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Bandit Hosts 2008 Dealer Meeting

Distributors of tree care and wood waste recycling equipment from around the world met for a week of sales and service seminars, product demonstrations and plant tours during the 2008 Bandit Dealer Meeting, held every three years. Bandit Industries, Inc. invited dealers from 22 countries on six continents for a United Nations-like conference.

The focus of the nearly weeklong summit, held at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant and Bandit corporate headquarters in Remus, Mich., was the emerging markets in biomass and wood energy. Bandit produces wood waste reduction equipment, such as chippers and horizontal grinders, which can produce a valuable end product for these markets.

Bandit dealers join together for the outdoor equipment walk-around session.

Central Michigan University’s Steve Lawrence joined the event as keynote speaker during the welcome reception, discussing the savings made possible by the university’s use of wood waste for its energy needs. Mike Morey offered supporting remarks on the emerging fuel wood markets both locally and internationally, and encouraged attendees to familiarize themselves with the ongoing market trends.

The legendary ôUncleö Don Farrell, well-known throughout the tree care industry, with Southeastern Equipment representative, Kevin Covert.

One of the highlights of the conference was the two-hour “What Works For You” session, new this year. A panel of Bandit dealers presented their ideas of “what works for them” when selling Bandit equipment. Each spoke on a topic that best suited their territory, including “Selling in a Down Market,” “Old-Fashioned Selling,” “Biomass Energy Markets” and “Stump Grinder Selling.” Attendees were given tips on how to be successful in various types of markets. All of the panelists are members of the Top 10 Dealer Club for 2007, an honor awarded to dealers based on unit volume and sales volume criteria.

The grand finale for many was the Demo Day, held at the 220-acre corporate headquarters’ demonstration site. Attendees witnessed an array of equipment processing a steady diet of wood waste, including six hand-fed chippers, six stump grinders, three whole-tree chippers and two Beast Recyclers. The all-new Bandit 1490XP drum-style chipper and the 2000XP stump grinder were introduced to Bandit dealers for the first time at this event. Also a big hit was the Beast Knife System, which converts a Beast Recycler into a whole- tree chipper.

Also on hand was a collection of Bandit’s vendors.  Representatives from Caterpillar, Power Great Lakes, Kubota Engine America, Superior Diesel, John Deere, Cummins and Deutz were present, and provided support and sponsorships for various events throughout the week. Bandit also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first Model 100 Brush Bandit chipper, which was developed by Mike Morey Sr. in 1983.

Bartlett Expands in U.S. and Canada

Bartlett Tree Experts has completed three acquisitions in the United States and Canada. The acquisition of Tops Tree Service will aid Bartlett in developing its presence in Canada and help the company build a stronger client base on Southern Vancouver Island. In the United States, Bartlett will add a new office as a result of the acquisition of Four Seasons Tree Care. Under this agreement, Bartlett will establish a location in Kenmore, Wash., its first office in the state. The company will also bolster its existing presence in the greater Chicago area through the acquisition of Synnestvedt & Associates.

Almstead Works to Combat Dutch Elm Disease

Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Co. of New Rochelle, N.Y., was hired by the parks department of New York City to help prevent the spread of Dutch elm disease in Riverside Park along Manhattan’s Hudson River shoreline. There are two groves of mature American elms in the park. Of the 80 total trees, 14 have been removed this year. Another 30 to 40 healthy trees are being inoculated by Almstead’s crews. Almstead Arborist Justin Rawson is managing the project.

Husqvarna Launches Chain Saw Demo Days

Husqvarna has launched Chain Saw Demo Days as part of its brand marketing campaign, “Master Your Great Outdoors.”  Through October 31, outdoor enthusiasts can participate in the Chain Saw Demo Days events to be held at participating Husqvarna servicing dealer locations nationwide. The events coincide with fall chain saw season and Chain Saw Safety Awareness Month.

For more information, visit www.MasterYourGreatOutdoors.com or www.usa.husqvarna.com.

Stihl Recognizes 1,000th Gold Level Service Technician

Stihl, Inc. certified its 1,000th Gold dealer service technician, Monte Gens of Monte’s Small Engine in Fredonia, N.Y. Gold level training is the third step in the Stihl technical education program that certifies Stihl service technicians. Technicians participating in this training provide service for the company’s product line at dealerships across the nation.