What’s going on with your company? E-mail treepr@MooseRiverMedia.com to share your newswith Tree Services.

John Bentley, right, MDS founder and president, with Regional Manager Tharen W. Peterson.

MDS Celebrates 20th Anniversary 

In 1988, MDS (Manufacturer’s Diversified Services), based in New Holland, Pa., was established with a focus on attachments for skid steer loaders, compact tractors and larger construction equipment. John Bentley founded the company and is currently its president.

MDS offers benefits for its dealers, including hands-on training seminars, quotes and orders confirmed by fax or e-mail, product demonstrations, regular visits by trained personnel and research to find rare attachments. MDS also offers a number of benefits for end users, such as free product literature, the name and number of the closest dealer, answers to technical questions, choosing the right model attachment and handling sales in areas not covered by dealers.

John Deere Announces Marketing Agreement With Stihl

John Deere’s Worldwide Commercial & Consumer Equipment Division announced Stihl, Inc. and Stihl Ltd. as the preferred supplier of gas-powered and corded hand-held power equipment in the United States and Canada. The existing John Deere-branded hand-held power equipment will be substituted with the Stihl portfolio at qualifying John Deere servicing dealers across North America. Joint marketing efforts will take place to increase awareness of both brands’ product offerings.

Guardair Acquires Air-Spade

Guardair Corp. has acquired the assets constituting the Air-Spade product line from Concept Engineering Group, Inc., Verona, Pa. Operating as a division of Guardair, Air-Spade production will be based at Guardair’s Chicopee, Mass., headquarters. The Air-Spade line includes air excavation tools, supersonic air nozzles, pneumatic vacuums and accessories.

TREE Fund and ISA Earn Support from Stihl

Stihl, Inc. sponsored the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund’s 2008 Tour des Trees and the International Society of Arboriculture’s International Tree Climbing Championship.

The Tour des Trees, the signature annual fundraiser of the TREE Fund, is a cross-country cycling and tree-planting event. This year’s six-day ride raised more than $287,000 in support of tree research and education.

During the two-day International Tree Climbing Championship, two-time world champion and Stihl spokesman Mark Chisholm finished in first place on the first day and took third place overall. This was Chisholm’s 18th year in the competition, and his 15th top-five finish. He also held his world record of 13.8 seconds in the secured footlock climb. He qualified for the international competition by taking his 16th straight title at the New Jersey Arborists Chapter of the ISA’s Tree Climbing Competition.

UMass Green School Now Accepting Registrations

Green School, a comprehensive certificate short course for green industry professionals taught by UMass Extension specialists and University of Massachusetts faculty, runs from November 6 through December 18, 2008. Green School’s curriculum emphasizes environmental stewardship and integrated pest management. Participants develop an understanding of how proper management practices impact natural resources. Three specialty tracks are offered: Turf Management, Landscape Management or—new this year—Arboriculture, which is specifically geared toward professional arborists.

Green School is held one to two days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in Milford, Mass. For more information, go to www.UMassGreenInfo.org or www.UMassTurf.org, or call UMass Extension at 413-545-0895.

Arbor Day Foundation Unveils Tree Campus USA Program

Over the past year, the Arbor Day Foundation has been ironing out standards aimed at taking college tree programs to the next level. Like its counterpart, Tree City USA, the goal is to create the groundwork for tree programs through basic operating standards while advocating community support and collaborations with local agencies. To earn Tree Campus USA accreditation, a campus must create a tree advisory committee, establish a campus tree care plan and forestry program, hold an Arbor Day observance and implement a service learning project.

To commemorate the unveiling of this new program, the foundation will conduct the Campus Tree Tour 2008, in which several campuses across the country will be chosen to celebrate through large-scale tree-planting events. In partnership with the Toyota Motor Corp., the foundation plans to gather campus faculty, staff, students, nonprofit organizations and city forestry communities to participate in the planting of up to as many as 100 trees per location.

Texas Forest Service Honored for Commitment to Wildfire Prevention

The USDA Forest Service again honored the Texas Forest Service’s continued commitment to wildfire prevention by awarding it the Bronze Smokey award for 2008. This award was in recognition of the agency’s multiyear effort to prevent wildfires and reduce the elevated wildfire risk to homes in areas affected by Hurricane Rita.

Ken Arney, deputy regional director for state and private forestry with the USDA Forest Service, presented the award, commending the Texas Forest Service for its fire prevention and mitigation program. Jim Hull accepted the award on behalf of the agency’s Hurricane Fire Prevention and Mitigation Task Force.

Biobarrier Root Control Fabric Selected for Urban Plaza Test

Fiberweb, Inc.’s Biobarrier Root Control Fabric is being used as the root barrier in a test of structural and noncompacted soils surrounding tree plantings in urban plazas. The test, conducted by Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories, Charlotte, N.C., compares a variety of soils and their efficacy for tree growth in a restricted area. Biobarrier’s role in this test is to confine the tree roots to the cell where the tree is growing. When the research is completed, Bartlett will know more about the impact of treatments on tree growth, how better to maintain trees in an urban setting and the impact of treatment on the integrity of the surrounding concrete.

Volunteers Rejuvenate WE Energies Park at State Fair

A project partnership between the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association, WE Energies and Melinda Myers brought together volunteer labor, donated landscaping and the latest in eco-friendly offerings to spruce up the WE Energies Eco Landscape Display at State Fair Park. The partnership is in its fourth year and is an opportunity to show State Fair attendees what landscape contractors do. The display now has a permeable paver brick walkway, a rain garden, steel edging and drought-tolerant plants. Donors of materials and labor included Unilock, Bob Klovas, Johnson’s Nursery, White Oak Farm, Terra-Firma Landscape, Merrill Hills Landscape, LaRosa Landscape, LandWorks, Inc. and Crawford Tree & Landscape Services.

Peterson Appoints New Parts Sales Representative

Peterson, based in Eugene, Ore., appointed Claudia Moug to the position of parts sales representative. Moug has worked in the heavy equipment parts industry for many years. She has worked for manufacturer Madill and several equipment dealers, including Triad Machinery, Papé Brothers and Howard Cooper.

Bobcat Announces Contest Winners

Bobcat Co. officials have selected the winners in the How Bobcat Unleashed Me Contest. Equipment users across the continental United States and Canada submitted essays and photographs about their experiences with Bobcat equipment.

The grand-prize winner is Gregory Stone of Excavation Details, Rock Stream, N.Y. He will receive a $75,000 Bobcat gift certificate. Stone recognized a niche application in vineyards and developed a process to dig drainage systems while preventing damage to vines and soil. He purchased a Bobcat skid steer loader and backhoe attachment to install the drainage systems in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Today, Stone is a successful contractor with a business that has expanded into other areas.

The second-place winners, who will receive $1,000 gift certificates, are Michael Lowes, Eric Austin, Terry Reed, Bob Pedatella and Ray Benoit Jr. The third-place winners, who will receive Bobcat jackets, include Robert Ott, Joe Emigh, Otto Trebing, Dennis Goecke II, Josh Ginther, Jethro Montgomery, Marvyn Pickering, Devin Scheel, Marion Perret and Richard Meffert.

Scotts Miracle-Gro Names New Senior Vice President

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. promoted Peter Korda to the position of senior vice president. Korda oversees all aspects of the Scotts LawnService business division, including strategy, expansion and operations. With a particular focus on customer service and retention, he has responsibility for leading both the continued growth of the lawn service business as well as enhancing the company’s service platform. Scotts LawnService provides lawn, tree and shrub care, as well as exterior pest control services.

Since joining the company in 2004, Korda’s roles have included responsibility for strategy and support functions, oversight for all of Scotts LawnService field and franchise operations, and most recently overall leadership of the division. Previously, he held leadership roles at Intagio, Bank One, Sterling Commerce, Safelite Autoglass and Ernst & Young. He is a graduate of Williams College and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


Oops!

Bailey’s was not included in our Buying Guide to Portable Sawmills and Log Splitters in the August issue. Here is the entry as it should have appeared.

Bailey’s

Lucas Mills portable sawmills can go anywhere a pickup can go and can mill up to 5,000 board feet of lumber a day.