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Bill Gourley

Fecon Names Southeast Regional Manager 

Fecon, Inc. named Bill Gourley as regional manager for Alabama, Georgia, northern Florida and Texas. Gourley comes to Fecon with over 15 years of sales and management experience.

Changes for OFA

The Ohio Forestry Association will be moving to a new office location and adding new staff. OFA’s board has entered into an agreement with Offinger Management Co. to provide association management services including events management, financial, membership and program services. Offinger maintains offices in Zanesville and Columbus, Ohio. OFA will have office, meeting and storage space at the Columbus office, which will serve as the OFA home base. Zanesville will serve as OFA’s mailing address.

Katie Rudd will stay on staff, serving as master logging company coordinator. Denise Brosie will serve as executive assistant and handle overall events management and association services, assisted by Gayla Fleming.

ArborMAX Expands

ArborMAX, which provides insurance for arborists, has expanded its territory to include 31 states and its commercial coverage to include property and inland marine equipment. Improvements to the workmanship error endorsement include a broader scope of coverage. Underwritten by Alternative Insurance Exchange and insured by Nova Casualty, the program is available through ArborMAX agents.

GEI Invests in SherrillTree

SherrillTree announced an investment in the company by Generation Equity Investors (GEI), a private equity investment firm that provides capital and management assistance to established small businesses. Tobe Sherrill, chief executive officer of SherillTree, will remain the primary stockholder. SherrillTree is based in Greensboro, N.C.

Jarraff Announces New Service Centers

Jarraff Industries announced that three new facilities have been authorized to service the Jarraff All-Terrain Tree Trimmer. They are Ritchie Equipment Repair, Inc., Kannapolis, N.C.; Gildon Hydraulics, Pearl, Miss.; and Superior Aerial, Kent, Ohio.

Jarraff now has four authorized service centers, each equipped with service trucks and years of experience. They offer comprehensive Jarraff mechanical services including general maintenance, undercarriage maintenance, part installation and hydraulic service.

Professor Works to Restore American Chestnut

In honor of Arbor Day, Brian McCarthy led a group of volunteers in planting 800 American chestnut seeds and seedlings at the Jockey Hollow Wildlife Management Area, a 20-acre tract of reclaimed mine land near Cadiz, Ohio. McCarthy is a forest ecologist and professor of environmental and plant biology at Ohio University.

The experimental plantings are aimed at spurring a comeback by the species, which was nearly wiped out by a foreign blight in the early 1900s. Working alongside researchers with the Ohio chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation, the U.S. Forest Research Lab and the U.S. Department of the Interior, McCarthy helped create the hybrid, blight-resistant variety that he plants.

Tree Heartwood Extracts Thwart SOD Microbe

Agricultural Research Service plant physiologist Daniel Manter has found that extracts from tree heartwood can limit the growth of Phytophthora ramorum, the microbial agent that causes sudden oak death (SOD). Since it surfaced on the West Coast in the mid-1990s, SOD has killed an estimated 1 million oaks and tanoaks.

Manter and his colleagues exposed P. ramorum spores to compounds, wood chips and essential oils extracted from heartwood. They found that extracts from incense cedar, western redcedar, Alaskan yellow cedar, western juniper and Port Orford cedar destroyed spores and inhibited fungal cell growth.

Trees For Tomorrow Program Underway

Half a million trees will be planted in Missouri this year through the Trees For Tomorrow program announced by the Missouri departments of transportation (MoDOT) and conservation (MDC). Under the program, MoDOT purchases half a million trees a year, which the MDC distributes to youth groups throughout the state. Trees For Tomorrow is in the second year of a five-year agreement that will provide 2.5 million trees.

Teupen America Changes Name

Citing the need for name simplicity and easier product recognition, Teupen America will change its name to Spiderlift Co. The new title will better reflect the company’s products and mission.

Spiderlift provides sales, service, rentals and distribution of Teupen GmbH Spiderlifts in the United States and Canada. The company also offers Spiderlift trailers, mini Spider cranes and other aerial access solutions.

Stihl Brings Outdoor Experts Together to Teach Future Generations

Stihl, Inc. brought together two outdoor industry experts, P. Allen Smith and Chuck Leavell, for the filming of a TV series at Smith’s Garden Home Retreat near Little Rock, Ark. More than 70 local schoolchildren spent the day gardening with Smith and were treated to an outdoor piano concert by Leavell, as well as a reading of his children’s book “The Tree Farmer.”

Smith is a TV show host and author of the Garden Home book series. Leavell is a tree farmer and conservationist who has authored three books.

News From Thomas Equipment

Thomas Equipment, Inc. named Arun Bhatnagar as regional business manager for western Canada. Bhatnagar has extensive management experience in construction equipment and related industries in North America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Previously, Bhatnagar worked for PHE Contractors Ltd. and Cummins Eastern Canada LP. Bhatnagar earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in India and received equivalency certification from the University of Toronto.

Thomas Equipment President and Chief Executive Officer Petter M. Etholm appeared on TV’s The Business Buzz. He said the market for Thomas skid steers is expanding with a global strategy coupled with local market focus. Etholm joined the company as CEO last year and is also president and CEO of Thomas’ parent company, Osiris Corp.

Kioritz & Shindaiwa Announce Joint Holding Company

Kioritz Corp., parent company of Echo, Inc., and Shindaiwa Corp., parent company of Shindaiwa, Inc., have announced plans to form a joint holding company that will own and operate the two companies.    

The two companies entered into a business and shareholder alliance in 2007 to investigate mutual means of addressing an increasingly competitive global environment through product and operational synergies. The companies have begun selective trading of existing products and cooperation on operational matters including purchasing, production, computer systems and logistics.

Husqvarna Now Direct With Dealers Nationwide

Husqvarna announced direct interaction with independent dealers in all 50 states. Authorized dealers nationwide will enjoy benefits such as direct connection with Husqvarna sales representatives, ordering directly from Husqvarna, the All Year Program, financial services, technical service education, warranty reimbursement program and more.