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TAG: Michigan

Fighting the stay at home order in Michigan

May 7, 2020By

When Michigan’s stay at home order took effect on March 24, Amy Upton, executive director of the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) went to work. Instead of labeling businesses as nonessential and essential as the state did, Upton says she and the team at MNLA wanted “to change the conversation to a safe workplace versus a not safe workplace.”... read more

Back in full force in Michigan

April 30, 2020By

We first spoke with Adam Schlutt, president of MAAC Property Services, Niles, Mich., at the beginning of April, when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer deemed landscaping nonessential in Michigan, and his crews were shut down. “It’s been an interesting time,” Schlutt says. The company’s location near the border of Indiana, where 60 percent of its accounts are, helped it stay afloat during... read more

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