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Companies in the News: Updates from Hunter, Kioti and more

December 7, 2021 -  By
Hunter Industries celebrated its 40th anniversary. (Photo courtesy of Hunter Industries)

Hunter Industries celebrated its 40th anniversary. (Photo courtesy of Hunter Industries)

Hunter Industries is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Hunter Industries has helped pave the way with many irrigation innovations since 1981, including the rotor revolution, multistream sprinklers and smart controllers.

More than 1,210 contractors, specifiers, distributors and other green industry pros risked their coins for a chance to win a classic 1981 Corvette in celebration of the 40th anniversary. The winner was Steve Cook, from Parker, Colo.

Kioti Tractor, a division of Daedong-USA, is helping one local nonprofit use heavy machinery to make a difference in its community. Kioti. recently donated a custom CK2610 HST tractor, KL4030 front-end loader, KB2475L backhoe and accompanying trailer to Rebuilding Together of the Triangle (RTT).

The organization will use the equipment in its work providing no-cost home repairs to local neighbors in need. The donation is the latest effort in Kioti’s Dirt Brigade initiative, which empowers and celebrates people using heavy machinery to give back to those in need.

Kioti’s Dirt Brigade launched last year as a virtual community of doers using their Kioti tractors, utility vehicles and zero-turn-radius mowers to better communities. Through the Facebook group, hundreds of Dirt Brigade members share inspiring stories of their own acts of kindness, including assisting with hurricane cleanup and maintaining an elderly neighbor’s yard.

By partnering with RTT, Kioti is expanding the Dirt Brigade’s reach by ensuring that its equipment is available where it is needed most. RTT, which serves homeowners in need near Kioti’s North American headquarters in Wendell, N.C., assists hundreds of families every year through its work to repair homes, revitalize communities and rebuild lives.

Doosan Bobcat is being honored with two 2022 CES Innovation Awards in the categories of Vehicle Intelligence & Transportation and Smart Cities.

The awards come from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which recognizes outstanding product design and engineering in consumer technology products. The award was made ahead of CES 2022, the world’s most influential technology event to be held Jan. 5 through Jan. 8 in Las Vegas.

“Doosan Bobcat is honored to receive these awards, as the recognition highlights our ongoing commitment to innovation, technology and sustainability,” said Scott Park, CEO for Doosan Bobcat. “The awards recognize our efforts to build cutting-edge, smart machines while enhancing the power and performance the Bobcat brand is well-known for.”

Nicolock Paving Stones, a hardscape manufacturer, is positioned for future growth by upgrading one plant and constructing two new manufacturing facilities in New Jersey and Maryland.

Nicolock made enhancements to one plant and broke ground for two new manufacturing facilities to expand its footprint into the Midwest and Southern states. These dealers and contractors rely on Nicolock as a single source for paving stones, wall systems, piers, coping, caps, steps, fire pits and fireplaces and outdoor dining and living products.

Each plant can produce more than 60,000 square feet per day, tripling production in New Jersey and doubling it in Maryland.

Family-owned and operated for 60 years, Nicolock’s success rests on its trendsetting hardscape/paver products, its proprietary paver-shield technology for maximum protection and vibrant color selections guaranteed to last for generations.

Five landscape company CEOs and their senior teams from Next Level Network, a peer group of market-leading CEOs, gathered at the group’s 11th annual university, held for the second time at Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals.

The group’s “Leadership Summit” was hosted by peer group member, John Munie, CEO, Focal Pointe Outdoor Solutions, and facilitated by national peer group organization, Bruce Wilson & Co.

This year, the Summit’s mandate was to explore trends that are transforming the future of leadership, including societal and market shifts and automation, and featured world renown speakers Verne Harnish, founder of EO (Entrepreneurs’ Organization) and author, “Scaling Up, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits; The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time,” who spoke on why yesterday’s tools won’t work in tomorrow’s workplace, and John DiJulius, best-selling author of “The Relationship Economy, Customer Service Revolution, and Secret Service Hidden Systems That Deliver Unforgettable Customer Service.”

Speaker Michelle Backes, senior consultant at The Trust Edge Leadership Institute, and former chaplain for the WNBA Minnesota Lynx, spoke on the importance of trust.

Event activities included a Busch Stadium tour, where attendees tested their swings in the batting cages; a tour of Focal Pointe’ Caseyville facility and discussion on Lean management practices; and a tour of Washington University in St. Louis, that included Francis Field from the 1904 Olympics, the East End Campus renovation project (recipient of a Gold Large Project Award by the National Association of Landscape Professionals) and a discussion on the intricacies of maintaining complex properties.

The Leadership Summit was sponsored by Site One, Ewing, Caterpillar, John Deere, Enterprise Fleet, Toro, Wright, RedMax, Aspire, Weathermatic, Envue GPS, Integrated Payroll Solutions, Ariens/Gravely, and Hunter. A vendor expo at Busch Stadium gave attendees the chance to talk with green industry equipment manufacturers about automation, technology, sustainability, and supply chain.

Altoz has been awarded a Sourcewell cooperative purchasing contract following a rigorous proposal process for contracts that meet or exceed local procurement requirements.

Sourcewell is a self-sustaining government organization offering a cooperative purchasing program with more than 400 competitively solicited contracts to government, education and nonprofit entities throughout North America. By using Sourcewell contracts, participating agencies save time and money by capturing the buying power of more than 65,000 organizations.

Altoz tracked mowers appeal to those who maintain parks, trail systems, road right-of-ways and anywhere that slopes, technical terrain or water features make mowing challenging or time-consuming with traditional equipment.

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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