Golf Course Management

JAN 2014

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Harper Industries Inc. Located at the intersection of Highways 2, 160 and State Road 14 in tiny Harper, Kan., is where you fnd Harper Industries. Small town. Big business. Harper Industries proves you don't have to be an industry giant with a famous name to be big-time. They certainly are superstars in these parts. "They employ close to 10 percent of our population (which is approximately 1,400)," says 75-year-old Ken Leu, who doubles as fre chief and newspaper publisher plus possesses deep roots in this community that is in south central Kansas, 25 miles north of the Oklahoma border. "The company is a major fnancial asset to our community. What is so good about them is they're homegrown. They're as good as it gets." Harper Industries designs and builds products for agriculture, landscaping and sports turf management, among others. In July 1998 Harper Industries purchased the assets of DewEze, a manufacturer of fatbeds, hydraulics and industrial hillside slope mowers. One of Harper Industries' signature products is the Turbo Vac 30, a combination sweeper vacuum, which is designed to provide quick cleanup and move material such as grass clippings, leaves, aeration cores, etc., off site. The vacuums in the line incorporate Harper Industries' patented Recirculating Air Technology. Byron Riesen, a sales manager at Harper Industries who joined the company in 2001, says he thoroughly enjoys working for what he calls a "tight-knit" outft that is surrounded by a rural, farming community. Since they are not the size of some of the industry's giants, Harper Industries constantly seeks a better way to be formidable in the marketplace. "We try to be innovative every year," Riesen says. "We're always throwing out ideas, always looking for something to give us an edge. We have to try to differentiate ourselves." Mission accomplished if you ask Lloyd Smith, owner of Smith & Sons Tractor in Murchison, Texas. "They've been exceptionally good people to work with," Smith says. "I'm a fairly small business, too, but they never have hesitated to do business with me. They care about their A sampling of trade show foor goodies GIS trends Can't wait to catch a glimpse of what will be new on the trade show foor at the Golf Industry Show? Hopefully this small sample satisfes your curiosity. • Jacobsen plans to showcase its updated TurfCat out-front mower that features a Tier IV fnal Kubota engine and new hydraulic deck drives for less maintenance. Jacobsen also rolls out the new AR722 and AR522 Contour Rotary Mowers along with a new Reversing Groomer/Brush. • Club Car is introducing what it calls the frst golf car with connected technology — Precedent Golf Car — that builds on the GPS, cellular and wireless technologies that are the backbone of the company's Visage Mobile Information System. Precedent connects the golf car feet to the golf operation (shop, maintenance facility, etc.) via computer, smartphone or tablet, as well as with golfers throughout their round. 92 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.14 • Grund Guide by Underhill designed custom fairway, tee and range markers that are made to be highly visible and provide a helpful solution to speed up play and pinpoint site locations during course maintenance. • Seago International's Hi-Lift Kit for the Air Force Hover Mower F-19 is a tool-free attachment that raises the maximum height of cut from 2½ inches to 3¾ inches. The kit features a multi-point clip system that holds the kit securely to the deck and the structural supports are molded into the kit so there are no additional pieces required to attach the kit to the deck. If this didn't satisfy your new products needs, stay tuned. The post-show April issue of GCM will be loaded with plenty more of the newest products on the market or coming to a market near you soon.

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