Companies in the News: Dentco, Terra Nova celebrate anniversaries; Heads Up launches mentorship program; Deere dealer hits 1000 units; Gravely launches mower sweepstakes

March 1, 2017 -  By


Dentco is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Founded by Greg Dent, the company began as Trees, Inc. and quickly grew to a national player in the retail store and restaurant maintenance industry. Though Dent retired in 2000, his son and longtime employee Justin Dent serves the company as COO, keeping up the family tradition. The company plans to grow by 10 percent in each of the next ten years.  “It’s been an amazing experience and the team in place now continues to carry on the mission of quality assurance and hiring more great people,” said Dent. “I remain surprised by the huge strides of positive change I see when I visit the corporate headquarters.”

John Deere dealer Everglades Farm Equipment sold more than 1000 commercial ZTrak mower units in 2016. The dealer, which has 12 locations in central and southern Florida, also hit the 1,000-unit mark in 2015. John Deere honored the dealership for this achievement.

Terra Nova Nurseries, a plant breeder and wholesaler located in Canby, Ore., is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Founded by Ken Brown, Dan Heims, Jody Brown and Lynne Bartenstein, the company has introduced more than 1,000 varieties of new perennials and annuals. Its research produces dozens of new selections each year and has set industry standards in the advancement of heater, agastache, trail, sedum, heucherella, hellebores, echinacea, coreopsis and other genera, according to the company.

Gravely, as part of its new partnership with Yamaha, launched its “Test Ride and Win” contest, which begins March 1 and continues through May. Landscapers who visit a Gravely dealer and test drive a Pro Turn 200 or 400 will have a chance to win one of two Pro-Turn 460s, valued at $13,499 each. No purchase is necessary to enter the contest. Winners will be announced in June.

Heads Up Landscape Contractors debuted a year-long mentorship program for its employees under the leadership of mentorship expert Jim Perrone. Perrone, co-author of “The Mentee’s Navigator: Making Mentoring Happen” and “A Mentor’s Handbook,” and co-principal of Perrone-Ambrose Associates, led a two-day training session at Heads Up’s Albuquerque, N.M., headquarters in February. Ten employees paired with 10 mentors to discuss expectations, goals and objectives.


About the Author:

Dillon Stewart graduated from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, earning a Bachelor of Science in Online Journalism with specializations in business and political science. Stewart is a former associate editor of LM.

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