 7” very late in high school and over 200 pounds eventually) to raising two boys of my own correctly and having them not being anything resembling a bully.

What also caught my eye was the subtitle’s mention to stop medicating.  I took it literal but I read on and understood the concept in the real meaning of the article. 

Chris Daeger, Mgr.
Stanley M. Rowe Arboretum
Indian Hill, OH
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STMA Eclipses 200 Members With CSFM Status

Lawrence, Kan.—Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA)—the professional organization for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide—has eclipsed 200 members attaining status as Certified Sports Field Managers (CSFM).

To attain the highest industry certification, turf managers must demonstrate competency in the following areas: agronomics, pest management, administration and sport specific safety requirements. For more information, visit www.stma.org.
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Field Notes

Atlas Copco Construction Equipment has appointed four managers to lead its growing rental market in the U.S. Steve Nelson serves the national rental aftermarket as a business development manager, Norbert Matthews works as an area sales manager for the Midwest, Charlie Clarkson serves the Northwest as the area sales manager and Ronald Repasz is the area sales manager for the Southwest.

Congratulations to Kimley-Horn for being recognized on Fortune Magazine’s 2016 100 Best Companies to Work For list. They rank in at number seven! Way to go!

Redexim Turf Products based in Valley Park, Mo., has added a new staff member: Michael Crawford of Knoxville Tennessee. Michael is the Territory Sales Manager for the state of Tennessee.

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering and planning firms, has promoted Matt Alleman, Chad Brintnall, Tony Catchot, Andrew Mannion, Nick Salowich, Lori Singleton and Diane Syer to Principal at its Detroit and Ann Arbor offices.

DeltaUV, manufacturers of a complete line of residential pool, spa and commercial aquatic ultraviolet water treatment products, has hired Marty Fisher as the company’s new Commercial Sales Manager. He has worked in the swimming pool and spa market since 1997 in both manufacturing and distribution.

SeaKlear, manufacturers of a specialty line of water treatment products for both pools and spas, now has Tanya Houff and Ranae Guzman as dedicated inside sales/ customer service team members to serve both east and west coast customers. 

Roque Santos has joined Lincoln Aquatics as the new Vice President of Sales. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the swimming marketplace, with much of his professional career in the swimsuit market with both Nike and Blue Seventy swimwear divisions. In addition, Roque was an accomplished swimmer at the NCAA level with the University of California at Berkeley. Furthermore, he participated in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain as a member of the U.S. Olympic Team and continues today as an accomplished U.S. Masters Swimmer.

Congratulations to Land Pride, a Division of Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc., for 30 years in business. Since beginning operations April 1, 1986, Land Pride has grown to employ hundreds of Kansans in communities across Central Kansas and produces 3-point implements.

Rain Bird’s Golf Division has named Ian Williams as its Golf Specification Manager for the U.S. market. In his new role, Williams will serve as a single point of contact for golf industry specifiers, including architects, irrigation designers, consultants and contractors.
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For Top-Speed Trash Removal
Specialized trash trucks operated by a single employee now dominate the waste removal industry for obvious reasons. These machines can empty over 400 barrels per day in large public beach areas, and save big bucks by repositioning the workforce and eliminating injuries. The benefits are so satisfying that city leaders are now using the same strategy for inland parks, hiking trails and sports facilities.

Boyhill, a Nebraska-based company provides Load-and-Pack machinery fitted with special tires that defy snow, soft sand and mud, while boasting a four-wheel drive capability and a hydraulic front-lifting arm that grabs, hoists and empties containers up to 90 gallons and 500 pounds; the cycle per container only lasts about five seconds.

With all of the benefits, parks and rec agencies are quickly chiming in the endorse the product.

“We’ve saved a lot on worker’s comp because nobody gets hurt. These vehicles designed to avoid injury. Add that to the time we save during pickup, and the Broyhill Load-and-Pack works perfect for us,” says Charles V. Loftis, director of the Sand Beach Department in Harrison County, Miss.

For more information, visit www.broyhill.com.

Information provided by Douglas Glenn Clark, a content creator based in Los Angeles, Calif.
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Keep Time On Your Side, Love Your Slide
WhiteWater West has launched a campaign to remind waterpark operators to show their attractions the maintenance love they deserve. WhiteWater’s maintenance experts have created a comprehensive guide to help operators keep time on their side by planning ahead and setting aside a budget for regular maintenance during the operating season. The complete guide is available at loveyourwaterslide.com.
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Calendar

September
14-16 Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Trade Show, Texarkana, Ark.-- Arkansas Convention Center; www.arkarpa.org

20-23 Colorado Parks & Recreation Association Conference, Grand Junction, Colo. www.cpra-web.org

October
5-8 National Recreation and Parks Association National Congress, Saint Louis, Mo.—America’s Center Convention Complex; www.nrpa.org/congress

20-21 The Green Industry and Equipment (GIE) Expo, Louisville, Ky.—Kentucky Exposition Center; (800) 558-8767 or www.gie-expo.com

November
5-8 Virginia Recreation & Park Society Annual Conference, Roanoke, Va.— Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center; www.vrps.com

7-10 Georgia Recreation and Parks Association Conference, Athens, Ga.; www.grpa.org

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