News roundup: Stihl names new director of branch operations

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Stepping up to fill the position of director of branch operations at Pacific Stihl in Visalia, California, is Murray Bishop, an 18-year employee with the company.

Bishop is now responsible for directing and managing sales and the distribution and service of all products, parts and accessories. He will lead the development of advertising and marketing for Pacific Stihl’s territory of California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and Guam.

Previously, Bishop has worked as senior manager of export and logistics at Stihl Inc. in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He started with the company in 1999 as a manager of finished goods and went on to serve as manager of warehouse operations, packing operations and national traffic management. He has also held the position of director of information services and was responsible for overseeing project management throughout the Stihl network in the U.S.

“Murray has done an excellent job managing multiple departments at Stihl Inc. and is no stranger to the distribution side of business,” said Nick Jiannas, vice president of sales and marketing at Stihl. “We know he’ll bring valuable experience to Pacific Stihl.”

Bishop has been a member of the board of directors of the Virginia Maritime Association since 2015 and has worked to strengthen the Port of Virginia and manufacturing in the Commonwealth.

He has helped plan several facility changes, including the merger of Mississippi Valley Stihl and Midwest Stihl, and moves to new buildings for Pacific Stihl and Northeast Stihl.

“I’m excited to continue working to ensure Stihl is the first choice for professionals and consumers in the Pacific Stihl territory,” Bishop said. “I look forward to working with our network of servicing dealers to deliver the best product with the best service possible.”

Bishop is succeeding Larry Blamer, who is the new managing director for Stihl Australia.

Massey Services named one of Orlando Sentinel’s top 100 companies

The nation’s fifth largest pest prevention company, Massey Services, has once again been named one of the Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 Companies.

Massey Services LogoThe Top 100 program is designed to recognize companies in Central Florida that are committed to making their business a great place to work. The assessment process includes an employer benefits and policies questionnaire and an employee engagement and satisfaction survey.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized as a Top 100 Company in Central Florida,” said Harvey L. Massey, chairman and CEO. “Our dedicated and knowledgeable team members make our company what it is today. At Massey Services, we value our team members and thank them for helping us achieve this recognition.”

Some of the benefits that helped Massey Services stand out include healthcare coverage, life insurance and a wellness program for its employees. The company has also contributed to its 401(k) retirement program for the past 27 years. It was recognized as well for having 93 percent of its employees participate in the 401(k) program.

Massey Services also offers 24 annual scholarships for children of team members and recognizes the outstanding work of their workers at an annual awards banquet in February.

Team Rubicon uses Case equipment at wildlife refuge job

Team Rubicon, Case Construction Equipment, Sonsray Machinery and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worked together on an improvement project at the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge.

Sonsray Machinery provided two CX80C excavators and two SR210 skid steer loaders. Team Rubicon, which combines military veterans with first responders for disaster relief situations, also used the opportunity to conduct some heavy equipment operator training.

Four instructors and nine volunteers from across the country came to the event for classroom instruction along with hands-on training in safety and machine operation. The training also allows volunteers to assist the National Wildlife Refuge System on future projects.

In addition to the training, Team Rubicon was able to create an access road and removed over 50 tons of concrete from an old dairy complex within the refuge.

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