Green Industry Roll Call: Updates from JCB, Graze, The Integra Group and More

The latest happenings from green industry companies, including JCB, Graze and others.

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JCB Holds Annual Food Drive

JCB hosted its annual food drive event, named “The Big Dunk” Benefitting America’s Second Harvest Food Bank.

The event was led by a team of JCB interns, fostering the company’s culture of giving back and camaraderie. With the goal of collecting 1,500 items, their expectations were well surpassed with 18,000 total donations.       

This year saw the introduction of a friendly competition to boost employee engagement and contribute to the food drive’s success. Each JCB executive was given a box to fill with donations of nonperishable goods. In the end, the executive with the least number of items in their box was dunked into the water tank, while the one with the most was allowed to choose an intern to also be dunked.         

 Graze Appoints New CEO

Graze, a developer of autonomous commercial lawn mowers, named Logan Fahey as its CEO.

Fahey is the former CEO of Robin Autopilot, a robotic lawn care solutions company, and is the founder of Fahey Group, a holdings company dedicated to investing in the green industry.

To be closer to its core customers and other expansion opportunities, Graze will open an office in the Dallas area, while its R&D operations will continue to be located at its Los Angeles headquarters. Over the next year, Graze plans to focus on running key pilot programs for enterprise-level customers throughout Texas and Florida.

Fahey will continue as chairman of the board for Robin Autopilot, a synergistic partner of Graze. In recent years, Fahey’s team repositioned Robin as a robots-as-a-service (RaaS) firm offering multimanufacturer fleet management software solutions. Fahey also led the management team of Landmark Lawn and Garden Supply, based in Northeast Ohio, where he formed Landmark Automation as an RaaS company focused on eco-efficient and labor-saving solutions for the lawn care industry.

Unilock Promotes 2023 Scholarship  

Unilock opened its Paving the Future Scholarship for this year.

The company will be awarding $5,000 each to a minimum of 12 deserving students within the landscape construction and landscape architecture fields of study.

Unilock created the Paving the Future Scholarship in 2022 to commemorate the 50th anniversary and pay homage to Ed Bryant, who founded Unilock in 1972.

The scholarship will help pay for their education expenses, including tuition fees, books, housing and transportation costs. Up to 12 scholarships will be awarded, with an application deadline of Aug. 31 for eligible students.  

Those interested in applying may register here. 

The Integra Group Adds New VP

The Integra Group welcomed Jonathan Schlemmer as vice president, field services business unit.

Schlemmer joins The Integra Group from The Home Depot where he was the technology leader for the Rental & Services Division. In that role, he led the company’s product and engineering teams in North America deploying new point of sale solutions to all 1,800 locations and building out interconnected experiences for customers to transact online.

Prior to working for Home Depot, Schlemmer was the head of technology for Compact Power, where he led all things technology from the inception of the company. During his tenure at Compact, he rolled out an automated scheduling solution reducing drive time for over 600 technicians by 30 percent and developed a platform to manage over 24,000 assets reducing theft and driving predictive field service solutions through telemetry.