Companies in the News: Lawn Butler named best of Utah; more from Deere, Case, Akehurst

Rudy Larsen, CEO of Lawn Butler, was named the National Association of Landscape Professionals’ Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016.

Best of Statea Utah organization that recognizes the top businesses and people in the state, selected Lawn Butler as the Best Business Service Provider in Utah. It was the first time a landscape contractor won the award. Lawn Butler, which is currently growing organically at a rate of 320 percent per year, also brought home three more awards. “Our team has worked very hard to continue to grow our business and make it what it is today,” says Rudy Larsen, president and CEO of Lawn Butler, whom LM interviewed last year. “This is just well earned validation that what our team is doing is working. Though only about 30 people could be at the banquet that night this was a full team effort from all 130 team members.”

John Deere selected three finalists in its “Small Machines. Big Impact.” contest. After receiving community project ideas from companies across the country, the company made its decision based on community impact, alignment with John Deere’s Corporate Citizenship priorities and the value of a John Deere skid-steer or compact track loader would add to the project, the company said. The three finalists will have a chance to win a John Deere G-Series skid-steer or compact track loader with a WorkSite Pro Attachment. The finalists are:

  • Daryl Bridenbaugh, Building Houses and Hope in Putnam County, Ohio;
  • Eric Moores, Teaching Tomorrow’s Builders in Woodbine, Iowa; and
  • Tom Noble, Fielding Student Success in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Case Construction Equipment celebrated its 175th anniversary with an event in Racine, Wis. The company was founded in 1842 in Rochester, Wis., as the Racine Threshing Machine Works Co.  The event was attended by U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, more than 800 employees and a descendant of the Case family. The company also received a special citation from the state of Wisconsin recognizing its 175 years in business.

We typically only run one photo with this weekly article, but a dog on a mower is too good to ignore. Photo: Akehurst

Akehurst Landscape Service, with the help of its vendors, donated a Wright stand-on mower and Echo handheld tools to the H.C.S.O. K-9 Unit in Hartford County, Md. The equipment will help the unit maintain its dog training campus and shooting range.


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