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TAG: Chicago

1-Minute Mentor: Gary LaScalea

March 12, 2014By

President of GroGreen, Plano, Texas Who’s your mentor? I’ve been in the industry for 40-some years, so I’ve had several. Bob Maddux, he’s one of the guys that inspired me back in my early days when I worked at a garden center (Delhi Flower & Garden Centers) in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the guy that worked you very hard, but... read more

Bayer to unveil vegetation management herbicide

August 23, 2013By

Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience, is slated to launch Esplanade EZ—a new vegetation preemergent herbicide for protecting municipal infrastructure—at the American Public Works Association (APWA) International Public Works Congress & Exposition in Chicago, Aug. 25–28. “Municipal maintenance programs typically require three to five herbicide applications per six-month growing season,” said Matt Nespeca, manager of Bayer’s Industrial Vegetation Management... read more

Mid Am 2013 expands into outdoor living market

October 31, 2012By
Logo: Mid Am Trade Show

CHICAGO—The Mid America Horticultural Trade Show (Mid Am) Board of Directors has unveiled a complete redesign of the show’s floor plan for Mid Am 2013, and plans are under way to include the underserved outdoor living market segment. These changes were prompted by direct feedback from past exhibitors and attendees. “Reports from members in the field are indicating that our... read more

Can gas remain king?

August 1, 2010By

Commercial cutters are warming to the COST SAVINGS and environmental benefits offered by alternative fuels. Tall and outgoing, Eric Hansen’s youthful enthusiasm keeps him investigating better ways to serve his landscape clients. While his tightly run, 30-person Competitive Lawn Services is best known in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove for providing reliable service the past 28 years, the past... read more

Homeless, but not hopeless

March 1, 2010By

Chris Gardner, author of the best-selling autobiography ‘The Pursuit of Happyness,’ shares his street smarts with Green Industry professionals. Every time I see the movie ‘The Pursuit of Happyness,’ I’m absolutely amazed. How did those people spend $70 million to tell a story about what I did with nothing?” half-jokes Chris Gardner, who penned the same-named rags-to-riches autobiography on which... read more