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Bobcat And Polaris Form Alliance

West Fargo, N.D.–Bobcat Company and Polaris Industries Inc., of Medina, Minn., announces a long-term strategic alliance that will leverage the strengths of both companies to penetrate work-related market segments globally. The alliance will include co-development of work vehicles, supply of highly differentiated work vehicles and technology sharing, with a planned launch by the second half of 2010. Scott Wine, Polaris Industries CEO, said the alliance is consistent with Polaris’ goal of diversifying beyond core powersports segments and will enhance efforts to accelerate the growth of military and international business.

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Cub Cadet Launches Streamlined Consumer-Friendly Web Site

Cleveland, Ohio–Cub Cadet, a provider of outdoor power and lawn equipment, is making it even easier to find the right equipment with a new, enhanced Web site, www.CubCadet.com. Customers can now access all Cub Cadet home wwner, Cub Cadet utility vehicle, Cub Cadet commercial and Cub Cadet Yanmar products through one Web site. The new site also offers recently viewed products, videos and interactive demos, easy-to-use tabs, product suggestions and online product manuals. For more information, visit www.CubCadet.com.

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Centrella Earns “Instructor of Distinction” Award For Third Time

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.–For the third consecutive year, Keiser University bestowed one if its’ highest honors–the Evelyn C. Keiser Teaching Excellence Award, “Instructor of Distinction”–on pool and spa industry veteran, Connie Sue Centrella. Centrella, program director of the Keiser University eCampus Aquatic Engineering Degree Program, has played a significant role in pioneering the online 2-year college degree program, now in its’ fifth year.

The Keiser University Teaching Excellence Award Program is an annual teaching effectiveness award that recognizes full-time faculty for their excellence in teaching, based on criteria for each course taught by the faculty member, including total averages of attendance by student, completion, evaluation scores, post test scores and an overall effectiveness score. Faculty performance is measured each month. For more information about the Aquatic Engineering Degree at Keiser University, visit www.keiseruniversity.edu and click on online education, call (866) 534-7371, or e-mail admissions@keiseruniversity.edu.

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Playworld Partners With Wastewise And EPA

Lewisburg, Penn.–As part of its ongoing sustainability efforts, Playworld Systems announces its partnership with WasteWise, a division of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that works with organizations to encourage the reduction of waste. This partnership is the newest pillar in Playworld’s strategic plan to provide play in a socially responsible way. It comes on the heels of a recent redesign of its production process to lean manufacturing, which eliminates waste in everyday equipment assembly. In October 2007, the company also became the first major U.S. playground equipment manufacturer to offer 99.9 percent PVC-free products. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a plastic which releases toxins in its production and disposal process. For more information, visit www.playworldsystems.com.

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