Jim Kirchdorfer Receives the Perry Dye Service Award

The Perry Dye Service Award is presented periodically by the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) to recognize a member who has unselfishly contributed above and beyond “the call of duty” to make positive changes in the Association. This award was presented to Jim Kirchdorfer at the summer meeting.

Jim started his career in 1962 by establishing Irrigation Supply Co. (ISCO) in the same location as his father’s hardware store. The business was started as a supply house for golf course irrigation systems. Jim also had a contracting company named Kirchdorfer Irrigation. Jim’s companies furnished, designed and installed the first automatic golf course irrigation system in the state of Kentucky.

Jim was also a pioneer with HDPE corrugated drainpipe. In the 1960s, the company sold the first truckload of 4-inch ADS pipe ever shipped. Soon after, ISCO entered the water and sewer business. In 1975, the company began selling HDPE solid wall pipe and fittings, becoming one of the first companies nationwide to begin promoting HDPE pipe for water, sewer and industrial applications. Today, the company, now known as ISCO Industries, is the largest supplier of HDPE pipe, fittings and fusion equipment in North America. ISCO has 20 locations and 200 employees dedicated exclusively to the HDPE piping business.

Jim was one of the original members of GCBAA, joining a handful of other pioneers at the Washington Press Club for the first formal meeting. Throughout the past 35 years, Jim has been a promoter and recruiter for the Association, urging all of the premier companies in the industry to, not only join, but also actively participate in the Association. He served on virtually every committee through the formative years of the Association and that service culminated with his term as president from 1994-1996.

Since the completion of his presidency, Jim has continued to serve the organization in many ways. He was instrumental in setting up the Golf Course Builders Foundation and has sponsored several of their most successful Sticks for Kids Programs throughout the years. He served on the first Foundation Board of Directors and continues to serve on the Board of Governors for their Professional Certification Program, a program that he was instrumental in establishing during his term as president.

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