LAB News

Oklahoma State University Releases Two New Bermudagrasses

Oklahoma State University has developed and released two new bermudagrass varieties--Northbridge and Latitude 36. Both grasses are sterile hybrids with exceptional cold tolerance. They are good choices for home lawns, parks and golf/sports applications from the southern United States to areas north of the transition zone. Sod Solutions Inc. will be the licensing and marketing agent. The grasses should be commercially available in 2012.

Rebate Program Continues

Profile Products LLC is continuing the “Spray it, Don’t Lay It” rebate program to encourage contractors to convert from a rolled erosion-control blanket to a Profile hydraulic erosion control product. Contractors can earn up to $122.50 per acre, or $1,540 per truckload, for participation in the program. Eligible erosion control solutions include Terra-Matrix SMM, EcoMatrix SSM, Hydro-Blanket BFM, EcoAegis BFM, Flexterra HP-FGM and CocoFlex ET-FGM. For more information, visit .

Synthetic Turf Installation At Youngstown State University

Sports Construction Group L.L.C., a builder of both natural- and synthetic-turf athletic fields, is building a new synthetic-turf system at Youngstown State University’s Stambaugh Stadium. The Shaw Sportexe PowerBlade HP+ system combines the appearance of natural grass with the engineered performance of modern synthetic turf. It is specially designed to enhance player speed and performance while providing for maximum player safety.

St. Louis’ Citygarden Wins Award

Citygarden, a 2.9-acre richly landscaped sculpture garden and park that has altered the perception of St. Louis’ downtown and catalyzed nearby development, has received national recognition as the 2011 winner of the Urban Land Institute’s Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award. The award was based on a competition to recognize an outstanding example of a well-used public open space that has spurred regeneration and the transformation of the surrounding community. Citygarden received a $10,000 cash prize.

ValleyCrest Debuts The Water Blog

ValleyCrest Landscape Companies, an authority on sustainable practices, has launched a water-management resource for the commercial real estate industry. Visitors will discover a wealth of knowledge, ideas and tips organized into four categories of content: Innovation, Trends, Technology and Resources. Learn more as the blog monitors projects in progress, tracks industry trends and tests new technology. It is a two-way conversation as visitors can read, subscribe, engage and take a stance. To participate, visit .

Bison Acquires BRP Product Line

Bison Inc., a manufacturer of sports equipment for over 25 years, recently acquired the BRP Enterprises product line. The new company—BRP by Bison—will continue to provide the landscape furnishings BRP Enterprises was known for. The product line includes bench seating, chairs, tables, bike racks and trash receptacles, with new products on the horizon. Call 888-438-5311, or visit .

CULTEC Celebrates 25th Anniversary

This year, CULTEC marks 25 years since the introduction of its first plastic stormwater chamber. CULTEC specializes in manufacturing stormwater and septic chambers and providing solutions to help integrate its products into engineers’ design plans.

Atlantic Irrigation Named Underhill Master Distributor

Atlantic Irrigation Specialties has been named a master stocking distributor for Underhill International. Atlantic has represented irrigation and landscape lighting manufacturers for more than 25 years and offers products for residential, commercial and golf course installations.

Becker Underwood’s Solar Panel Array Largest In St. Joseph, Mo.

With the installation of 84 solar panels on its facility in St. Joseph, Mo., Becker Underwood Inc. now has the largest private solar panel array in the city. The solar panels will reduce the facility’s carbon dioxide emissions by 789 tons over 25 years, and produce renewable energy for the site. The project was completed as part of Becker Underwood’s overall sustainability strategy to protect and reduce the company’s impact on the environment, as well as to reduce its exposure to increasing energy prices.

Bird And Wildlife Control Catalog

Pesky birds and wildlife wreaking havoc on your landscape? Nixalite has a new 40-page color catalog filled with products, tips and tricks for controlling these pests. Learn about Nixalite’s new lines of wildlife exclusion, bird dispersal and mold abatement products to prevent wildlife and sanitation issues around facilities at .

DINOFLEX Recycling Program Reaches 10th Year

DINOFLEX Group LP, manufacturer of recycled rubber surfaces, is celebrating the 10th year of its ReGrind Program. Since 2002, DINOFLEX has been collecting not only consumer building waste from construction projects, but also post-manufacturing waste from the manufacturing of indoor flooring. This material is then sent through the ReGrind Program and used in different products. Kevin Manke, DINOFLEX production manager, estimates that over the years, 800,000 kilograms of waste has been saved from the landfill and repurposed. For more information, visit .


Recruits And Ladders

ValleyCrest Announces Leadership Team

ValleyCrest Landscape Companies, the largest integrated landscape services company in the United States, recently promoted Andrew J. Mandell to Chief Executive Officer of ValleyCrest Landscape Development, its construction division. Mandell previously served nine years as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ValleyCrest Landscape Companies.

Richard Wolff has been named to succeed Mandell as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Tom Donnelly, who remains President of the Development Division, will hold primary responsibility for overall sales, as well as building and strengthening new and existing national customer relationships.

Aquionics Names Aquatics Sales Engineer

UV expert Aquionics has appointed Bob Banker to Aquatics Sales Engineer for the western United States where he will educate potential customers on the cost savings and health benefits of UV disinfection for competitive, leisure and wellness pools, spas and splash pads. Banker joins Aquionics after 28 years with Counsilman-Hunsaker (St. Louis, Mo.), an aquatic engineering firm, where he was Project Manager.