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Companies in the News: Updates from Takeuchi-US, Caterpillar and more

August 12, 2020 -  By
Norris Sales Co. (Photo: Takeuchi-U.S.)

Norris Sales Co. (Photo: Takeuchi-U.S.)

Takeuchi-U.S. awarded Tri-West Tractor the 2019 West Region Dealer of the Year for its successful sales efforts. Takeuchi’s regional business manager Hampton Wideman presented the award at CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas. Tri-West Tractor is a family-owned business in Livermore, Calif.

Takeuchi-U.S. also named awarded Groff Tractor Mid-Atlantic as the 2019 Dealer of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic Region for its successful sales efforts in 2019. The full-service construction dealer has five locations throughout Maryland and Delaware.

Takeuchi-U.S. has also awarded Cowin Equipment as the 2019 Southeast Dealer of the Year. Takeuchi’s southeast business region manager Steve DePriest presented Cowin Equipment with the award. The company is a full-service sales, rentals and service dealer with locations in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

It named Diamond Equipment as the 2019 Dealer of the Year for the Midwest Region. Takeuchi’s Midwest region business manager Paul Wade presented the award to members of Diamond Equipment at their Evansville, Ind., location. The full-service dealer has five locations throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee.

And finally, Takeuchi-U.S. bestowed the 2019 Dealer of the Year for the Northeast Region to Norris Sales Co. Mark Barndollar, Northeast region business manager at Takeuchi recently presented the award to the dealership. The full-service construction dealer has one location in Conshohocken, Pa., and one in Sicklerville, N.J.

For the second year in a row, Aspire Software has made the Inc. 5000 list, an annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

This year, Aspire ranked No. 1946 overall, with a three-year growth rate of 217 percent and is positioned as the 256th fastest-growing software company on the list.

“It’s incredible to see how companies in the landscaping and snow/ ice removal industries have embraced technology to manage their businesses,” said Aspire Software CEO Mark Tipton. “We’re honored to contribute to our clients’ success by providing the technology to help them achieve their goals.”

Founded in 2013, Aspire has since grown to support companies of all sizes, including 36 industry leaders from Landscape Management’s Top 150 list. The Aspire platform is used by more than 34,000 users in over 800 locations nationwide and is responsible for the management of nearly $3 billion in landscape-industry revenue.

Caterpillar will expand its online shopping capabilities for customers. After completing a successful two-year pilot, Caterpillar rolled out Manufacturing Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for equipment on for all U.S. Cat dealers. Participating dealers will also include a transparent sales price for machines and related attachments, simplifying the sales process.

Customers can rely on the expanded site for access to machine specifications, product videos and features. Customers can also conveniently choose from different levels of extended protection plans (EPP), a full line of attachments, financing options and special financing deals available at the time of purchase. Plus, the site calculates monthly payments, based on machine configuration, EPP selected and financing options, so the customer knows the dealer acquisition price and monthly payment. Financing can be attained through Cat Financial online, leaving only the final paperwork upon machine delivery.

The Toro Co. (TTC) launched its Sustainability Endures platform, which will strengthen TTC’s strategic focus on sustainability and its long-standing commitment to making a positive impact financially, socially and environmentally worldwide.

Sustainability is core to TTC’s purpose and culture. In fiscal year 2019, TTC enhanced its focus on sustainability by establishing a cross-functional sustainability leadership team to further develop and implement an enterprise-wide sustainability strategy. In doing so, TTC strives to build on its tradition of sustainability and drive progress with a transparent, integrated approach.

Sustainability Endures introduces four strategic pillars — people, products, process and planning — that help define and guide The Toro Company’s sustainability strategies and execution of those strategies. Through these pillars, The Toro Company is focusing on environmental, social and governance areas that it believes are most material to TTC and where it can make a meaningful impact, including health and safety, diversity, equity and inclusion, water conservation, product innovation and operational efficiency.

This year also marked an important milestone for The Toro Co. in its sustainability efforts with the release of its 2019 Sustainability Report. The report reflects TTC’s culture of innovation and long- standing commitment to economic, environmental and social responsibility, including its products, its global operations and philanthropic support worldwide. The 2019 Sustainability Report focuses on TTC’s efforts during its 2019 fiscal year and before and, as such, does not cover its response to the COVID-19 pandemic or the recent social unrest and social justice activities concerning systemic racism that have impacted the lives of many around the world.

ASV Holdings added new dealers to its dealer network in Q2 of 2020 — three locations each for new dealers CLM Equipment Co. and TraxPlus, as well as the addition of Nick’s Skid & Steer and a location for Quality Forklift Sales & Service.

The new dealers represent a significant addition to ASV’s quickly growing dealer network as the company expands across the U.S. and Canada. The new dealers will offer ASV’s full line of Posi-Track compact track loaders, which includes the RT-40, RT-25 and the recently introduced RT-50; the mid-sized RT-65, RT-75 and VT-70 High Output; and the RT-120 Forestry. The dealers will also offer ASV’s full line of skid-steer loaders.

Mejor, a business software and automation tool designed for the landscape maintenance industry, partnered with Feeding America to donate 100 meals for each new Mejor subscriber that takes advantage of the company’s 60-day free trial period.

Mejor is an automation and project management tool for independent and small landscaping companies. It was designed to help business owners reduce administrative overhead costs, improve efficiencies and increase profits. Mejor is offering the first 50 new subscribers between now and Sept. 30 a free two-month subscription to the technology platform. The offer also includes free onboarding, a $550 value. Mejor will donate 100 meals to Feeding America for each new subscriber, for a total of 5,000 donated meals. Landscape Management readers can access the free subscription by visiting:

Arborjet supported a grant for The Food Bank of Western, Mass., which has been on the front lines of emergency food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are proud to support The Food Bank’s initiatives, which directly align with our mission at Arborjet: to offer innovative plant health, support the agricultural and horticultural community, commit to corporate sustainability by protecting trees, helping to reduce overall water usage; and to truly provide products, with people and planet in mind,” said Arborjet Director of Commercial Sales Mark Andrews.

As of July 23, David J. Frank Landscape Contracting has gone 1,825 consecutive days — five years — with no lost time due to accidents, extending the longest streak in company history.

“This streak began under the guidance of our founder and my father, David J. Frank. He would be so proud of this monumental milestone,” said CEO and President David R. Frank. “He was passionate about safety and protective of our team members, and he understood that implementing safe practices was important to the stability of the company.”

Like many outdoor careers, the combination of heavy equipment, power tools and fluctuating weather conditions present landscape workers with daily risks, and keeping the company’s 250 employees safe requires diligence.

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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