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Companies in the News: Updates from Kohler Engines, Exmark and more

January 14, 2020 -  By
Landeros Reid and family, along with representatives from Kohler, Medart, and Lawn & Leisure. (Photo provided by Kohler)

Landeros Reid and family, along with representatives from Kohler, Medart, and Lawn & Leisure. (Photo provided by Kohler)

Kohler Engines and Medart, a distributor of engines and outdoor power equipment based in Arnold, Mo., worked together to replace nearly $25,000 worth of landscaping equipment that was stolen from Landeros Reid, owner of L&L Lawn Service in Blue Springs, Mo.

“Word travels fast,” said TJ Landrum, vice president-marketing for Kohler Engines. “One of our associates saw the story and asked if we could help. Once we learned about Mr. Reid’s ordeal, we immediately jumped on board.”

Kohler donated a 52-inch Scag V-Ride II mower that features a Kohler Command PRO EFI 25-hp engine and a Toro TurfMaster HDX mower powered by a Kohler Command PRO CV200 engine. Medart is contributing additional handheld equipment.

“Landscapers are at the heart of our business,” Landrum said. “We felt it was important to help one of our own. We hope the donation gets Mr. Reid back on his feet as quickly as possible.”

Exmark launched a new Honors Program, through which current and former military members and first responders are entitled to a discount of up to $1,500 on a new Exmark mower.

“We salute these heroes and recognize the tremendous debt of gratitude we owe them for their service, and the time commitment it requires,” said Daryn Walters, Exmark general manager. “With the Honors Program, Exmark is making it easier for them to spend less time maintaining their lawns and more time doing the things they love.”

The Exmark Honors Program is open to all current and former military, law enforcement, fire, rescue and EMT personnel. The Honors Program includes all new Exmark Radius, Lazer Z and Navigator zero-turn riders, Staris and Vantage stand-on riders and Turf Tracer walk-behind mower models. Discounts range from $300 to $1,500 off CSP or national promotion price, depending on model.

The program runs through Oct. 31.

Spring-Green Lawn Care added new franchise owners, Lee and Yvonne Nisly.

The Nislys will service Wichita and Hutchinson, Kansas and the surrounding communities.

Lee Nisly, a seasoned green industry expert, started his career working at a maintenance company when he was in high school. Together Lee and Yvonne purchased Lee’s Lawn Care in 1999.

“We were spinning our wheels, and then one day we received a call from Spring-Green about diversification, and it provided us the help we were looking for,” Yvonne said. “They know how to scale businesses and their system allows for us to grow at a manageable level. We are very happy with how Spring-Green has worked with us. They have been flexible which helped us minimize our debt. The idea of having a system that someone else has tried and succeed at appealed to us. We are looking forward to attending peer groups and building relationships with other franchise owners.”

Kubota held a special sweepstakes contest giving landscape business owners the opportunity to win an SZ Series stand-on mower in the fall. Entries were accepted through the final day of this year’s GIE+EXPO.

Chris Buzzard, who owns Hawcreek Landscaping in Columbus, Ind., was selected from more than 6,700 entrants as the winner of Kubota’s SZ Standoff Sweepstakes and received his new SZ Series stand-on mower during a special ceremony at Jacobi Sales in Seymour, Ind., on Dec. 12, 2019.

Takeuchi-US added Mountain Farm International as a new dealer.

Located in Crossville, Tenn., the dealer will provide sales, service, parts and rental to customers throughout middle Tennessee.

Carrying the full lineup of Takeuchi equipment, including excavators, skid-steer loaders, track loaders and wheel loaders, Mountain Farm’s primary customer base is agricultural, landscaping and small to medium contractors.

Case Construction Equipment received the Good Design Award for ProjectTETRA, the methane-powered wheel loader concept that provides an insight into a sustainable, connected and technologically advanced future of construction, according to the company.

The Good Design program is organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and recognizes the best designed products across the globe for sustainability, superior design and unparalleled function.

United Rentals recognized JCB North America as its 2019 Supplier of the Year.

The award recognizes JCB for outstanding value, timely delivery, product support, training and procurement excellence.

“Winning the coveted United Rentals Supplier of the Year award is a great honor for JCB and high praise from a vitally important customer we’ve been proud to partner with for more than 20 years,” said Andrea Whelan, vice president for direct sales at JCB North America. “It’s also deserved recognition for the JCB team that supports our United Rentals partner, and for the passion and commitment they bring to their work every day.”

JCB has supplied United Rentals with an extensive range of construction equipment and material handlers since the company was founded in 1997.

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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