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With USA message, Maze Nails hits 165-year milestone

BY Ken Clark

Maze Nails is celebrating 165 years in business. 

The company began in 1848 and is now in its sixth generation of family ownership. According to fifth-generation company president Roelif Loveland, the company offers longevity on quality products and service.

A major marketing initiative for the company is its Made-in-USA approach. 

“It is because of our customers’ great support and enthusiasm for stocking, selling and using our meticulously engineered and manufactured line of specialty nails 100% Made in the USA that we are still in business today,” said Loveland.

The company also promotes the “Buy America Challenge,” which promotes the idea that if builders, contractors and remodelers simply purchase 5% more American-made building products, a whopping 220,000 jobs would be created in the United States.

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Home prices rise again

BY Ken Clark

Home prices rose in November, according to the widely read Standard & Poor’s/Case Shiller composite index of home prices in 20 major markets. 

For the year, the index was up 5.5%. The index also showed its 10th consecutive month-over-month gain, beating the string of nine straight increases that occurred during the homebuyer tax credit incentives of 2009 and 2010. 

Of the 20 markets, Phoenix showed the biggest gains, up 22.8%. New York City was the lone market on the index to show a decline. It was down 1.2% from its reading of the previous year. 

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Toro, GreensPerfection form greensmower agreement

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Toro Co. has entered into an agreement with GreensPerfection to manufacture and market greensmower brushes developed by Rod Lingle, CGCS for Toro’s lineup of Greensmaster walk and riding greensmowers. Under the agreement, Toro is the only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to offer Lingle’s GreensPerfection brushes on its equipment.

“The new GreensPerfection brushes are an excellent addition to our greensmower line,” said Helmut Ullrich, senior marketing manager for Toro greensmowers. “It’s all about playability for our customers, and the GreensPerfection brushes offer a new management tool for superintendents.”

The Toro/GreensPerfection brush offerings combine mowing and brushing into one step. The brushes work in concert with the rotating design, which causes less damage to the turf and provides more lift to the grass blades than traditional groomers. It also throws sand and debris to the front of the mower instead of into the reel to help maintain reel sharpness. 

GreensPerfection rotating brushes are currently available on all Toro Greensmaster mowers.

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