TAG: Michigan

One landscape company’s climb back to the top

September 9, 2019By
The Todd’s Services leadership team. From left to right, Jeff Walz, Doug Murphy, Josh Robinson, Sherry LaButte-Birk, Kurt LaButte, Mark Becker and Kevin Birk. (Photo: Todd's Services)

Todd and Kurt LaButte, like many in the landscape industry, started young with a couple of push mowers, mowing neighbors’ lawns. Todd, being the older of the LaButte brothers (he was No. 5 of eight children, and Kurt was the youngest), named the company Todd’s Services. “We started in 1979, my brother and I,” Kurt LaButte says. “It was unique... read more

Water World: Meijer mishap

June 26, 2019By
Photo: Greg Winchel

Winchel Irrigation installed a new system during construction at new commercial site and encountered a few hiccups along the way read more

Larry Bakker, founder of LDS, leaves behind lasting legacy

February 20, 2019By

Larry Bakker, the founder of Landscape Design Services, died on Jan. 9, 2019, while in Florida. read more

Best practices for irrigation installation contracts

February 6, 2019By
Irrigation installation project (Photo: Winchel Irrigation)

Securing commercial irrigation installation projects is great for your business, just make sure the contracts protect you and your employees. read more

Boxwood blight reported in Michigan

December 12, 2018By

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) reported that boxwood blight was detected for the first time in Michigan. Three separate locations in Oakland County located the disease, including a landscape firm, a homeowner’s yard and in holiday wreaths being sold at a retail store. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) also alerted MDARD that... read more

Companies in the News: Stihl hosts student manufacturing camp; BioSafe expands; more from Toro, Morbark

August 17, 2016By

Stihl partnered with “Dream It. Do It. Virginia” to host the fifth annual Stihl Manufacturing Technology Summer Camp at its U.S. headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va. The four-day camp promotes modern manufacturing careers through technology-based projects. Selected by an essay application process, 35 high school students worked in teams to build “Escape Bots,” obstacle avoiding robots equipped with infrared sensors. Each member... read more