Golf Course Management

SEP 2018

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82 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 09.18 (industry news) were on hand, along with Mine Safety and Health Adminis- tration (MSHA) officials to recognize the accomplishment. Profile also honored the career of Dwight Schipke, director of manufacturing operations, who is retiring from Profile's Blue Mountain plant after 41½ years. Founded in 1949, the Blue Mountain facility has been under Profile's owner- ship since 1986 and is home to a workforce of close to 50 employees, 18 of whom have worked through the duration of the 1.5 million safe hours. The achievement can be traced back to the implementation of a safety program in the 1980s, which created a safety-first culture and has played an important role in the plant's operation over the years. The manufacturing facility is one of five owned by Profile nationwide. The plant mines, processes and dis- tributes clay-based products primarily to companies in the sports turf and golf industries. Profile's other four plants are located in Conover, N.C.; Canton, Ohio; Columbia Tenn.; and Limestone, Tenn. Aqua-Aid rebranded itself with a modernized look and name: Aqua-Aid Solutions . The company says the rebrand reflects over 30 years of successfully delivering high-value solutions to turf managers, while looking to the future with the growth incurred over the past five years within its business. Aqua-Aid Solutions' portfolio delivers innovative technologies that focus on each element of a successful turfgrass system, water, air, soil and sunlight, the company says, and has the ability to provide syner- gistic moisture-management, biological, soil and cultural solutions within its portfolio of products. Each technology provides long-lasting agronomic value and improved aesthetics and playability on turfgrass systems in the golf and sports field arena, the company says. Along with a new name and logo, Aqua-Aid Solutions launched a new John Deere has committed to serve as a partner for The Solheim Cup , Sept. 9-15, 2019, at Glen - eagles in Scotland. The company will be the official golf course and turf maintenance machinery event partner at Gleneagles for the 16th edition of the biennial match. The John Deere brand has a long association with professional golf, having been a title sponsor on the PGA Tour, official supplier to the PGA Tour for 25 years, official supplier to the Ladies European Tour and a partner at numerous Solheim Cup events. In addition, John Deere is also the exclusive provider of golf course maintenance machinery and equipment across all three golf courses at Gleneagles. John Deere's partnership at the 2019 Solheim Cup will include on-course branding, display of its products in the Spectator Village and using its association with The Solheim Cup for customer promotions and incentives at dealerships worldwide. Profile Products announced that its Blue Mountain manufacturing plant celebrated 1.5 million consecutive hours without a lost-time accident. A celebra- tion was held June 20 featuring a luncheon for employees, and awards were presented to signify the safety milestone. The streak began on March 25, 2002. County dignitaries Altoz, manufacturer of high-performance zero- turn (ZTR) mowers, announced Barry Swanger joined the company as district sales manager in June. Swanger will provide support for existing dealers and continue to grow the Altoz dealer net- work in the Northeast region of the United States. Swanger has worked as a territory sales manager in the distribution of multiple brands within the turf equipment industry over the course of his career. District sales MANAGER John Deere — The Solheim Cup

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