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November 2015 Ground Gains
Mergers, Acquisitions, Expansions

SiteOne Landscape Supply (formerly John Deere Landscapes), acquired Tieco, Inc., which has six locations serving customers in Alabama and Florida with irrigation, pump and well supplies.
 SiteOne Landscape Supply now has over 470 locations across North America.

Schiller Grounds Care, a manufacturer of BOB-CAT, Classen, Little Wonder, Mantis, Ryan and Steiner brand gardening, landscaping and grounds care equipment, has joined the SmartEquip Network. SmartEquip allows suppliers to provide customers with an ordering and content management platform, which connects businesses and customers to Schiller directly.

The Protech/Oxyplast Group of Montreal, Canada has reached an agreement to purchase the thermoplastic powder coating business and assets of Union City Industries of Union City, Michigan.

Percoa USA and Royal Environmental Systems (a division of Royal Enterprises America) agreed for Royal Environmental to license Percoa USA's patented technology and manufacture and distribute Percoa pre-cast pervious concrete slabs and pavers.

John Deere announced it will not extend its current commercial mower design and manufacturing arrangement with Wright Manufacturing beyond May 2016. The alliance began in August 2012, enabling Deere to bring industry-leading technology and designs to the market and allowing Wright to enhance its manufacturing and quality processes.

Honda Power Equipment has expanded its partnership with The Home Depot. A number of Honda generator models will be sold at The Home Depot's top 300 U.S. PRO Desk locations, a specialized area of the store dedicated to the product and service needs of the professional contractor.

Netafim teamed up with The Gardener Guy, Paul James, to produce two videos that provide a better understanding of the different types of drip irrigation systems and their benefits to lawn and garden areas. James helped dispel many of the common misconceptions about irrigation's perceived complexity.

JCB has recently introduced the Master Technician program to all dealerships in the North American network. The program is designed to continue to build the skills of JCB service technicians and recognize technicians that are at the top of their class.

Franklin Equipment, with headquarters in Groveport, Ohio, opened its new location in Indianapolis. The company offers a large inventory of rental equipment along with retail sales of new and used construction equipment. The location will offer parts and certified technicians to service any equipment brand.

ACO Polymer Products has recently moved its Ohio operations facility from Chardon to Mento. The company was founded in 1978 and the facility in Chardon was its first manufacturing factory in the USA. Due to ACO's growth in recent years, the Chardon site was no longer able to accommodate the increasing demand necessary to support their business in the Northeast.

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