Golf Course Management

MAR 2017

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82 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.17 Ransomes Jacobsen is celebrating its 185th anniversary of mower production at its Ipswich facility in the United Kingdom. The first Ransomes-manufactured machine for domestic use was produced in 1832, signal- ing the beginning of commercial mower production in the U.K. Although the company no longer produces domestic lawn mowers, it manufactures commercial mowers and also supplies equipment for golf courses, local authorities, landscape contractors and sports clubs. John Getty is now the senior vice president of opera- tions at Trojan Battery Co. Getty is responsible for manufacturing operations, environmental health and ser- vices, and lean manufacturing initiatives for Trojan's U.S.- based production facilities, where it makes deep-cycle batteries. "John's expertise in manufacturing excellence uniquely qualifies him for this critical position and will play a key role in Trojan's market and product development expansion strategies," says John Beering, chief operating officer for Trojan Battery. "To support Trojan's large-scale growth agenda, the company has focused its efforts on (industry news) adding leaders to its executive team who possess deep operating backgrounds, a track record of leading change resulting in superior outcomes, successful implementation of lean manufacturing initiatives, and management success aligned with Trojan's corporate values. John will be a key asset to our executive team and corporate vision." Getty was previously vice president of operations at Eaton Corp., managing its $1.6 billion Truck North America business. He was responsible for overseeing production at the com- pany's six plants, which produce medium- and heavy-duty truck transmissions and clutches. The Turfgrass Information Center (TIC) of the Michigan State University Libraries has received a generous donation of materials from Lee C. Dieter, CGCS Retired , who oversaw Washington Golf & Country Club in Arlington, Va., for 36 years. The donation included more than 200 monographs, among them works such as the 1930 Lawrence Dickinson title The Lawn (accompanied by its rare book jacket), S.A. Cunningham's 1914 Lawns, Golf Courses, Polo Fields, and How to Treat Them, and Martin John Sutton's 1886 Permanent and Temporary Pastures. The donation also contained a significant collection of serial materials, including impressive runs of Lawn Care, TurfNet Monthly and Virginia Turfgrass Journal, bound editions of Outing, many copies of turfgrass field day and conference proceedings, and a collection of nearly 300 scorecards from facilities all over the U.S., the majority of which are new to the TIC. Also noteworthy was the vast collection of serial materials produced by the Mid-Atlantic Association of GCS, including Turf News, Turf News Letter, Mid-Atlantic Associa- tion of Golf Course Superintendents Newsletter, Turf Talk and Turfgrass Matters. Dieter, a 57-year GCSAA member, served on the USGA Green Section Committee. Weego, manufacturer of portable jump starters, jump starter accessories and rechargeable battery packs, has hired Todd W. Roberson as its national sales manager. Roberson is responsible for business development and sales management for the automotive, marine, outdoor, power sports, e-commerce and industrial channels. Roberson has more than 35 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket industry, introducing many success- ful products and programs to the market. Most recently, he worked at Decked, which produces an in-vehicle storage solution for truck beds and vans. Prior to that, Roberson was the president of Ameri- can Aftermarket Group, a promotional and consult- ing group led by a team of individuals influential in the automotive and truck accessory aftermarket. Weego WELCOME Ransomes Jacobsen

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