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Companies in the News: Case and Southeastern Equipment aid in tornado recovery; Kioti recognized as top-performing manufacturer by the Equipment Dealers Association; and more from Nufarm Americas, Green Lawn Fertilizing, Unilock and Conserva Irrigation

July 17, 2019 -  By
Team Rubicon members assist in cleaning up the aftermath of tornadoes in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo: Case Construction Equipment)

Team Rubicon members assist in cleaning up the aftermath of tornadoes in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo: Case Construction Equipment)

Case Construction Equipment and Southeastern Equipment supported Team Rubicon in its efforts to help the Dayton, Ohio, community recover from the destruction of the EF4 tornado that caused extensive damage across multiple swaths of the city.

The tornado, which touched down late on the night of May 27, traveled 19 miles across the northern part of the city, impacting numerous residential areas. In total, it is estimated that the tornado damaged more than 1,600 homes, impacting between 7,500 and 10,000 people.

Team Rubicon started operations on May 31 with damage surveys before transitioning to tree, brush and debris removal efforts in neighborhoods including Beaver Creek, Dayton and other communities in Miami County. In many situations, large trees were sawed, then removed and cleared by a Case Construction TV380 equipped with a construction brush grapple bucket, which was furnished by Southeastern Equipment. Case’s Team Rubicon-branded SV340 skid-steer loader was also used during the operation. The heavy equipment operations helped Team Rubicon complete more than 147 work orders and move more than 15,000 cubic yards of debris.

“The work that Team Rubicon does to help communities recover from major disasters like this is truly unbelievable,” said Gary Arthur, manager of Southeastern’s Monroe, Ohio, branch. “Being on-site and seeing the amount of work that gets done when Team Rubicon’s highly skilled sawyer teams and our equipment makes you feel good, knowing that it’s making a real difference for local families.”

For a fourth time, Kioti Tractor, a division of Daedong-USA, was recognized as a top-performing manufacturer with Gold Level status by the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA).

The recognition is given to companies that receive exceptionally high ratings from dealers for their commitment to providing top-quality products, parts, service and support to dealers in the U.S. and Canada.

In its annual dealer-manufacturer relations survey, the EDA asked agricultural and outdoor power equipment dealers to rate the companies whose products they represent on 12 key categories including product quality and availability to marketing and advertising support. Gold status is awarded to those companies who receive exemplary ratings from dealers in their manufacturing classifications.

Nufarm Americas has been designated by Trade & Industry Development as a 2019 Top-15 Community Impact Award recipient.

Nufarm was recognized for its $20 million investment in Greenville, Miss., where the company is transforming an existing industrial property into a modern manufacturing operation. The facility is expected to contribute 68 jobs within the Delta region and bring opportunities for construction business and support services as well.

The award is part of Trade & Industry Development’s annual CiCi Awards, which recognizes companies across the U.S. for their leadership in corporate investment and community impact. The recipients are selected based on nominations from economic development agencies.

Nufarm announced the expansion of its North American manufacturing operations with the dedication of the new facility in Greenville in November 2018. It will be fully operational this fall. The 16-acre site was selected after an extensive review throughout the Mississippi River Delta.

Green Lawn Fertilizing and Green Pest Solutions were featured on the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2019 Best Places to Work list.

The award goes to companies in the greater Philadelphia area who are dedicated to creating a positive work environment for employees.

Green Lawn Fertilizing and Green Pest Solutions is an independent lawn and pest control company that was founded in 2004. Under the leadership of Matt Jesson, president and owner of Green Lawn Fertilizing and Green Pest Solutions, the company has grown to more than 170 team members and more than 100 service vehicles in its fleet.

Unilock has won a Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019 for its U-Cara wall system.

U-Cara is a two-component landscape wall system for constructing landscape planters, retaining walls, landscape water features and barbecue tables.

The system features fascia panels that are movable and interchangeable, opening up many options with patterns, colors and textures, according to the company.

Conserva Irrigation has achieved significant growth in the first half of 2019, signing eight new franchise and expansion deals.

Now operating in more than 83 territories across the country, Conserva was also chosen as the winner of the 1st Annual Franchise Innovation Awards for the Most Innovative Service category and named to Entrepreneur’s list of the Top New Franchises for 2019.

“Since we started Conserva Irrigation, we’ve never wavered from the values that have been our foundation and we’re excited that our team’s hard work and dedication has translated into success for our brand,” said Russ Jundt, founder of Conserva Irrigation. “I firmly believe that our company provides the best product and service in the industry, and it’s our passion for finding a solution to water waste that has allowed us to stand out as a leader. We look forward to building on our success and can’t wait to see what the future holds for Conserva.”

Jundt and Conserva Irrigation are looking to expand in Southern California, Denver and Texas.

Sarah Webb

About the Author:

Sarah Webb is Landscape Management's former managing editor. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University, where she studied journalism and Spanish. Prior to her role at LM, Sarah was an intern for Cleveland Magazine and a writing tutor.

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