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Profile Products LLC has announced that Kurt Chirbas, Western manager market development, was recently designated as a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC). Chirbas, also a registered Professional Engineer (PE), is based in Sacramento, Calif., and joined Profile in 2008.

The CPESC designation recognizes expert knowledge in the principles, practices and legislation of erosion and sediment control. CPESC activities include the development and review of Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans, Erosion and Sediment Control plans, installation of erosion and sediment control practices and other related activities, such as assisting regulators and educating the public.

Chris Pico Joins LumenOptix

Retrofit-luminaire company LumenOptix has hired Chris Pico as Supply Chain Director. Prior to joining LumenOptix, Pico’s 16-year career included senior positions in operations and supply chain management with Lutron Electronics and Ford Motor Company/Visteon Electronics.

Pico is already known within the lighting industry for implementing best practices in all facets of production, inventory management, purchasing and process engineering. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.

Barenburg Hires Forage Product Manager

Barenbrug USA, which provides turf and forage seed, has hired Peter Ballerstedt as its forage product manager.

Ballerstedt joins the Barenbrug USA team with a background in crop science and forage management. Ballerstedt, who got his BS in Agriculture and Masters in Crop Science (both from the University of Georgia), received his Ph. D. in Forage Management and Utilization from the University of Kentucky. He has written numerous publications and articles and currently writes a blog focused on diet, health and human nutrition called “Grass Based Health,” which can be found at www.grasbasedhealth.blogspot.com.

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AZEK Building Products Inc. recently purchased an interest in VAST Enterprises LLC. The agreement opens the door for AZEK to make products from VAST, a materials science research and manufacturing company that patented Composite Masonry, available to AZEK’s exterior product distribution network.

AZEK and VAST will collaborate on sales and marketing initiatives to drive brand awareness among architects and contractors. For more information, visit AZEK Building Products’ website at www.azek.com. To learn more about VAST Enterprises, visit www.vastpavers.com.

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Profile Products LLC has changed its master brand to better represent its evolving business. The updated logo with the new tagline “Solutions for your Environment” reflects the company’s stronger emphasis on environmental stewardship and the resulting changes in product design and purpose of use. The company website, www.profileproducts.com, has also been redesigned.

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Letters

To whom it may concern –

There was an article in the magazine that I just received about natural turf vs. synthetic turf (Sept/Oct.). I wanted to send a note the author. Her name is Mary Helen Sprecher, and (I wanted to) let her know it was an excellent article. Our firm provides the services she spoke about, and educating the owners of the pros and cons can sometimes be a tough task.

Tim Riordan, P.E.
Associate

AMT Engineering

Word On The Web

From Twitter:

Coleman Design Group (@CDGLA) writes: “A really great new magazine for Landscape Architects! + they let me write a column for them which is pretty neat too!”

From Facebook:

Daniel R. Erlandson writes: “Got new issue today in mail – nice!”

From the Landscape Architect Business website:

On our online article “No-Fuss Landscaping”–“The major factor in garden landscaping is that the ecology of the site also should be analyzed with care, since it is vital in determining the design. The second thing to consider is observing and analyzing the lifestyle of the people who will be using the space. This will include their desires and how much space each of their activities requires. You shared good stuff to enhance the knowledge about garden landscaping.” – Garden Design Sydney

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