Company representatives volunteer landscaping services at Arlington National Cemetery and then meet with members of Congress as part of industry legislative day.
For Immediate Release
August 2, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo.
Representatives of PBI-Gordon Corporation, a national leader in the professional turf and ornamental management industry, recently traveled to the nation's capital to participate in two events coordinated by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the national trade association for landscape industry professionals. The outreach included the annual Renewal & Remembrance volunteer cleanup and maintenance event at Arlington National Cemetery and a Legislative Day on Capitol Hill.
On July 22, 2013, PBI-Gordon's Product Sales Specialist Jim Goodrich, Sales Representatives Scott Wanzor (Georgia) and Ray Funkhouser (Virginia), and Eastern Regional Manager Doug Obermann joined hundreds of landscape and lawn care professionals from across the nation for Renewal & Remembrance. The volunteers spent the day mulching, upgrading sprinklers, cabling and installing lightning protection for trees, pruning, applying lime to 150 acres, planting, and aerating the soil throughout the cemetery.
"This is my fourth year participating in Renewal & Remembrance," Goodrich said. "It is always an honor and a privilege to take part in this event. I'm a U.S. Navy veteran who fought for our country, and it means so much to be able to give back and honor the fallen – those who gave the ultimate sacrifice fighting for the rights provided by the U.S. Constitution – and to help preserve this national treasure for generations to come."
The day began at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony featuring a joint color guard and speaker presentations to dedicate the day of work helping to maintain the hallowed grounds.
"Our members look forward to this opportunity each year to give back to the men and women who gave their lives for their country," said Bruce Allentuck, Landscape Industry Certified, PLANET member and chairman of the event. "We consider it a privilege to be able to lend our time and talents to such a worthwhile project." Many PLANET members have special connections at the cemetery, either through relatives and friends who are buried there or through their own military service.
On July 23, 2013, the four PBI-Gordon representatives and hundreds of other PLANET members converged on Capitol Hill to meet with their local officials and discuss a wide array of issues impacting the landscape industry, including H-2B, over-regulation and Lyme disease related legislation.
"This event allows PLANET members to meet with their elected officials and discuss issues that are important to their businesses and the lawn and landscape industry as a whole," said PLANET President Glenn Jacobsen, Landscape Industry Certified.
The landscape industry is a $71 billion industry that employs approximately 900,000 people and helps to fuel the nation's economy.
|PBI-Gordon representatives (l to r) Doug Obermann, Scott Wanzor, Jim Goodrich and Ray Funkhouser at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, on July 22, 2013 for the annual Renewal & Remembrance volunteer cleanup and maintenance day organized by PLANET.|
PLANET is the national trade association representing more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, who create and maintain healthy, green living spaces for communities across America. PLANET members are committed to the highest standards in industry education, best practices and business professionalism. Many of PLANET’s professionals have attained the status of becoming Landscape Industry Certified, achieving the greatest level of industry expertise and knowledge. Visit PLANET at landcarenetwork.org
With a robust line of herbicides, insecticides, growth regulators and other products, PBI-Gordon Corporation is a national leader in the professional turf and ornamental management industry. The company also develops and markets products for the consumer lawn, garden, and farm and ranch markets, as well as animal health and grooming in the consumer and veterinary markets. Based in Kansas City, Mo., PBI-Gordon has been in business since 1947 and is 100 percent employee-owned. For more information on PBI-Gordon or the company's products, visit pbigordon.com or call 800.821.7925.
Mary Ellen Scheib