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  • Caterpillar brings excavator design, production back in-house

    August 30, 2016By

    Caterpillar will shift design and production of its smallest hydraulic excavators to Caterpillar facilities beginning in 2018 as a six-year strategic alliance with Wacker Neuson is phased out. Caterpillar will focus on growing its global mini excavator business as it leverages existing facilities and design teams to deliver cost effective and efficient new machines weighing less than three tons, the... read more

    Colorblends offers more than 100 bulb blends for landscape pros

    August 24, 2016By

    Colorblends Wholesale Flowerbulbs will offer landscape professionals a choice of 109 spring-blooming bulb blends, and will introduce two “problem-solving” blend categories this fall. The fall 2016 Colorblends lineup features 84 tulip blends, 13 daffodil blends, five hyacinth blends, three crocus blends, three specialty blends and one grape hyacinth blend. In addition, the Bridgeport, Conn.-firm offers a full range of individual bulb varieties... read more

    HNA releases contractor, dealer briefing schedule

    August 22, 2016By

    Hardscape North America (HNA) is introducing briefing sessions for contractors and dealers that will address profitability, risk management, technology, employee management and other key issues impacting company success for the 2016 GIE+EXPO, held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 19-21. These 20-minute briefings will take place in the trade show floor classroom located directly behind the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI)... read more

    John Deere releases large-frame skid-steer, compact track loaders

    August 22, 2016By

    John Deere expanded its G-series lineup with the addition of the 330G and 332G large-frame skid-steer and the 331G and 333G compact track loaders. “There has never been a better time to own compact equipment,” said Gregg Zupancic, product marketing manager for John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Demand for compact machines that maximize productivity and uptime at low daily operating... read more

    HNA creates regional installer championships

    August 17, 2016By

    Hardscape North America (HNA) added four Regional Installer Championships to lead up to the 2016 Hardscape North America Installer Championships competition held at the HNA trade show, Oct. 20-21 in Louisville, Ky. The four regional competitions will be held in Fort Worth, Texas; San Jose, Calif.; Cincinnati; and Lacy, Wash. For each Regional Installer Championship winning team, the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) will provide... read more

    When and how to say no to a potential client

    August 17, 2016By

    Improve customer service and employee satisfaction by declining some business. Saying “yes” to a customer feels good. It feels really good. In fact, we say “yes,” even when we want to say “no,” we know we should say “no,” and we have no idea how we’re going to fulfill our, “Yes!” In contrast, saying no is scary. We’re in the... read more