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20 Nov 2018

This Week’s Hot Threads November 19, 2018








From record keeping strategies to what products to put on your Christmas list, here are some questions from the landscape professionals on LawnSite forums this past week.

BUSINESS OPERATIONS

  • A LawnSite Member from Oriental, NC needs some feedback on record keeping. He’d like to know if anyone else continues to keep physical record books and calendars while also using business software. Share your thoughts…
  • A LawnSite Member from Southeast Iowa is looking for advice on creating a spreadsheet with predefined prices for mowing. Share your thoughts…

LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE

  • A LawnSite Senior Member from Gales Ferry, CT is frustrated with the early snow. Anybody else? How is it impacting your business? Share your thoughts…

LAWN MOWING

  • A LawnSite Member from Little Rock, AR is making his Christmas list: What’s your favorite ear protection product? Share your thoughts… 

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20 Nov 2018

This Week’s Cool Threads November 20, 2018








From advice on job estimates to exit strategies, popular questions posted by the ice and snow management professionals on PlowSite forums this past week.

Business Fundamentals

  • A Senior PlowSite Member did his first run of the season, 5 inches of wet snow, and realizes he needs another truck. In the meantime, it’s his policy that commercial jobs get done before residential clients, and the residential clients complained. What are your policies? Share your thoughts…

Bidding & Estimating

  • A Junior PlowSite Member is looking for advice on how much to charge a property management company for plowing and salting three apartment complexes when it supplies its own salt. Share your thoughts…
  • A Junior PlowSite Member is looking for advice on pricing a snow removal job, along with feedback on equipment and how long the job should take. Share your thoughts…

Ice Management

  • A Senior PlowSite Member from North Dakota is looking for advice on buying a tailgate spreader and a walk behind spreader for a commercial job, plus an estimate on how much salt it takes to treat a one-acre property. Share your thoughts…

Commercial Snow Removal

  • A 2000 Club Member from Connecticut wants to know how he can exit the plowing business in a blaze of cash and profits. Do you have an exit strategy? Share your thoughts…

 

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19 Nov 2018

In Hurricane Affected Areas, PBI-Gordon Extends Early Order Program

PBI-Gordon Corporation has extended its October End-User Early Order Program (EOP) deadline for customers in states in the south and southeast affected by hurricanes Michael and Florence. The company is providing professional turfgrass management customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Virginia until November 30, 2018 to take advantage of the maximum rebate allowed for their specific purchases.

With a full line of herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, growth regulators and other products, PBI-Gordon Corporation is a national provider in the professional turf and ornamental management industry. Those who are interested in this program should contact a PBI-Gordon distributor or visit EOP.PBIGordonTurf.com.

Said Doug Obermann, PBI-Gordon vice president of professional and agricultural sales, “The hurricane season so far this year has been disruptive and damaging, and we realize how much stress it has placed on our distributor and end-user partners in the affected states. It is our hope that, by extending the EOP pricing deadline, we can alleviate some of their concerns and worry.”

PBI-Gordon Announces Chief Operating Officer

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Steve Clifford, Chief Operating Officer, PBI-Gordon Corporation

In other PBI-Gordon news today, a new chief operating officer has been named — Steve Clifford, a long-time PBI-Gordon Corporation advisory board member. He joined the company in this position effective July 31, 2018. Clifford was previously an audit partner and the Managing Partner of Ernst & Young’s Kansas City office from 1999 through his retirement in 2015.

Clifford, who has served as an advisory director on the PBI-Gordon board of directors since his retirement in 2015, is an experienced senior executive who successfully led several organizations during his career. In addition to his duties at PBI-Gordon, he also serves as a director on the board of Ferrellgas Partners, an American supplier of propane.

In the newly created position of chief operating officer, Clifford will direct operations of PBI-Gordon’s three business units: Pest Management, PetAg, and Pegasus Laboratories. Additionally, he will oversee the company’s information technology and enterprise resource planning teams. Clifford will report directly to PBI-Gordon CEO Don Chew.

“Steve Clifford is a proven business leader and will be an outstanding addition to the PBI-Gordon management team,” said Chew. “His experience in helping companies make their businesses better through strategic development, a focus on financial performance metrics, and attainment of immediate and long-term growth objectives will be vital as we continue to grow and increase market share across all the sectors we serve.”

In addition to his current roles with PBI-Gordon and Ferrellgas, Clifford serves as a member of the board of the Archdiocese of Northeast Kansas. He is also the former chairman of the board of both Cristo Rey High School and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Steve is also a former director of the Boy Scouts of America and Rockhurst High School, among others

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13 Nov 2018

Ferris IS 3200 Midnight Limited Edition Commercial Mower Debuts

Briggs & Stratton Corporation debuted its new Ferris® IS® 3200 Midnight limited edition commercial mower at the recent GIE+EXPO to celebrate its 20th anniversary of suspension technology. Available for a limited-time only, new styling highlights a premium Ferris suspension, new rugged tires and a multifunctional front end guard with recessed jack mount for increased accessibility and LED lights for increased visibility.

commercial mowerPremium features on the new IS 3200 Midnight limited edition mower allow operators to work comfortably while achieving the highest cut quality.

Benefits include:

  • Unrivaled Comfort: A premium HP shock system with a 12-position adjustable dampening, and progressive rate spring allows the shock to smoothly absorb smaller bumps while being firm enough to handle big dips. A top-of-the-line, two-tone suspension seat with headrest optimizes operator comfort.
  • Improved Cut Quality: The upgraded shocks and springs on the IS 3200 Midnight limited edition mower allow the patented adjustable front and rear suspension technology and the iCD Cutting System to follow the terrain even more closely, allowing the systems to work even better.
  • Easy Access, Better Visibility: A new multi-functional front end guard provides a recessed jack mount for easy access to deck components and recessed LED headlights for loading enclosed trailers at dusk, extending the day.
  • Improved Traction: New tires feature a rugged, deep tread design for added traction.

“The IS 3200 Midnight edition is the first unit crafted by the Advanced Concepts Team,” said Joe Ferris, product manager, commercial products. “This select, cross-functional team took the IS 3200 model to the next level of performance and styling through the application of advanced technology.”

Powered by a 37 gross horsepower Vanguard® BIG BLOCK™ EFI engine, the IS 3200 Midnight limited edition commercial mower features the patented and proven Oil Guard™ System. This system, exclusively from Vanguard, extends the oil change interval to 500 hours. This saves landscape contractors up to 60 percent per unit on oil maintenance each season3. That means less labor costs, technical skills and tools are needed to perform timely oil changes.

Ferris will manufacture 500 units of the IS 3200 Midnight limited edition, and will be sold exclusively through the authorized Ferris dealer network.

The new IS 3200 Midnight limited edition is protected by an unmatched 2+2 Year Limited Warranty. The mower is covered for the first two years with unlimited hours – and years 3-4 up to 500 hours. All suspension components, including the coil-over shocks, and frame are covered for five years or 60 months. Landscape professionals can find their local Ferris dealer to schedule a demonstration at ferrismowers.com.

  • See operator’s manual or www.ferrismowers.com for complete warranty details.
  • All power levels are stated at gross horsepower at 3600 RPM per SAE J1940 as rated by Briggs & Stratton.
  • Cost savings based on standard oil maintenance with 100-hour interval versus Oil Guard System 500-hour service interval.

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12 Nov 2018

Military Families Need Your Help

Winter 2019 is going to be a teeth-chattering cold one, with plenty of snow, according to the venerable Farmers’ Almanac. That’s not the news families of deployed military personnel want to hear since clearing driveways and sidewalks of snow and ice is physically taxing, and a real hardship when one of the primary heads of household is not there.

military personnelThat’s why the need for volunteers remains strong and Project EverGreen, in partnership with BOSS Snowplow, is once again teaming up to make a difference this winter by encouraging snow management professionals to register to become a Project EverGreen SnowCare for Troops volunteer.

Now in its ninth year, the need for SnowCare for Troops volunteers is still tremendous. With military deployments occurring regularly across the U.S., new volunteers are needed in all states to provide snow removal service to the families of deployed military personnel. Volunteers are matched with families within their service area.

“SnowCare for Troops provides military families in need with peace of mind and lifts a significant burden from their plates,” says Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. “We’re very grateful for the commitment of our dedicated volunteers and the continued support from BOSS Snowplow. The leadership they have demonstrated in support of military families goes above and beyond the call of duty.”

November 11-17, 2018 is National SnowCare for Troops Awareness Week and is intended to raise the profile of the program and spotlight the efforts of the initiative’s loyal volunteers and the military families they help. Throughout the week, profiles and stories will be shared via social media. A video about the program is also available to view online.

military personnelSnowCare for Troops is more than clearing driveways and sidewalks of snow and ice. It’s a means to help military families maintain their independence and go about their daily routines taking care of family, work, school and more.

“BOSS Snowplow supports the SnowCare for Troops program as a meaningful way for our employees and our customers to give back to military families,” said Mark Klossner, director of marketing, BOSS Snowplow. “Our customers have great pride for their country and our armed forces and want to help others, so we are proud to lend our support.”

For more information or to register to be a SnowCare for Troops volunteer, visit the Project EverGreen website.

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