Golf Course Management

OCT 2018

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10.18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 79 Persimmon Country Club will be managed by Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon. Persimmon Country Club's 18-hole, par-71 golf course opened for play in 1992 and was designed by Gene "Bunny" Mason, who is credited with designing numerous courses in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest throughout the 1970s, '80s and '90s. The course is situated in a protective mountain bowl, surrounded by tall pine trees with numerous wetlands, lakes and creeks throughout the property. SOLitude Lake Management , a consultant in lake, pond, wetland and fisheries-management services, appeared in July on the television series "World's Greatest!..." The 30-minute show highlights the "world's greatest" companies, products, places and people. Each episode offers a fast-paced tour around the world featuring behind-the-scenes footage, informative interviews and vibrant visuals. SOLitude's exponential growth, premium service offerings and commitment to the environment, coupled with a dedicated focus on internal culture and charitable efforts, helped solidify the company's selection as the best in the freshwater management industry and inclusion in the show's 260th episode, the company says. The filming of the segment took place in May at SOLitude's Virginia Beach, Va., office and nearby managed properties. Koch Agronomic Services is breaking ground on a new tank-farm expansion in Sylacauga, Ala. The facility — which produces both Polyon and Duration enhanced-efficiency fertilizers for the turf and ornamental, specialty crop and consumer markets — is experiencing record demand for its products, the company says. Building on this success, the plant has begun construction on a new tank farm. The expansion is expected to improve capacity and reliability while decreasing energy consumption. "It's been an exciting year for us, and Koch is solidifying its future in Sylacauga with the largest capital investment since we acquired this facility in 2014," says Jeff Bird, Koch Agronomic Services plant manager. "It's always good to see economic development like this in our community, and these upgrades will allow us to continue establishing Koch's place as an innovator in the fertilizer space." The tank-farm project essentially replaces the entire chemical processing system for three of the facility's four current production lines and includes repurposing a previously decommissioned part of the plant. Other up- grades are: installation of a new chemical unloading station, eight new chemical storage tanks, new transfer pumps, new technologies for product blending and more. Koch's Sylacauga facility has 75 full-time production employees and is actively recruiting plant operators, shipping operators and a quality manager, with additional growth positions anticipated. For career possibilities, visit Koch, The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) held its 66th annual meeting in June, focusing on messages of innovation and industry advancement. "Our annual meeting is the premier opportunity for members, suppliers, vendors and finan- ciers to engage in a relaxed atmosphere, discuss the most important issues facing the industry today, and to do some business," says Kris Kiser, OPEI president and CEO. The trade association introduced its new statistics vendor, Vault Consulting, which showcased updates to the members-only program's capabilities and categories. OPEI staff also shared the latest forecast update for key categories of equipment. In addition, OPEI rolled out a preview of a new television program sponsored by TurfMutt and produced in partnership with Hearst Television and Litton Entertainment. The show, which highlights the importance of lawns and outdoor space to families and pets, will debut this fall on The CW television network. The OPEI Board of Directors met in conjunction with the annual meeting, installing its 2018-2019 leadership. The board bid farewell to outgoing chairman Dan Ariens , Ariens Co., and welcomed incoming chairman Tom Cromwell , Kohler Power, Kohler Co. Earl Bennett , Husqvarna Professional Products, was appointed to the board. Also on the 2018-2019 board are vice chair Bjoern Fischer , Stihl, and secretary-treasurer Rick Olson , The Toro Co. DLF Pickseed acquired La Crosse Seed , according to the La Crosse (Wis.) Tribune. La Crosse Seed is a distributor of turfgrass, forage crop and cover crop seed in the Midwest. DLF Pickseed was formed in 2013 when DLF acquired Pickseed Canada and Pickseed USA. DLF was founded in 1906 and is a leader globally in the research, develop- ment, production and distribution of turfgrass and forage crop seed. SOLitude Lake Management

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