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Arborjet’s TREE-äge Approved for Use Against EAB

The Michigan Department of Agriculture recently approved Arborjet’s TREE-äge as the most effective pesticide yet found against the emerald ash borer, which has destroyed more than 30 million ash trees in Michigan and other Midwestern states and is spreading rapidly between Canada and Virginia. In preliminary studies conducted by Michigan State University, the pesticide killed more than 99 percent of ash borer larvae in treated trees and 100 percent of adult beetles.

TREE-äge is an Emamectin benzoate-based pesticide developed over the past four years by Arborjet in Woburn, Mass., with Syngenta, a Swiss agrochemical company. TREE-äge works best as a proactive treatment, but is also effective against trees with mild to moderate infestations.

As of this writing, emergency registration has been approved in Michigan, Indiana and West Virginia, and is pending with other states where there is an EAB outbreak. TREE-äge is in EPA queue for full federal registration. It became available for purchase in registered states in mid-April. TREE-äge is administered using Arborjet’s TREE I.V. or QUIK-jet trunk injection devices. The Arborjet system is a closed delivery system with virtually no environmental exposure.

While complete eradication of EAB is not possible, the spread of the pest can be slowed and ash trees can be saved if treated. This is especially great news for municipalities and homeowners whose trees are valued for the obvious environmental and aesthetic benefits, as well as for increased property values.

SavATree Names VP of Development; Holds Annual Conference

SavATree named Edmund M. Shebert as vice president of development. Shebert will be directly involved in the recruitment, negotiation and purchase of tree care companies. He will report directly to President and CEO Daniel van Starrenburg.

With more than 40 years’ combined financial and executive experience, Shebert joins SavATree from McFarland Tree & Landscape, Inc., where he served as general manager. He previously spent 15 years at The Care of Trees as CFO and member of the executive team.

Honoring the military was the theme of SavATree’s sales conference this year, which took place at the Thayer Hotel, on the grounds of the West Point U.S. Military Academy. The conference, attended by SavATree’s corporate team and arborists, featured two days of educational seminars, hands-on workshops, team building and an awards and recognition ceremony.

Keynote speaker Admiral Ray Smith, a Navy SEAL for over 31 years, shared his insights on using military strategy in the business environment. A team-building exercise was led by Matt “Boom” Daniel, who has 12 years of experience as a U.S. Marine fighter pilot.

Emak Signs Newest Distributor

Emak USA signed R.D. Faulkner Corp. as its newest distributor of Efco power equipment. R.D. Faulkner is located in Brewer, Maine, and will cover the New England territory including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Long Island, N.Y.

Husqvarna Signs Acquisition Agreement With Jenn Feng

Husqvarna has signed an agreement with Jenn Feng Co., Ltd. for acquisition of the company’s operation in outdoor products. Jenn Feng produces chain saws and trimmers for the consumer market. The product offering also includes lawn mowers, high-pressure washers and generators.

The acquisition gives the Husqvarna Group a greater presence as well as a wider manufacturing base in Asia. It also gives Husqvarna access to the McCulloch brand in the North American market.

Bartlett Promotes Operations Employees

The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Co. promoted Peter Jeskey and Matthew Farin.

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As assistant vice president of capital equipment, Jeskey will continue to oversee management of production vehicles and a fleet of sales cars. He will also focus on initiatives to maximize environmental efficiency. Previously, Jeskey served as director of purchasing and capital equipment.

Farin was promoted to assistant vice president of contracts administration and assistant secretary. He is involved in the bidding and contract process, support for sales representatives and corporate financial analysis. Farin most recently served as internal auditor and director of contracts.

Arborist Enterprises Hires Brewer

Arborist Enterprises, Inc. has hired John Brewer as a sales representative. With two years of arborist sales experience, Brewer previously worked for eight years with a national tree care company. Brewer is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist and holds a bachelor’s degree in forest resource management from the State University of New York at Syracuse.

Chain Saw Championship Headed to Balloon Fiesta

The Fourth Annual Echo Chain Saw Carving Series Championship is traveling to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta this fall. Eight chain saw carvers will compete October 3-5. The final sculptures will be judged October 5 and then auctioned, with all proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Mexico. Echo has set a goal of raising two wishes per auctioned sculpture; one wish is $5,000.

Each of the four qualifying events produces two finalists. The events are Cole Chevrolet Mountain Carving Invitational, Bluefield, W.Va., May 23-25; National Road Chain Saw Carving Festival, Addison, Pa., June 12-14; Oregon Divisional Championship, Reedsport, Ore., June 12-15; and Chetwynd Invitational Chain Saw Carving Championship, Chetwynd, B.C., Canada, June 12-15. Visit www.echo-usa.com/carvingseries to follow the progress of the series.

The four members of Echo’s national carving team hope to make it to the championship once again. Last year, Mike Bihlmaier, Mark Colp, Jason Emmons and Bob King all reached the finals, and King took first place for the second year. They have appeared as members of Echo’s team since it was first formed in 2004, the same year the championship was established.

Fatal Electrocution Prompts OSHA to Urge Hazard Review

The electrocution death of a tree trimmer in East Haddam, Conn., has prompted the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to urge employers and employees in Connecticut’s tree care industry to reacquaint themselves with the hazards associated with their work and the protective measures they can take to address those hazards.

OSHA has an ongoing alliance with the Connecticut Tree Protective Association to exchange information and facilitate training for the association’s member companies. Tree safety information is available on OSHA’s Web site at www.osha.gov/SLTC/treecare/index.

TreePeople Gives Away Fruit Trees in L.A.

TreePeople, an environmental nonprofit, organized its annual Fruit Tree Giveaway, giving 9,000 apple, pear, apricot and plum trees to more than 90 community groups throughout Los Angeles County, Calif. The Fruit Tree program targets underserved communities.

For the past 24 years, TreePeople has offered thousands of young fruit trees to L.A. residents via churches, schools, elected officials and local groups. This year, thanks to support from donors, the program tripled in size.

Lee Named CEO of Sipcam and Advan

Andy D. Lee has been named CEO of Advan and Sipcam Agro USA. Lee has extensive experience within the agrochemical industry, having held senior leadership roles with BASF Corp. and other chemical companies in the United States and Europe. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in applied biology from Hertfordshire University in the United Kingdom.

Lee’s appointment allows Giovanni Affaba to return to his position as a member of Sipcam’s board. Affaba was acting CEO of the company. Tim Damico served as acting CEO of Advan and will return to his position as Advan’s COO.

Strata Receives CE Marking Certification

Strata Systems, Inc. announced that its geogrids and other soil reinforcement products have been issued a CE marking certification. CE is a mandatory European marking for certain product groups to indicate conformity with health and safety requirements. The CE marking allows Strata to sell and distribute its products throughout the 28 countries of the European Economic Area.