Ken Melrose

Toro Company


Close-Up Profiles
In the winter of 1979/80, mild weather and lack of snow caused the Toro Company warehouses to pile up with snow blowers.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Leasing vs. Purchasing

By Shane Smith


Business Articles
If you've ever had to decide whether to purchase or lease vehicles or landscaping equipment, then you've probably come face to face with the complexities of making the right decision.    More
 
Saturday, May 1, 1999

MULLETT FAMILY


Close-Up Profiles
When Roy Mullet moved his family to Hesston, Kansas, in 1958, his thought was to live in an area with warmer winters than the cold climate of Montana. In order to support his family, he took a job with Hesston Industries. Hesston was a metal fabricator making cabs for agricultural combines and tractors; small metal fabricators were common throughout the Midwest.   More
 
Friday, June 1, 2007 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Selecting the Perfect Turf for Your Sports Surface


Landscape
To stand out in any field today you must have something unique or exceptional. That's especially true in sports and it carries over for the individual managing the sports turf surface. Any team's record begins with the quality of the field.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 Bruce F. Shank

Make the Most Out of Winter Downtime


Landscape Maintenance
THE OFF-SEASON FOR IRRIGATION and landscape contracting businesses is often a time for organization, inventory, accounts receivables, budgets and projections. However, once these important tasks are completed, seasonal landscape companies often struggle with finding winter activities that would be the most productive and profitable for them and their fulltime employees.    More
 
Thursday, February 1, 2007

Back to School


Business Articles
Back in the day, going to school meant walking, and in my case it was uphill both ways. Well, maybe not both ways . . . my point is that going to school may be tough, but the alternative is tougher, for sure. The same logic goes for continuing education in the workplace.    More
 
Monday, August 18, 2008 RICK CUDDIHE

The ABCs of the Business Plan


Business Articles
ABOUT NINE YEARS AGO, DALE VON Dohren, owner of San Jose, California- based Landmark Landscapes, had a successful woodworking business. Then he saw an opportunity in the landscaping business and decided to change his focus.    More
 
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 RON CHEPESIUK

H-2B...Get the Facts


Business Articles
The H-2B program was designed to legally and temporarily supply immigrant workers to American industries that struggle with labor shortages, especially those in the service areas (hotels, restaurants) as well as seasonal businesses. So now, with a lagging economy and unemployment rates reaching record highs, the need for the program no longer exists, right? Wrong.    More
 
Monday, June 15, 2009 RYAN FRIEDMAN

Maintenance: A Growing Business in a Shrinking Market


Landscape Maintenance
Few green industry providers have been untouched by today’s recession, and landscape construction companies are among the hardest hit.With fewer building projects in sight, companies are responding in different ways. Some are streamlining operations and putting their efforts into more creative advertising and marketing. Others are significantly changing their business plan. Moving into the maintenance sector is one option. It isn’t easy—and it definitely isn’t for everyone—but for companies that have the personnel and personality to take on this challenging field, it can make all the difference.   More
 
Monday, January 18, 2010 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Business Management Practices


Business Articles
If you’re a small business owner and have weathered this economic downturn, you’re probably no stranger to tough decisions. Forget new copy and coffee machines for the office;    More
 
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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