Nov. 16 2011 07:26 AM

Hunter Turns 30

Built on a legacy of efficient product innovation and outstanding customer service, Hunter Industries was founded in 1981 by irrigation industry pioneer and entrepreneur Edwin J. Hunter with the help of his sons Paul and Richard, and daughter Ann.

In 1983, the small Hunter team introduced the PGP gear-driven rotor to the world of irrigation. This proprietary product started what is now referred to as “The Rotor Revolution.” Its success quickly put Hunter on the map as a well-respected irrigation equipment manufacturer.

Currently, the company is fully committed toward what will be accomplished in the next 30 years and beyond. Moving forward, Hunter is committed to pushing the boundaries of technology, resource use efficiency, quality, training, and customer experience in every product and project they undertake.

Curry named EPA Irrigation Partner

Christopher Curry, a principal at Sweeney + Associates Irrigation Design and Consulting in Orange, California, was named Irrigation Partner of the Year by the EPA for 2011.

Curry has been designing waterefficient irrigation systems for a decade. From small residences to regional parks, his projects take advantage of smart irrigation tech nology and use watering schedules and annual water budgets.

Majority Stake in netafim Acquired

Permira, a private European equity firm, said it will buy up to a 61% stake in the world’s largest smart irrigation company, Israel’s Netafim Ltd. The equity firm is buying its stake from the three kibbutzim (local co-operative communities) and Israeli funds Markstone Capital Partners Group and Tene Investment Funds.

CICA offers Continuing Education The Connecticut Irrigation Contractors Association will be offering J3 & J4 license continuing education requirements on December 1, at the Crowne Plaza, 100 Berlin Road, Cromwell, Connecticut.

Topics to be covered include hydraulics, irrigation components, wire and electrical principles, and irrigation system scheduling. Review state laws and regulations regarding irrigation and EPA WaterSense.

Register online at www.cicaweb .org or call 203-758-7297.

Winner Announced

Weld-On has announced the winner of its HotWeld HotLaps Sweepstakes. Pat Hurley, Green City Landscape, Inc., Boise, Idaho, won the grand prize: the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Hurley can choose to take this experience in Las Vegas, Nevada, or Orlando, Florida.

Included in the trip are the airfare and hotel accommodations.

Toro Irrigation Honors its Employees

Close to 100 former Toro employees were invited back to the company’s irrigation headquarters in Riverside, California, recently.

“We wanted to honor our past as well as our current employees, for being a big part of our culture,” said Phil Burkart, vice president, Irrigation Business. “They made the difference in both innovation and quality of our products and services.”

Toro has a new corporate initiative, “Building our Legacy,” leading up to the company’s 100th anniversary, to be celebrated in 2014.

First Smart Irrigation City

Calabasas, California, will receive a $630,000 state grant to upgrade its irrigation systems. The money will be used to convert city-owned systems to use recycled water and to upgrade the city’s irrigation to smart water controllers.

Official’s say that the move will reduce the city’s water use by 25% and will save $25,000 a year in water bills. The new system is also intended to reduce overwatering at all city-owned facilities, including parks, medians, and parkways. The city expects the system to pay for itself in water savings within four years.

Officials will solicit bids from contractors for installation near the end of the year. The work will take about four months to complete.