Kevin Covert

Bandit Hires Covert

Bandit Industries has added Kevin Covert to its national stump grinder sales team. Covert has worked in the tree care equipment industry for the past 13 years, and will assist factory sales reps and Bandit’s dealer network to increase stump grinder sales both in the United States and internationally.

News from Tree Management Systems

Tree Management Systems has hired Tony Calvert as marketing officer/executive creative director. He will spearhead the company’s ongoing marketing and advertising initiatives. He brings years of marketing and creative design experience to ArborGold.

TMS redesigned its Web site at www.treemanagement.net to showcase its products and services. It has over 25 new pages of information about the company, the employees, products and services, and more.

The company has introduced an entire suite of new products and services. The new items include marketing services, design services, service plans, credit card services, IT services, and business and consulting services.

Stens Joins Social Media Arena

Stens has joined social networking sites Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook and has also launched an all-new blog. The company plans to use the sites to communicate with customers and hopes the sites will be viewed as a direct line to Stens staff. The blog can be viewed at http://stenscorporation.blogspot.com.

Morbark Converts to Urethane Coating

Morbark has converted to Morthane, a two-component urethane industrial topcoat with a two-component urethane primer. The coating, developed exclusively for Morbark by NCP Coatings, Inc., is durable and resists chips, corrosion and chemicals.

Reyno Giallongo, left, and Robert Stelben.

Bartlett Announces New Board Members

Bartlett Tree Experts announced the election of Reyno Giallongo and Robert Stelben to its board of directors. Giallongo currently serves as an executive vice president at First County Bank. Stelben is now retired, having held positions as vice president and treasurer with major corporations during a career spanning more than 40 years.

ACRT Celebrates 25th Anniversary

ACRT, Inc., Akron, Ohio, celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2010. The 100 percent employee-owned company first opened its doors in 1985 with fewer than 50 employees. Today, ACRT employs more than 400 professionals throughout the U.S.

ArborSystems Announces U.S.-Based Manufacturing

ArborSystems announced that all of the hardware components for its Wedgle Direct-Inject Tree Treatment System are now made in the U.S. This move helped improve production time, enhance quality control and create new jobs at the company’s plant in Omaha, Neb.

Students Learn Safe Tree Care Skills

More than 30 New York City youth in the MillionTreesNYC Training Program learned and practiced safe and proper tree felling skills on Randall’s Island. They completed the training with the sponsoring companies of the Tree Research & Education Endowment Fund, including Asplundh Tree Expert Co., Bartlett Tree Experts, Davey Tree Expert Co. and Stihl, Inc.

Swingle Wins Communication Award

Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care received the 2009 Tree Care Industry Association Professional Communication Award at the organization’s annual conference. The company received the award in the special entry category for its Trees for 3s cause marketing campaign. During the 2009-2010 season, every time the Denver Nuggets scored a three-pointer during home games, Swingle and the Denver Department of Parks & Recreation added one more tree to the Mile High Million Tree Initiative.

News from Stihl

Stihl, Inc. announced that it has selected the Oregon State Fair in Salem, Ore., as the host venue for its 25th anniversary season of the Stihl Timbersports Series. The series’ quarterfinals, semifinals, U.S. championship and collegiate championship will take place during the fair’s opening weekend, August 27-29.

The Oglebay National Training Center in West Virginia hosted the third year of the National Association of State Park Directors Leadership School. The program is funded in part by gold-level sponsor Stihl, which provides travel funds to offset expenses of attending on-site leadership school events and also sponsors the NASPD annual conference.

ALL Sunshine Crane Wins Safety Awards

ALL Sunshine Crane Rental, Apopka, Fla., was presented with two awards from the Florida division of the United Safety Council at its award banquet. The company earned the Gold Fleet Safety Award for having zero at-fault vehicle accidents during the period from October 1, 2008, through September 30, 2009, as well as the Lost Time Prevention Award for having no occupational injuries resulting in lost time for that same period.

Terex Offers More Equipment Solutions

More customers will have easier access to a broader range of Terex and Genie equipment through a new arrangement that will improve availability of more than 60 products in rental and distributor channels. Authorized Terex distributors will now have the ability to sell some of the most popular models of Genie towable Z-booms, Genie telehandlers, Genie material lifts and Terex light towers in addition to offering the full line of Terex compact construction products. In addition, select rental customers will now have the entire Terex compact construction equipment line available to them, as well as the Terex aerial work platform products they usually offer.