Green Industry Roll Call

The latest news and updates from the people and companies around the green industry.

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Perc 2018 Fleet Vegas Tank Exterior 181009 1434 Rt CcPERCPERC Celebrates Inaugural National Propane Day

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) celebrates its inaugural National Propane Day on October 7, 2022. PERC observes National Propane Day as an opportunity to recognize the propane industry and celebrate all the benefits propane offers, including for transportation directors and fleet owners.

“Whether you’re transporting students safely to and from school, working to make sure goods are delivered on time, or providing a clean ride for the community, propane autogas is the sustainable energy source to achieve all of these goals,” says Steve Whaley, director of autogas business development at PERC. “Propane autogas is energy for everyone, and we are proud to celebrate that in communities around the nation on National Propane Day and beyond.”

 From PRNewswire:

  • Thousands of fleet owners and transportation directors choose propane autogas to power their vehicle or school bus fleets every day. It is an ideal energy source for medium-duty (class 3-7) vehicles that need a range of up to 400 miles per day and the ability to carry a heavier payload, all while significantly reducing emissions.
  • Today’s propane autogas engines are 90% cleaner than mandated EPA standards, with effectively zero particulate matter emissions and 96% fewer nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions than clean diesel engines.
  • The propane engines are certified to the optional ultra-low NOx emissions standard as defined by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for heavy-duty engines with 0.02 grams per brake horsepower-hour.
  • As an affordable solution, propane autogas also provides fleets with the lowest total cost-of-ownership. 

Nufarm 495x400NufarmProject EverGreen: Supporting Military Families

Nufarm and Project EverGreen announce the global company’s continued sponsorship of the GreenCare for Troops program, which provides complimentary lawn care and landscape maintenance services to military families with an active duty deployed service member.

As the title sponsor of GreenCare for Troops, Nufarm will contribute $75,000 to the award-winning initiative. Through its nationwide base of professional volunteers, Project EverGreen has linked people, green spaces and their communities to maximize the health of grass, plants and trees, which in turn sequesters carbon and cleans the air. GreenCare for Troops, along with the GreenCare for Communities initiative supports healthy green spaces in neighborhoods and cities, enabling maintained green spaces to function as the lungs of the city and offset the negative effects of a warming environment.

“Nufarm is proud to again be the title sponsor GreenCare for Troops. We all know men and women who gave their time, their strength, and in some cases their lives for this nation we call home. It’s an honor to serve those serving our country, and through this program, we can show our thanks to them,” says Blaine Pinkerton, Nufarm Americas vice president, turf & ornamental.

“Nufarm’s incredible ongoing support to this invaluable program is making a significant difference in the lives of military families and contractor volunteers across the country,” says Cindy Code, Project EverGreen executive director. “This ardent support has helped GreenCare for Troops build upon its success and, ultimately, bring safe and healthy yards and landscapes to families in need of relief and peace in a green setting.”

 From Project EverGreen:

  • In 2022, GreenCare for Troops has added more than 100 new volunteers and 500 military families to the initiative: maintaining a volunteer-to-family match rate above 70 percent.
  • Along with its sister program, SnowCare for Troops, GreenCare for Troops volunteers deliver lawn care and landscape services valued at $2.5 million annually to military families across the United States.
  • Since the program’s inception in 2006, GreenCare for Troops initiative has seen more than 11,000 military families, and more than 6,000 green industry professionals register to receive or provide these much-needed services.
  • The contribution will be used to enhance and expand the national program that is managed by non-profit Project EverGreen. This will include increased outreach for volunteer recruitment and communications to families, volunteers and the media, as well as adding promotional and logistical resources required to grow the GreenCare for Troops database and serve more military families.
  • Platinum Partners include Toro, SiteOne Landscape Supply, Heritage Landscape Supply Group and BOSS Snowplow, and Gold and Silver Partners AMGUARD Environmental Technologies and Arborjet/Ecologel. Affiliate Partners include the Connecticut Grounds Keepers Association and the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association.

Screenshot 2022 10 17 114917Bobcat CompanyBobcat Company Completes Expansion in Statesville, N.C.

Bobcat Company celebrates the completion of its Statesville manufacturing facility expansion with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. The $70 million investment makes the location the company’s largest manufacturing facility in North America and will add hundreds more jobs in Iredell County over the next five years.

“This is a significant day for Bobcat, the Statesville community and our customers as we grow our presence in North Carolina and expand our manufacturing capabilities in the U.S.,” says Mike Ballweber, president of Doosan Bobcat- North America. “This investment will not only position us to meet growing customer demand, but it also adds significant job opportunities to benefit the community.”  

From Businesswire:

  • The 600,000-square-foot expansion increased the footprint to more than 1 million square feet on a more than 150-acre campus, located at 1293 Glenway Drive, Statesville, north of Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • This investment enables the Statesville operation to also serve as a key manufacturing hub to help meet a growing demand for Bobcat products by increasing production capabilities and efficiency.
  • Construction on the project began in July 2021 and took roughly fourteen months to complete. The expansion adds space for manufacturing and warehousing, research and development, an automated paint line, parts control and storage, and shipping and receiving docks. Additionally, the extra space allows for open air space product testing and quality control, plus additional parking, shipping and delivery entrance, and finished goods inventory storage.
  • The manufacturing space includes new state-of-the-art technology to improve production efficiencies and streamline operations across Bobcat's North American locations
  • Up to 250 jobs will be added in the next five years. Since the start of this year, more than one third of these new positions have already been filled, increasing Statesville’s current team to nearly 600.

“As one of our community’s largest manufacturing companies, we are proud of the commitment Bobcat Company has made not only in its facility growth and job creation, but also in its commitment to economic impact, charitable giving, educational support and community involvement,” says Costi Kutteh, Statesville mayor, who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony along with other community leaders. “Bobcat is an inspiration and catalyst to each of us as Statesville continues to grow and flourish.”

“It has been exciting to see these additions and enhancements to our facility take shape, and we greatly appreciate the support of our employees, partners, officials and the community during this process,” says Lance Mathern, Doosan Bobcat portable power, global vice president. “We are ready for the future and look forward to the benefits this expansion brings.”