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ALCA AND PLCAA ANNOUNCE INTENT TO MERGE

The Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) and the Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) announced that, pending ratification by their memberships, they will consolidate into a new green industry association on Jan. 1, 2005. The result will be an organization that represents the entire range of lawn, landscape, and interior plantscape services and products.

“We are very excited about this new association,” stated Kurt Kluznik, CCLP, ALCA president. “It brings together two powerful organizations that will now be able to provide even greater benefits and programs for our collective memberships.”

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The two organizations have worked successfully in partnership over the years on a variety of projects and programs, including their annual trade show — the Green Industry Expo (GIE) — held each November. “We have benefited the memberships of both associations by working cooperatively on legislative issues and bringing members together for greater regulatory impact,” stated Jim Campanella, PLCAA president.

Final details on the new association are being developed, including a new governing body comprising ALCA and PLCAA leaders, unified membership and personnel, and a name for the new organization.

The consolidation between PLCAA and ALCA is consistent with the strategic plans of both organizations.

ZERFOSS ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF THE OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT INSTITUTE

David R. Zerfoss, president of Husqvarna Forest and Garden, was elected chairman of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) during the Association's 52nd Annual Meeting in Hershey, Penn.

As president of Husqvarna, Zerfoss oversees all phases of operations, distribution, sales and marketing. Under his leadership, Husqvarna has increased sales more than 14 fold. Husqvarna is the North American arm of Swedish-based Husqvarna AB, a subsidiary of Electrolux AB.

Zerfoss has served on the OPEI Board of Directors since 1996 and was the 1999/2000 chairman of the board. He has also served as chairman of the OPEI Communications Committee and the Technical Advisory Committee.

His term is for one year in accordance with OPEI bylaws.

LANDSCAPE DESIGNERS PRESENT DESIGN AWARDS

The Association of Professional Landscape Designers has announced the winners of the third annual Landscape Design Awards Program.

Thirty-eight entries were received in the residential and commercial categories.

Residential: under $25,000; $25,000 - $75,000; and over $75,000 for install/design.

Commercial: under $40,000; $40,000 - $150,000; and over $150,000 for install design.

Suzanne Arca, of Suzanne Arca Landscaping (Albany Calif.), won best of show in the residential division and Dan McClaren, APLD, of Impullitti Landscaping, Inc. (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), won best of show in the commercial division. Kathy Hubner, APLD, from Gill Landscape Nursery (Corpus Christi, Texas), won in three categories and double winners were Joanne Kostecky, APLD, from Joanne Kostecky Garden Design, Inc. (Allentown, Pa.), and Brian Carey, from AC-BC Associates (New York, N.Y.).

For a complete list of winners, visit http://grounds-mag.com/news/landscape-designers-awards/.

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