There was a buzz of excitement around the office when our copies of the March 2012 Landscape Contractor magazine arrived. We were thrilled to be on the cover, right there front and center, with our Ventrac tractor and Aera-Vator in action! The feature article in this issue addresses Mowing, Aerating and Top Dressing Turf Fields and more specifically, how to get the best value from a piece of equipment.
Our video crew took a trip this past fall to once again visit the Pete Dye Course at French Lick, located in French Lick, Indiana. The maintenance of this beautiful course is headed by superintendent, Russ Apple, along with his dedicated crew. They keep a tight ship on how this course is properly maintained and our film team wanted to see how they handled their annual fall cleanup with the help of Ventrac.
Several dealers have commented that explaining the Weight Transfer System to Ventrac operators and potential customers is difficult. A new video addressing this has just been released, and early viewers have had very positive comments.
The Weight Transfer System can be used in several different ways, depending on the front attachment being used. Its most important benefit is found when mowing steep slopes. In fact, use of the Weight Transfer System is KEY to the outstanding ability of Ventrac to operate safely on slopes. On slopes, it provides the tractor with increased traction, increased braking, and increased resistance to slipping sideways. It can also be used to minimize the down force on scraping edges such as blades and snow blowers to reduce the tendency to scratch paved surfaces or gouge gravel driveways. In a similar fashion, it can be used to minimize the wheel contact forces on a Blower to minimize potential turf damage. Finally, it can be used to increase the lift capacity of the hitch when using the Slip Scoop or Excavator.
All of these situations are illustrated in the new video. Take a look now:
Attention Ventrac owners! If you haven’t heard of our Ventrac “Top Fan” competition, here’s the story. The competition started with our youngest entry. One small boy whose love of Ventrac is a daily aspect of his life. This young fan, Quinten, watches Ventrac Youtube videos daily, has worn through numerous Ventrac catalogs and plays “Ventrac” with his toys. He even enjoys a little social activity with his cousin as they watch Ventrac videos together. Continue Reading
We all love an inspiring story, especially when great kids are involved. It reinforces that good values and a driving work ethic are alive and well in our youth. For all of you who follow Ventrac regularly, you may have already seen our newest video floating around the web. The featured young man in the video shows there are no age limits when it comes to business savvy.
It is always exciting when new equipment arrives at the plant. And it isn’t every day that it happens. Early last week, there was a massive undertaking happening at Ventrac’s Plant One; the arrival of a new Cincinnati Press Brake.
We would like to welcome Hartville Hardware as the newest Ohio dealership authorized to sell Ventrac tractors and attachments. We are proud to have this successful retailer as part of our Ventrac family of dealers.
What started as a general farm and hardware store in Hartville, Ohio, has evolved into a remarkable destination shopping spot. After 39 years of serving the community, Hartville Hardware is still taking care of customers the way the family owned and operated business has always done. As a “complete home center” they are all about customers and being responsive to what they want and need. They are not a “Big Box” store chain. You can expect a friendly smile, helpful service and no sales pressure. And if they don’t have something you need, they will find it for you.
Since 1999, Ventrac has explored and grown in the world of exports. Expanding worldwide to locations in Europe, Asia, Canada, Africa, South America and the UK, Ventrac has proven that exports can be an important and stable part of business. With tools available through the Small Business Administration, Ventrac is able to better understand how to choose the strongest candidates to partner with abroad.
Export Video Contest
Ventrac recently entered a video contest sponsored by the SBA and Visa. Video entries are to inform other small businesses of the advantages of exporting and to highlight their personal success stories. The entries are also to increase awareness of the government assistance available from the SBA and to explain how exports have successfully grown or maintained a healthy business.
Our video entry features Dallas Steiner, President and CEO of Ventrac, and describes how Ventrac’s export market has helped create a secure and profitable company. Strong exports helped Ventrac weather the recession and the world of international sales continues to grow today.
Sweden’s 1000th Tractor Sold
Ventrac’s export division continues to expand with many success stories along the way. One distributor across the seas , LAPAB of Sweden, has done a phenomenal job with Ventrac. It is exciting to see how they have grown with Ventrac. LAPAB specializes in the Ventrac 3000 series tractors and distribute quite a few. Just how many? Well…in April, 2011, LAPAB helped deliver the 1000th tractor to a very happy and satisfied customer. Anders Pettersson and Peter Karlsson from LAPAB, along with Parkmaskiner (one of LAPAB’s dealers) made the delivery to FaBo Falkenbergs Bostader. This new unit is one of ten Ventrac machines this customer owns!
The 1000th Ventrac Tractor Sold In Sweden
Ventrac knows that exports can provide stability to any growing business. For more information about Ventrac tractors and where to find, visit www.ventrac.com.
We would like to welcome our newest International Distributor to the Ventrac family, Asia Turfquip Supplies, in Singapore. ATS is a diversified company that provides quality turf products and the latest innovations in turf management practices. Their locations serve Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia and they are a key industry player, serving golf courses, public parks, recreation facilities and water management. Having just received their first shipment of Ventrac equipment as a new distributor, they were aimed and ready to focus on training and operation.
Retired NFL Super Bowl Champ Jeff Hostetler Loves His Ventrac
To be a professional athlete, it takes hard work and dedication. It takes toughness and durability to reach peak performance. Preparation requires research and study to stay on top of the game. Former New York Giants Super Bowl XXV Quarterback, Jeff Hostetler, knows all about what it takes. We recently spoke with Jeff at his home, where he talked with us about his professional career and how he maintains his home and property with a Ventrac tractor.