Toro mowers help Liverpool course prep for British Open
Over 150 British Open golfers will be vying for glory on the green this weekend at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club. To get the course in shape for the likes of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, the golf course staff looked to Toro mowers.
For the past 10 years, the course has had an exclusive contract with Toro, and they renewed in 2013 for five more years, which brought 10 new eco-friendly mowers to the links.
One of the century-old company’s models used in the run-up to the British Open was the TriFlex hybrid mower, which the course started using as a demo product in 2011.
“I prefer the new riding position, the onboard diagnostics are very useful for our mechanics and I like the whole concept of removing the hydraulics from the cutting units, which virtually eliminates hydraulic leaks,” course manager Craig Gilholm said. “We’ve got two for our greens, plus another two for cutting our tees and surrounds.”
In addition the hybrid riding mower, the course also uses six of Toro’s all-electric eFlex walking mowers with brush attachments.
“These are a new concept to us, being all-electric,” Gilholm said. “We had three machines out cutting the other day and can do seven greens on a single charge per machine. According to Toro, we should be able to do up to nine greens without the attachment, so that’s impressive for a battery-powered machine.”
Houzz launches site tailored to U.K. users
Houzz allows homeowners to connect with design and architecture professionals and each other for their renovation projects. Now the company’s million U.K. users will be able to find professionals and source nearby materials for their renovation projects
“U.K. users have been an important and growing part of the Houzz community and we’re thrilled to deliver a dedicated U.K. site and team to better serve their needs,” co-founder and CEO Adi Tatarko said. “Now U.K. homeowners can access relevant content and a growing network of professionals, in addition to the global resources Houzz provides.”
Houzz’s team in London will be led by Vivienne Sung, who has been the company’s U.K. managing director since January, and who is an advisor at mobile dating app Dattch and London-based dog boarding site myDogBuddy.
NACCO Materials Handling names new execs
NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG) the parent company of Hyster Company and Yale Materials Handling Corporation added Mike McCormick as VP warehouse solutions and Bill Buckhout as director of leasing and remarketing. McCormick and Buckhout have more than 40 years of combined industry experience.
“We continue to seek talented individuals who will contribute to the strategic leadership and global support behind Hyster and Yale lift trucks, two of the most successful brands in the industry,” said Chuck Pascarelli, president of sales and marketing for NMHG. “Mike and Bill’s extensive knowledge of our industry and significant experience in previous roles are of immense value to NMHG. As the warehouse market segment continues to grow, Mike’s leadership enables us to focus on meeting the materials handling needs and challenges specific to end users in this market. Similarly, Bill will provide guidance to and emphasize customer-centric service for our leasing and remarketing division.”
McCormick has an extensive background in sales and product marketing and has held roles of progressive responsibility throughout his career in companies such as Caterpillar, FMC, Daewoo Heavy Industries, Elwell Parker and BT Prime-Mover, in addition to most recently serving as director of product management for a materials handling company.
Buckhout most recently served as a leasing operations and marketing manager and has held a number of roles in sales, equipment leasing/rental management, marketing and financial services in companies including Rapidparts and other materials handling companies.