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Otterbine – One of our valued partners

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Blog, Fountains and Aerators | Comments Off on Otterbine – One of our valued partners

Otterbine – One of our valued partners

Creating beautiful waterways The Otterbine name is synonymous with quality and performance and we wanted to take the time today to share with you the words of their CEO, Charlie Barebo as we feel their words are very similar to those of Landtech Design and the Kenney Corporation.   It is by partnering with these folks that we can offer the services and designs to our customers in a WIN/WIN fashion. Words to share from Otterbine Dear Colleagues, 2016 was a year of solid accomplishment and growth for Otterbine. In the last three years, we have grown revenues a solid 36% in total. We simply get fantastic support from all our stakeholders – our consultants, vendors, distributors, and the fine people we get to work with every day, our employees. Together, our founders called us the Folks at Otterbine. A little bit more about that. There is more to a business than just making money. Chuck and Terry Barebo made that clear right up front when they bought the business in 1980. How we treat people is a big part of our culture and one of the reasons WHY we are in business. Chuck Barebo, one of our two founders, says it best, “We wanted to create a fun, fulfilling environment that enriched our employees’ lives and treated them like partners. We shared critical operating information with them, we put an annual review and performance bonus in place, we share our profits with them, and we put a health insurance plan in place that included the entire family. Frankly it surprises me whenever anyone leaves us, be it a customer, distributor or employee.” In 2016 our average length of employee tenure was 14 years. We celebrated 5, 10, 15 and 35-year employment anniversaries at our annual supper on Feb. 3rd. Herb Kelleher, legendary CEO of Southwest Airlines likes to say, “If you take good care of your employees, they’ll take good care of your customers.” We are going to treat people – customers, distributors, vendors, and employees like people; valuable, creative, inspiring and loyal. This value was re-enforced at a strategic planning meeting about seven years ago when the second generation led team decided that the best way for us to compete is to be the easiest aerator and floating fountain company to work with. That covers a lot of territory and gives each one of us something to work on every day. This is part of valuing people, one of the reasons WHY we are in business, the core of our culture and value system.  Read more…. New products for 2017 The Air Flo 3 diffused aeration system compliments Otterbine’s line of aeration systems with a sub-surface option to water quality management.  Engineered to offer increased energy efficiency and quieter operation, this “bubbler” type system system is available with 1-disc or 2-disc manifold assemblies.  Key features include: Lake Management: The Air Flo 3 system is extremely effective in all ponds with a depth of at least 6ft (2m), and all the way up to of 40+ feet (12m) depths. It breaks down thermal stratification and stimulates bottom aquatic life which feeds on algae and organic nutrients. The Air Flo 3 system is ideal for managing water quality of effluent ponds and lakes without releasing harmful particulates into the air, and is excellent in breaking up thermal stratification in ponds and lakes. Invisible: No parts of the system or a spray pattern are visible from the lake’s surface. Those concerned with evaporation favor the Air Flo 3 system since no water is released into the air. Safety: No electricity or...

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2012 Monumental Award

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Blog, News | Comments Off on 2012 Monumental Award

Landtech participates in creation of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail which was recently awarded the 2012 Monumental Award by the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.

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Gratitude and Thanks…

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Gratitude and Thanks…

From our family to yours,  This year our hearts are heavy and our prayers go to the families and the community of Newtown, Connecticut as they struggle to put their lives back together after the tragedy they have suffered.  As we Pray for the victims and all people who are suffering around the world we pause to reflect upon our blessings, especially the relationships in our own lives. We are thankful for the blessings of family and friends. With that in mind, we want to thank you for the business you’ve given us, but more importantly, thank you for your friendship. Friendship is a gift from God and as you pause during this holiday season we pray that every one of all faiths is able enjoy this special time and pray that you have a bright New Year. Sincerely, Mike Kenney...

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Is Subsurface Drip Irrigation Right for My Business?

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Is Subsurface Drip Irrigation Right for My Business?

Navigating unfamiliar territory can make anyone nervous. But navigating unfamiliar territory when it comes to your business can be one of the most daunting tasks you undertake. When it comes to growing trends, making the call to adopt or pass over those trends is difficult but impossible to avoid. As a landscape contractor, it is understandable that you may be hesitant to forgo the traditional sprinkler irrigation route for the unfamiliar terrain of subsurface drip irrigation systems. The reality is subsurface drip irrigation is not only a growing trend, but a smart choice. When you consider that water regulations for turf irrigation are on the rise, installing systems that maximize water efficiency is a must, especially for larger commercial and municipal projects. The fact is, water is a high value resource and regulations will continue to increase as water use continues to grow and water scarcity rises.  This is not a trend that green industry professionals can afford to ignore. Subsurface irrigation is ideal for new build projects that require an irrigation system as opposed to going into an existing irrigation system and replacing it with a subsurface irrigation system. It is smart to partner with a landscape architect and an irrigation consultant on projects like these. In order to do it properly, it has to be installed mindfully. There is a learning curve for installing subsurface irrigation systems that may initially be outside your comfort zone as landscape contractor. Rather than shying away from it, use commercial projects as opportunities to gain knowledge and experience in installing subsurface drip irrigation systems. Having the technical capacity and no how will be important to staying competitive in the industry and offer a great way to differentiate your business....

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Predicting Water Use for Irrigation

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Predicting Water Use for Irrigation

One of the biggest Landtech ‘values’ is when we work with landscape architects and develop an  estimate of what the water needs will be based on their landscape design. With water prices and water scarcity both going up, we are often asked to reduce water use for irrigation purposes. Water harvesting, or collecting rainwater to be used for irrigation by directing it from the roof into a cistern, is a good method for reducing reliance on municipal water supplies. The following is a description of our process for predicting water use for irrigation to help you understand what goes into creating the most water efficient irrigation system possible. Our process begins with what we call “scoping”, which is an exercise that enables us to come up with a recommendation for the optimal size of the cistern needed for water harvesting. This is important to determine because cisterns are the most expensive component of a water harvesting system. You need the cistern to be large enough to collect the rain expected to fall, but you don’t want it to be so big that is will never be full, resulting in money wasted. So how do you know what size cistern is right for a given site? Landtech has a model (below) that helps estimate water use during the peak month of July. Once we know the expected amount of water that will be needed, we give the data to our partner, Wahaso who are experts at water catchment and reuse. Wahaso uses the information to discern the optimal size for the cistern, or water catchment system, based on how much water the site can expect to harvest according the average amounts of rainfall, as well as the area of the roof/surfaces that collect the rainwater. Here is an explanation of the above model: We begin by grouping the site into categories based on the water needs of the plants and turfgrass. Group A represents the acreage of turfgrass and lawn areas. We assign each group a weight based on how high the needs are for watering the area. Group A is weighted at 100% meaning it has the highest needs of all groups, and therefore placed at the top of list for watering priority. Group B is the next most demanding group, representing the amount of acres for the highly visible/more-public areas. This is weighted at 70% because it can do fine with a little stress, whereas Group A will not and, therefore, needs to receive 100% of the water required. Group C is the acreage of the plant beds, which we deem moderately important, weighting them at 65%. Last, is Group D representing the areas that will require temporary irrigation to enable newly planted trees or plants to get established. This group is given a weight of 60%. The next step is determining the amount of rainfall (RF) to be expected, as well as the amount of rainfall that will be effective (ER), due to slope, plant cover, soils, etc. This reduction is necessary because there will never be 100% of the rain that actually percolates into the ground during/after a rain event. Then, we must consider the evapotranspiration rate (ET) for the area, which refers to the amount of water that evaporates before it can be absorbed + the amount of moisture that transpires from the plants. We then subtract the evapotranspiration amount from the effective rainfall amount to determine the amount of supplemental water required for each group, according to their weighted needs.  Next, an efficiency factor is applied (by Group) to develop an estimated application amount....

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