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 JANUARY 2, 2015
Year in Review: Our Most Read Stories of 2014
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LM Industry Pulse: Pulse Point
Industry Pulse The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index improved in December. The Index stands at 92.6 (compared with a baseline reading of 100 in 1985), up from 91.0 in November.

Landscape Live! logo Ep. 112: Are pools still cool?
John Migliaccio, president of NESPA and owner of The Pool & Spa Place, gives us a history lesson on how the pool industry has changed over the last 40 years. Listen now!
1. Brickman, ValleyCrest agree to merge
Travel back in time and recall ValleyCrest Cos. and the Brickman Group's final decision to merge into a $2 billion company. >>More
BrightView 2. Brickman and ValleyCrest rebrand as BrightView
The company unveiled its new name and logo, although they will not be used in operations until mid- 2015. >>More
Lawncare 3. The new norm
Suppliers discuss the underlier for turfseed shortages and high prices. >>More
John Deere 4. John Deere debuts 4 Family of CUTs
In early 2014, John Deere introduced its 4 Family of compact utility tractors (CUT) Feb. 25 at its 2014 Ride & Drive in Orlando, Fla. >>More
5. All systems go: Weed Man USA
Weed Man USA’s strategy banks on planning, processes and people. How you can learn from its model. >>More
Lance Forsee 6. Landscape business owner begs for workers
As a new employee recruitment technique, the president of Colonial Lawn and Garden took to the streets begging for folks to apply to job openings at the Yakima, Wash.-based company. >>More
Project EverGreen 7. Kohler unveils Command PRO EFI 824cc engine
In October, Kohler Engines added a new commercial engine to its existing Command PRO EFI lineup: the Command PRO EFI 824cc. >>More
8. ServiceMaster completes TruGreen spin-off
Last January, ServiceMaster completed the separation of its TruGreen business. Read more about the deal. >>More
Photo: Wikipedia 9. Landscape companies earn spots on Inc. 5000
Ten landscape companies earned spots on the 33rd annual Inc. 5000 list in the magazine's September 2014 issue. See what companies earned spots on the list. >>More
10. Sacramento firm fined $185K for violations
Frank Carson Landscape & Maintenance agreed to pay $185,270 in back wages and damages to 164 employees for labor violations. Find out more details about the violations made by the company. >>More
video Ken Thomas on reaching the $1 million mark
Ken Thomas of Envisor Consulting answers the question: How can you get your company over the million dollar mark? >>Watch now

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