Today’s Green Industry News

Magna International donates $100K to Project EverGreen’s Detroit park renovation

October 16, 2017By

Magna International contributed $100,000 to Project EverGreen to support the national nonprofit organization’s efforts to renovate a Detroit park. Pingree Park spans 18 acres in a multigenerational neighborhood on Detroit’s East Side. The renovation work was determined with support from community groups and will include: Improving the natural grass surface through grading, aeration, overseeding and nutrients; Pruning the tree canopy... read more

Companies in the News: PBI-Gordon celebrates anniversary; Husqvarna teams up with Men Against Breast Cancer; Deere sends aid to those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

October 12, 2017By

PBI-Gordon is celebrating its 70th anniversary this month. Initially named Private Brands Inc. (PBI) on Oct. 8, 1947, the company was founded by John Mueller and his son Robert Mueller, John Mathias and Roy Boxmeyer. Then in 1956, PBI acquired customer and fellow Kansas City company Gordon Chemical. The combined entity changed its name to PBI-Gordon Corp. in 1970. Throughout... read more

SavATree scoops up Swingle in pursuit of ‘national brand’ status

October 12, 2017By

Bedford Hills, N.Y.-based SavATree merged with Denver-based Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care. Terms were not disclosed for the deal, which is a step toward SavATree’s vision of building a national brand. SavATree ranked No. 15 on the 2017 LM150 list of largest landscape companies with nearly $90 million in 2016 revenue. Swingle ranked No. 80 at $23.7 million. This... read more

Denver Post details CoCal’s labor woes, H-2B use

October 11, 2017By

Earlier this month The Denver Post chronicled CoCal Landscape’s recruitment efforts, which included attempting to hire American workers and ultimately relying on the H-2B guest-worker visa program. CoCal’s story, the article said, “encapsulates the complex relationship between American employers and temporary foreign workers.” Over the past 25 years, Jesus “Chuy” Medrano—the founder of CoCal who immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico... read more

Harvest the Green Partners to help owners buy, sell businesses

October 10, 2017By

The Harvest Group has created Harvest the Green Partners, a group dedicated to helping business owners buy and sell their businesses. According to the company, Harvest the Green Partners is focused on building a business that has value. Joining the Harvest team is Alison Hoffman, a landscape industry entrepreneur who brings 20 plus years of mergers and acquisitions experience with... read more

Your guide to lawn care early order programs

October 10, 2017By

Are you thinking about participating in early order programs? To make your life easier, we compiled a list of suppliers who offer them. The Andersons DG/SG Bundle Promotion URL: Deadline: Feb. 15, 2018 Aquatrols     Turf Bucks URL: Deadline: Nov. 30, 2017 BASF     2018 Early Order Program URL: Deadline: Dec. 9, 2017 Bayer 2018 Fall... read more