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TAG: 2013 Irrigation Show & Education Conference

Marketing moguls

January 14, 2014By

In a state where water conservation may be more of an afterthought than a leading concern, Glen Allen, Va.-based James River Grounds Management (JRGM) acknowledged the matter from a marketing standpoint better than any other contractor in the country, as seen by the Irrigation Association (IA). The full-service company, which is 10 percent irrigation, won the contractor category of the... read more

IA puts in place 2013–2016 board of directors

November 22, 2013By

The Irrigation Association (IA)  elected three new members to serve on its 2013–2016 board of directors. Print and e-mailed ballots were distributed to all voting members in late September, with results tallied Oct. 11. The new directors include: Jeff Lanahan, senior vice president of John Deere Landscapes in Troy, Mich.; Chris Roth, president of Reinke Manufacturing in Deshler, Neb.; and... read more

IA names 2013 New Product Contest winners

November 21, 2013By

The Irrigation Association (IA) declared the winners of the 2013 New Product Contest during the general session at the Irrigation Show & Education Conference, Nov. 4–8 in Austin, Texas. “With 50 entries, this was the largest contest we’ve had since its inception,” said IA President Warren Thoma. “This number says great things about the status of innovation in our industry.”... read more

Toro reels in 3rd IA New Product Contest win

November 19, 2013By

For its third straight year, The Toro Co. was named a winner of the Irrigation Association’s New Product Contest, with its EVOLUTION controller holding up the streak in 2013 in the turf/landscape category. Toro’s Precision Soil Sensor won in 2012 and its PrecisionSense site assessment system won in 2011. The EVOLUTION controller, which is patent pending and lunched in the... read more

2013 Irrigation Show & Education Conference draws 4,000

November 18, 2013By

The Irrigation Association’s 2013 Irrigation Show & Education Conference packed the Austin Convention Center Nov. 4-8, drawing 4,000 participants and 315 exhibiting companies. “It was the first time we’d ever held a show in Austin, and it was a great central location,” said Steve McCarter, chair of IA’s expo advisory committee and senior product sales manager at Rain Bird Corp.... read more

Throwback Thursday: November 2007

November 7, 2013By

Among the chatter about irrigation systems and products at the 2013 Irrigation Show & Education Conference this week, concerns over water restrictions due to drought also have bounced off the walls at the Austin Convention Center. Lack of water certainly isn’t a new conversation among landscape contractors, though. This week’s Throwback Thursday post from our November 2007 issue attests to that.... read more