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WEST COAST TURF GOES TO SUPER BOWL XXXVII

West Coast Turf, grower and installer of sod and stolons, is once again going to the Super Bowl — this time Super Bowl XXXVII at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium.

The company is growing 100,000 square feet of hybrid bermuda sod, overseeded with Pennington Seed's Jet Perennial Ryegrass and Mallard Kentucky Bluegrass, at its Indio, Calif., facility. Just weeks prior to the Super Bowl XXXVII kickoff, the sod will be shipped 120 miles southwest to San Diego and installed by West Coast Turf crews.

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This is not the first time the NFL has chosen West Coast Turf for the Super Bowl. West Coast Turf supplied and installed sod for Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena; Super Bowl XXIX in Miami, Fla.; Super Bowl XXX in Tempe, Ariz.; and Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego, Calif.

Ed Mangan, the NFL's field director, and long-time NFL Turf Consultant George Toma, selected West Coast Turf based on previous results. “We have had a good relationship with West Coast Turf and have had great results when we have used them in the past,” says Mangan. “I am confident we will get a top quality field from them.”

Toma agrees. “The field plays an important role in every football game, at every level,” Toma says. “Mediocre just will not cut it in the Super Bowl. We chose a strong bermuda base, overseeded with only the finest in seed. Jet was chosen for its dark blue green color and Mallard for its wide range of climate adaptation and disease resistance. You can be assured that the players and the turf they will be playing on will both be top notch in Super Bowl XXXVII.” And Toma knows. He has worked on every single Super Bowl, and has even been inducted into the professional football Hall of Fame for his exceptional field preparations.

SWEEPSTER AND FFC ATTACHMENTS ANNOUNCE MERGER

Sweepster Inc. and FFC Attachments completed an agreement to merge the two privately held companies. Michael Spear, currently CEO and general manager of Sweepster, will assume the position of president of the combined company. Charles Foster, vice president and general manager of FFC Attachments, will serve as vice president and general manager of the new company.

ECHO DONATES WOODCARVING TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS

Echo, Inc. donated a large-scale American Bald Eagle woodcarving to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee on Nov. 14 as part of the Green Industry Expo (GIE), in Nashville, Tenn. Carved on-site by Echo-sponsored wood sculptor Conrad Sandoval, the solid yellow pine representation of America's national symbol was auctioned on-line as an initiative to raise funds to support the organization's charitable ventures in the Middle Tennessee area.

Measuring approximately 5 feet tall, 3 feet wide and weighing several hundred pounds, the finished piece is valued at a minimum of $3,500. The statue was carved as part of the GIE Product Field Day by award-winning chain saw carver Conrad Sandoval.

“This is an incredible opportunity for us,” said Bill Tichi, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. “Not only will this initiative help us serve more children in Middle Tennessee, but it will also generate traffic to our Web site so people can find out more about our organization.”

Based in the Pacific Northwest, Echo-sponsored carver Conrad Sandoval is a world-renowned wood sculptor and a regular winner of national and international woodcarving competitions. Currently, Sandoval holds the world record for the highest valued woodcarving piece as a result of a one hour and fifteen minute carving session at $2,025.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, formerly Buddies of Nashville, is Middle Tennessee's premier mentoring organization and has served children in one-to-one mentoring relationships since 1969. Through these one-to-one friendships, children become stronger, perform better in school, and are better equipped to avoid drugs and violence due to the positive role modeling they receive.

POLL SHOWS PLCAA MEMBERS ENJOYING BETTER YEAR THAN LAST

A whopping 86 percent of Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) member companies are experiencing a successful year, according to an e-mail ProPoll. The poll was sent by PLCAA in October and garnered a 14 percent return.

The poll results showed that 82 percent of PLCAA member companies are experiencing a better or about the same year as last — with 51 percent having a better year.

“I was pleasantly surprised by the results,” said PLCAA's Executive Vice President Tom Delaney. “Even in the face of turbulent economic and world issues, and widespread drought, the majority of lawn care companies are strong and growing. This is good news.”

2002 PLCAA President Bill Hoopes encourages companies to remain vigilant. “Those of us who have spent our working lives in the green industry must do all we can to ensure a positive business climate for the years ahead.”

Delaney agrees. “Water issues will continue to rise, regulatory burdens will not disappear, and weather extremes will always be with us. We must remain active and knowledgeable about current affairs, and participate in industry campaigns and events to ensure our ongoing success.”

For business, regulatory and technical advice and representation, you can contact PLCAA at (800) 458-3466 or www.plcaa.org.

ATLANTA WELCOMES GCSAA CONFERENCE AND SHOW, FEB. 10-15

Golf course industry representatives should prepare for “An Event of Worldly Proportions” as the 74th Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) International Golf Course Conference and Show visits the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on Feb. 10-15.

The GCSAA Conference and Show (www.golfcourseshow.com) is the world's largest golf course management conference/trade show, with attendance surpassing 20,000 each of the past seven years. Education seminar registration totaled 6,919. Last year in Orlando, 726 exhibitors filled 272,600 square feet of space. According to Tradeshow Week magazine, GCSAA's tradeshow ranks number 94 out of the top 200 tradeshows.

As part of the education conference, approximately 100 conference seminars (to earn continuing education unit credits), including 18 new seminars, will be conducted and more than 60 additional hours of educational sessions (no CEU credits) will be offered. The seminar program is sponsored by Textron Golf, Turf & Specialty Products. The trade show, featuring more than 700 exhibitors, will run Feb. 13-15, with the Distributor Preview from 8-11 a.m., Feb. 13.

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