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A Morbark Wood Hog at work.

Morbark Integrates Key Elements into ConExpo Booth

Morbark’s booth at ConExpo, held March 11-15 in Las Vegas, Nev., will offer a first-hand look at their grinders, as well as the opportunity to explore important components of the company.

Equipment on display will include the redesigned 1300B Track Tub Grinder, 4600XL Track Wood Hog and the new 3800 Wood Hog. Morbark will also showcase a variety of key elements behind the machines. Individual pavilions will focus on product technology, parts and service support, Morbark partners, dealers and customers.

AlturnaMats Acquires Mobile Matts

AlturnaMats, Inc., a producer of ground protection mats, has acquired Mobile Matts, based in Green Bay, Wis. Phil Schounard will continue to head Mobile Matts and operate from the Green Bay facility. Mobile Matts are now available through AlturnaMats’ extensive dealer network.

Giuffre boom trucks display donated bras to raise breast cancer awareness.

Giuffre Loans Boom Trucks for Events

Giuffre Bros. Cranes of Milwaukee, Wis., joined radio station WKTI and the American Cancer Society in the first Bras for a Cause event.

Women in the greater Milwaukee area were invited to donate a new or slightly used bra at any of 10 participating businesses. The bras were hooked together to form streamers that were strung on a clothesline between two Giuffre boom trucks in a parking lot. Following the display, a local dry cleaner laundered the bras to prepare them for distribution to women’s shelters.

Giuffre also loaned a boom truck for the annual pumpkin drop in the parking lot of a Milwaukee-area Sam’s Club. Children entered a contest to guess the correct weight of a pumpkin donated by a local farm, which was then hoisted and dropped by the crane.

New Shows Added on Lawn & Garden Webvision

Lawn & Garden Webvision has added three new shows to their on-demand lineup. Treebuzz will provide the latest news, information, tips and techniques for the tree care/arborist industry; Gopherhaul is an entrepreneurial business show geared toward green industry professionals; and TreeTV/Arbortalk Radio combines on-demand videos for the tree care industry with advice and entertainment from their talk radio show.

Women of Stihl Take Home Second World Championship Title

The Women of Stihl firefighter relay team earned their second Firefighter Combat Challenge World Championship title in Las Vegas, Nev.

Based in Virgina Beach, Va., the team defeated Delray Boca Ladies from Delray Beach, Fla., and FoxForce 5/BSO Fire Rescue from Broward County, Fla. The Women of Stihl, from the Virginia Beach, Newport News and Hampton fire departments, are Amy Bielinski, Mary Colasanto, Abby Harms, Katie Hodge and Stacy Carrol. They are coached by Alana Cooper.

The challenge was developed as a competition for firefighters to encourage fitness and demonstrate the profession’s rigors to the public. Stihl is the official sponsor of the Women of Stihl team, as well as the Team Stihl men’s relay team.

Elkins Joins Davey

Dale R. Elkins has joined The Davey Tree Expert Co. as director of management development for the commercial landscape services division. He will focus on the growth and development of the management and sales team.

Elkins has over 25 years of commercial landscape and golf maintenance experience. Since 2000, he had been with TruGreen LandCare, most recently as vice president of the southeast division. Prior to that, Elkins was with OneSource Landscape and Golf Services for 18 years.

Elkins is a graduate of Auburn University and is a certified landscape professional. He has served on the Dean’s Council on Agriculture at Auburn, the Golf and Landscape Industry Advisory Council for Lake City Community College, the board of directors of the Professional Landcare Network, and as a board member and president of the Green Industry Expo and the Florida Turfgrass Association.  He is also a member of the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association.

HMI Reaches Agreement With Bartlett

Horticultural Asset Management, Inc. has reached an agreement with Bartlett Tree Experts, a nationwide provider of tree and shrub care services. Bartlett will make its local arborists available to create Certified HMI  Horticultural Assessments. Bartlett personnel will also be available to conduct both remedial and preventive services that may be required as a result of the assessment process. The agreement expands HMI’s market coverage by making its products and service available throughout Bartlett’s preexisting network.

Assessments provide HMI clients with detailed information about trees and shrubs on their properties, including a description, location, replacement cost value, general health assessment and other data, which can be used for insurance, tax, real estate or risk management applications.

Caterpillar Announces Two Deals

Caterpillar, Inc. has acquired the assets of the forestry division of Blount International, Inc. Under the agreement, Caterpillar will acquire two Blount manufacturing facilities, one in North America and one in Sweden. The acquisition will bring all product design, development and manufacturing under Caterpillar.

In a separate transaction, six Caterpillar dealers have agreed to acquire certain assets of Pioneer Machinery, Inc. The dealers are Blanchard Machinery, Carolina Cat, Carter Machinery, Gregory Poole, Ring Power and Yancey Brothers.

The transaction is expected to be finalized after the parties conduct a due diligence process. The transition of Pioneer’s commercial operations to the dealers will begin as soon as definitive agreements are completed.

Bartlett Tree Promotes Violini

The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Co. promoted Noah Violini to district manager of Western Canada. Violini will manage Bartlett’s offices in Vancouver and Victoria, B.C., while working to further expand the company’s presence in these areas.  

A member of the International Society of Arboriculture, Violini has over 20 years’ experience in the arboriculture industry. He was the owner of Mt. View Tree Service in Victoria, which he sold to Bartlett in 2004.

Brickman Acquires NWLC

Commercial landscape management firm Brickman continued its expansion into the Pacific Northwest with the acquisition of Washington-based Northwestern Landscape Co. (NWLC). Brickman, which acquired Northwest Landscape Services of Portland, Ore., earlier this year, has three offices in the Puget Sound area and two in Portland.

With branches in Redmond, Renton, Puyallup and Vancouver, Wash., NWLC is one of the largest local landscape firms. Brickman is based in Gaithersburg, Md., and serves local, regional and national clients in 27 states, with over 145 company-owned branch offices.

Jonathan Bartels, former owner of NWLC, will serve as Brickman’s regional manager in Washington.