Accel-KKR acquires GPS Insight; merges with IMD, Rhino

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. & MENLO PARK, Calif. – Accel-KKR, a private equity, announced that it has acquired GPS Insight, a fleet management software. Founded in 2005, GPS Insight is a provider of SaaS-based fleet management software and complementary solutions for Class 3-6 fleets in the United States and Canada. 

Simultaneously, Accel-KKR announces the merger of GPS Insight with InSight Mobile Data and Rhino Fleet Tracking. IMD and Rhino are Accel-KKR portfolio companies focused on fleet management, field services and GPS tracking. Gary Fitzgerald, CEO of GPS Insight, will continue in his leadership role as CEO of the combined businesses.

“Fleet owners continue to grapple with the need to optimize investments in their people and their fleet while providing a high level of customer service and ensuring driver safety and compliance,” Fitzgerald said. “The GPS Insight platform is bringing exciting changes to the industry such as video telematics, tighter integration to field service management and advanced analytics that transform what fleet management software is capable of doing. Partnering with an experienced software investor like Accel-KKR and combining forces with IMD and Rhino will give our company a broader platform to capitalize on these trends and give our customers new tools to manage their businesses more efficiently and save them money.”

The global fleet management market is poised to reach $34 billion, according to industry studies. Together, GPS Insight, IMD and Rhino serve over 11,000 accounts spanning more than 30 industries and over 225,000 vehicles. Customers from national enterprise accounts, government entities, energy, utilities to small field services teams rely on GPSI, IMD and Rhino for a wide range of tasks including GPS tracking, fleet utilization, scheduling and dispatching, and driver safety and compliance.

“We are thrilled to bring these businesses together with a unified vision of what the next best-in-class leader in fleet management can deliver in the marketplace,” said Dean Jacobson, managing director of Accel-KKR. “Fleet, field, cameras, analytics: these are all converging to provide actionable insights and deliver significant value to customers. We believe the platform comprising GPSI, IMD and Rhino will be poised to be a powerful, single-point solution leader in the industry.”

“The combined businesses have the right scale, talent and resources to capitalize on a key industry inflection point – be it through organic growth and strategic acquisitions,” said Phil Cunningham, operating executive at Accel-KKR. “We look forward to working closely with the leaders and teams of all three businesses in the coming weeks and months to build the market-leading platform that brings together the best in fleet management and field services management.

“The merger with GPS Insight accelerates a number of initiatives that would have taken great effort and time to achieve if pursued organically, and I am convinced that the combined company is poised for success,” said Steven Van Ooyen, CEO of both Rhino and IMD.

DC Advisory served as financial advisor to GPS Insight.

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Toro Irrigation partners with Gentile & Associates

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Toro Company’s Irrigation and Lighting Business announces a new sales partnership with Southern California-based Gentile & Associates, Inc., a manufacturer representation firm with expertise in commercial landscape irrigation. The G&A team will represent Toro- and Irritrol-branded commercial irrigation offerings, which includes drip and low-volume irrigation products, high-efficiency spray bodies and nozzles, and an expanding portfolio of Central Control and Commercial controller systems.

This partnership centers on expanding Toro’s commercial irrigation presence across Southern California and Hawaii.

“We are very excited to partner with Gentile and Associates and look forward to the unquestionable benefit their presence will bring within of our sales organization. The G&A team brings experience, professionalism, and capability to the team, and we’re thrilled to have them on board,” said John Torosian, National Specification Sales Manager for Toro.

“Toro’s culture of fostering long-standing relationships with customers very much reflects the culture we’ve built here at Gentile and Associates. Couple that culture with a strong portfolio of existing and exciting new products on the horizon, and you have a winning formula. We are excited for this new opportunity and the mutual success this partnership will yield,” said Steven Kim, president of Gentile & Associate, Inc,

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Landscape Workshop promotes, hires new execs

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Landscape Workshop, a commercial landscape company, recently announced key promotions and additions to its executive team.

Joe Socolof joins the company as chief operating officer. Socolof
comes to LW from Partners in Performance, where he was a director focused on
operational improvement of companies around the world and was managing director
of Partners in Performance America. Socolof has significant line management
experience and is an alumni of McKinsey & Company and the Fuqua School of
Business at Duke University, where he was honored as a Fuqua Scholar.

“I have worked with Joe multiple times over the last 22 years, I
know what he brings to the table – a passion for being the best combined with a
leadership style that is focused on developing people to be the best that they
can be,” said J.T. Price, CEO of Landscape Workshop. “Joe will help us build on the
progress we have made as we look to continue our growth while still maintaining
industry-leading customer service.”

Christianna Rudder has been promoted to chief financial officer. Rudder
joined the LW team in 2015 from M&T Bank and progressed through the ranks
from senior analyst to finance and operations manager to vice president of finance. She graduated magna cum
laude from Birmingham-Southern College with degrees in both economics and business administration.

“Christianna has earned this promotion through six years of high
performance, and has contributed mightily to our excellence in systems and
finance,” Price said. “In this new role, she will have greater impact by overseeing
IT, Supply Chain, and Marketing in addition to Finance.”

Paul Young is transitioning from COO to chief integration officer.
Since 2014, Young served as COO of Landscape Workshop and played a pivotal role
in the growth of LW from $18 million in revenue to over $50 million in revenue.
His new role as chief integration officer includes a focus on performing
operational due diligence and post-merger integration of acquisitions. Young is
an industry veteran and a graduate of Auburn University, where he was an
All-American swimmer.

“We wouldn’t be where we are today without the many contributions
of Paul Young,” said Price. “I am excited that we’ve been able to create this
new role for him which will allow him a better work/life balance while also
benefiting the Company by allowing Paul to do what he does best, which is coach
people and develop culture in newly acquired parts of the LW family.”

Meanwhile, Kerry Franks Early joins the LW team as vice president of finance.
Early comes to LW from BBVA Compass and has previously held positions at
Harbert Management Corporation and Ernst & Young. Early holds a degree in accounting magna cum laude and a Masters degree in tax accounting from the University
of Alabama, and is a CPA.

“Landscape Workshop is thrilled to welcome Kerry to our leadership
team. We believe that her technical expertise and experience will be crucial in
the next phase of growth for the organization,” said Christianna Rudder.

“These promotions and additions to our team are a statement of
intent by Landscape Workshop. With the support of our sponsor, Carousel Capital
Partners, we intend to continue growing and creating opportunities for our
people, while at the same time remaining laser focused on customer
satisfaction,” Price said. “Joe, Christianna, Paul, and Kerry all wake up every
morning thinking about how we can make Landscape Workshop better for our
customers and our employees. Combined with our other executive team members –
Bill Cobb, Mark Pettke, and Pam Blankenship – this group leads an elite team
that will drive us forward as we continue to create a great company.”

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1620 Workwear debuts utility shorts

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NEWBURYPORT, Mass. — Massachusetts-based 1620 Workwear produces American-made, American-sourced apparel that is designed to last 10 times longer than the competition.

1620’s newest introduction, the Utility Short ($128), is a design popular with landscapers, made with 1620’s proprietary stretch NYCO (nylon-cotton) fabrics that provide full mobility, breathability and protection. The water- and grease-repellent, abrasion-resistant fabrics protect from weather and rough surfaces. The shorts have a modern fit and are completed with multiple utility pockets for tools and essentials.

The company focuses on minimizing waste and providing apparel that will last up to 10 times longer than the competition and are designed to form to the body over time. To further minimize waste, 1620 has a Patina program in place where a second or third life are given to previously worn products.

“Workers live in their clothes and are conditioned to throwing them away after a short time on the job,” said Josh Walker, cofounder. “We’re finding success in the value that workers put on durability, comfort and performance. It’s worth investing more upfront for a product that is going to comfort and keep you safe at work for years.

“Durability and sustainability go hand-in-hand,” he adds. “We have a responsibility to protect workers and our environment. It’s a new mindset in the workwear category but our continued growth gives us confidence that we’re going in the right direction.”

1620 Workwear was named after the year that Massachusetts was settled and was co-founded five years ago by business partners Ted De Innocentis and Walker, who previously worked in the outdoor apparel and equipment industry.

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Toro recycler 2 stroke.

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Picked this up for $12 on fb marketplace as is and all it took was a primer bulb to get it running.
I need to adjust the gov spring as it runs a little fast. I got the self propelled working as well by adjusting the cable and adding some grease to the fittings.
Should be a nice mower for some of my yards that get out of hand due to uncontrollable weather events.

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Toro recycler 2 stroke.

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Liquid fertilizer w/ stand on spreader sprayer

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Is anyone out there running an all liquid fertilizer program with a stand on spreader sprayer and if so what unit are you using ? Are you spraying a half gallon per thousand square feet maybe 1 gallon per thousand square feet or higher ?

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Gravely 672 or Ferris 3300 72 inch cut for 12 acres of horse farm use in KY?

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I am selling my Toro 6000 60 inch cut for a bigger more comfortable mower. Both the above mowers are sold by the same dealership that is excellent. I like them both and will demo them next week.

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LOVING acquires Babcock Ranch Sod Farm

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GASTONIA, N.C. – LOVING has acquired the Babcock Ranch Sod Farm located in Fort Myers, Florida. LOVING and Kitson & Partners worked on the framework of the arrangement to ensure a transition for employees, clients and vendors.

“We are beyond excited to build upon the rich history that has been created over the past 23 years at the Babcock Ranch Sod Farm,” said LOVING Founder and President Mike Haynes. “This is a farm that produces top-notch quality sod from a top-notch quality team. Syd Kitson and his entire team at Kitson & Partners have done a great job of continuing the legacy of the Babcock family. We are grateful and excited to continue to build upon the history that has been created over the years at this farm."

Babcock Ranch is an 18,000-acre, solar-powered town is planned for 19,500 homes and up to 6 million square feet of commercial and retail space at build-out.

LOVING is headquartered in Gastonia, NC and offers landscaping, outdoor living, and sod supply to both local and national homebuilding clients throughout the Southeast.

 

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How Some Companies Are Using Unique Incentives to Attract Talent

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Ian Baldwin: Why the Roles of Garden Retail Staff May Be ChangingAs employers nationwide struggle to fill positions, many companies are trying a range of new tactics to find and keep job candidates.

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Hosta – White Leaves

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Q: I have hostas but I do not know the

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