Companies in the News: ASV Holdings adds more dealers to its network; Isuzu celebrates 35th anniversary in U.S.; and more from Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado, Kioti Tractor and Case

(Photo: Case Construction Equipment)
(Photo: Case Construction Equipment)

ASV Holdings added several new dealers to its dealer network in Q4 of 2018: R&S Industries, Robin Rents and Kruseman Implement, plus new locations for Heavy Machines, Buckeye Power Sales and Delta Power Equipment.

“At ASV, we understand that the customer experience starts with the dealer,” said Justin Rupar, ASV vice president of sales and marketing. “That’s why we work hard to build partnerships with dealers who excel in customer service. We are proud to welcome these new dealers to our expanding dealer network and look forward to growing the ASV brand with them.”

The new dealers will offer all ASV Posi-Track compact track loaders (CTLs), including several new CTLs — the RT-25 and RT-40 and the RT-65. The companies will also carry ASV’s skid-steer loaders.

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, recently celebrated its 35th anniversary of Isuzu trucks in the U.S.

The company was founded on March 21, 1984, and the first Isuzu truck arrived in the U.S. in November of that year. The KS22 model had no tilt cab and was powered by an 87-hp engine.

Earlier this month, Isuzu also announced that it would add two gasoline-powered Class 5 models in mid-2020.

“While we are celebrating Isuzu trucks’ first 35 years in the North American market, we’re really looking forward,” said Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America and Isuzu Commercial Truck of Canada. “The new NQR and NRR gasoline trucks coming next year demonstrate that we are focused on the future and providing quality, reliability and low cost of operation to the North American marketplace for another 35 years — and beyond.”

Kioti Tractor recently awarded top customer experience honors — the 5-Paw certification — to more than 80 dealers in North America.

Of the 84 5-Paw dealers awarded for their efforts in 2018, 18 were awarded the 5-Paw premier certification, the highest level possible within the Kioti 5-Paw Dealer Excellence Program.

“At Kioti, we are committed to the total customer experience,” said Peter Dong-Kyun Kim, president and CEO of Daedong-USA, Kioti Tractor Division. “Recognizing more than 80 dealers with our highest customer experience certification for a second year in a row exemplifies our dealer’s dedication to top performance and exceeding our customer’s needs.”

To receive the sought-after 5-Paw certification, Kioti dealers are evaluated annually on their mastery of service, sales, operations, parts support and marketing. Dealers who meet or exceed these qualifications earn the right to display Kioti’s 5-Paw logo at their dealership.

The program was created in 2008 to recognize exemplary dealerships and provide exclusive benefits as a reward for their achievement.

Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC), Colorado’s landscape industry association, announced the recipients of its fifth annual Elite Awards.

“These awards celebrate the commitment of companies and clients to create and maintain exceptional landscapes that support Colorado’s outdoor lifestyle,” said ALCC Executive Director John McMahon.

Award categories mirror the services and amenities ALCC member companies provide their clients including community stewardship, customer service, design/build, innovation, irrigation management, landscape construction, maintenance and use of color. The MVP category also recognizes one landscape company employee for outstanding service and dedication to their organization and the industry.

This year, the awards were presented by ALCC and sponsored by Colorado Material. This year’s recipients, finalists and a brief description of their project submissions can be found here.

Case Construction Equipment dealer Asco recently provided a TR310 compact track loader and CX130D excavator to disaster recovery nonprofits Team Rubicon and project leader SBP. The equipment was used for demolition work before SBP could rebuild a Houston home that first was burnt to the ground then flooded during Hurricane Harvey.

Asha Ramraj and her husband first purchased the home in 2002. Years later, in 2015, the home burned to the ground, leaving only the laundry room intact. Ramraj’s husband passed away shortly after, leaving her alone to shoulder the burden of rebuilding while she lived in what remained of her home. Then in 2017, what was left of the Ramraj’s home was flooded during Hurricane Harvey.

“Case Construction and Asco were eager to work with Team Rubicon to support SBP in helping get this home rebuild off to a good start in any way we could,” said Michel Marchand, vice president – North America, Case Construction Equipment. “The resiliency of Ms. Ramraj in the face of continued hardship is truly incredible, and ASCO was ready to help immediately.”

Team Rubicon collaborated with SBP, another disaster recovery nonprofit, with the demolition of the home, which would have set back SBP’s budget considerably. SBP plans to complete construction of the home in the coming months.

“Here was this insanely resilient woman who had been through so much,” said Cli Roberts, executive director of SBP’s Houston operation. “We desperately wanted to help her get her home back. I don’t know how we would have could have done it without help from Team Rubicon, Case and Asco.”

Sarah Webb

Sarah Webb

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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