May 25 2016
A couple of kids out mowing lawns recently on Detroit’s east side found something surprising in their rounds. The pair came across two grenades in a yard behind a home. The kids threw one of them, w ...
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May 25 2016
Briggs & Stratton recently received a patent for integrating a single-belt transmission drive system with suspension technology. This new system utilizes rigid control system linkages, which resul ...
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May 24 2016
A six-year legal battle over patent infringement recently ended between Beatrice, Nebraska-based Exmark and Wauwatosa, Wisconsin-based Briggs & Stratton, with the latter ordered to pay the former ...
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May 24 2016
In the Tampa Bay region of Florida, a disease known as Texas Phoenix Palm Decline (TPPD) is killing the area’s distinctive palm trees. Phoenix species of palm trees, like edible date palms, Canary I ...
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May 23 2016
The U.S. Department of Labor recently published a 508-page rule, changing the overtime laws for salaried workers, and here’s how it might affect you. The rule doubles the cap under which salaried w ...
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May 23 2016
The global chemicals industry has been undergoing massive consolidation over the past year. In December, Dow Chemicals and DuPont agreed to a $130 billion merger, and in February, ChemChina acquired S ...
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May 21 2016
In Michigan, the Lapeer County Sheriff is looking for the man who took two lawn mowers from a local landscape company. The two mowers are worth just under $13,000. Surveillance video from the b ...
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May 20 2016
When the town of Clinton, Mississippi, and the state Department of Transportation (MDOT) teamed up to beautify the main thoroughfare between Clinton and the nearest Interstate, they chose to contract ...
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May 19 2016
Some of the tools that landscape contractors use are quite noisy, and sometimes they get used quite early in the morning. So it’s no surprise that, from time to time, a landscape crew will be accost ...
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May 19 2016
GPS technology has come a long way over the last 20 years. Online maps provide position and routing through smartphones with pinpoint accuracy, rather than the low-resolution military system of the Gu ...
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May 18 2016
Christopher Daily has a lot to answer for. Daily, along with his two aliases, Chris Carter and Walter Pilgrim, owns four different businesses – Abundant Turf Solutions, Douglas Landscaping and Concr ...
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May 18 2016
Landscape contractors with sustainability-conscious clients, or those who offer organic services, are likely familiar with the use of soil amendments. Where fertilizers feed plants directly, soil amen ...
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May 17 2016
The spread of the Zika virus, combined with the difficulty of generating a vaccine, means that health officials will be in for a major fight this summer, trying to contain the disease. U.S. health org ...
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May 16 2016
In Colorado, the Denver City Council recently gave the green light to using graywater systems for residential and commercial properties. Graywater systems collect water from sinks, bathtubs, showers a ...
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May 16 2016
Hunter Industries has announced the acquisition of Hydrawise, a manufacturer of WiFi-based irrigation controllers and web-based software. This acquisition marks a significant step by Hunter into the i ...
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May 16 2016
Since moving from Guatemala to Brewster, New York, two years ago, Darwin Aguirre Portillo has bought scratch-off lottery tickets and won small prizes in the single and double digits. Last week, the 23 ...
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May 14 2016
A landscape contractor in Miami Beach, Florida, caught video footage of a thief stealing $5,000 worth of equipment from a company vehicle in broad daylight. David Dunstan’s crew was working less tha ...
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May 13 2016
Traci Hulsey, Clay Hulsey, and Roger Hulsey Jr. were arrested recently on an organized fraud warrant in Tampa Bay, Florida. Between August and February, the trio went door to door, offering lawn work ...
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May 12 2016
The city council of South Portland, Maine, continues to hear opposing views on a proposed pesticide ban. The ordinance would prohibit the use of synthetic pesticides and herbicides on privat ...
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May 12 2016
Two teens in West Goshen, Pennsylvania, wanted to start their own landscape business. The two lacked the initial funds for equipment, so they hatched a plan. Borrow a friend’s mower and work until ...
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2015 STATUS REPORT

Click here to read IGIN's 2015 report on the state of the Green Industry