Industry roundup: Echo becomes exclusive partner of Latino Landscape Network

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Latino Landscape Network powered by ECHO and the National Association of Landscape ProfessionalsThe National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) is pleased to announce that Echo Incorporated has become the exclusive partner of the Latino Landscape Network (LLN).

The Latino Landscape Network, formerly the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA), connects and empowers the community of 500,000 Latino landscape professionals in the United States.

NALP says the Network, powered by Echo, supports Latino landscape professionals by working with NALP to help develop training materials and resources and provide networking and mentoring opportunities that help advance Latino businesses and employees.

“It’s an honor to partner with NALP on this important initiative,” says Wayne Thomsen, vice president of marketing and product management, Echo Inc. “The professional landscaping industry is comprised of a huge Latino population – from business owners to pros working across all segments of the industry. We’re excited to lend our expertise to help learn and grow the skills and businesses of this crucial landscaping community.”

NALP says it also advocates for the industry and amplifies the voice of Latino landscapers with legislators at the state, local and federal levels.

“Latino landscape professionals are critical to the success of our industry,” says Britt Wood, NALP CEO. “We applaud Echo for their commitment to the Latino landscape community, and we look forward to working together to provide new resources to help people advance their careers and grow their businesses.”

Doosan Bobcat North America announces investment with Ainstein AI

Doosan Bobcat North America recently announced a strategic equity investment with Ainstein AI, Inc., a startup radar technologies company located in Lawrence, Kansas, to continue the development of next-generation radar sensor systems for Bobcat equipment solutions.

“Radar will enhance equipment performance and provide our customers with optimal productivity and the ultimate operator experience through sensor technology,” says Joel Honeyman, vice president of global innovation at Doosan Bobcat. “Our investment with Ainstein allows us to work more closely to provide numerous solutions to our customers.”

“We are so thrilled to work with a strong, internationally recognized brand like Bobcat,” says Andrew Boushie, vice president of strategy and partnerships at Ainstein. “Together, we can advance technology that will benefit our companies and industry.”

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Doosan Bobcat says it invested in Ainstein AI to continue the development of mmWave Imaging Radar with 4D Point Cloud Mapping for construction jobsites.

Doosan Bobcat says it and Ainstein will further collaborate to create next-generation radar sensor solutions to detect objects on job sites when using Bobcat equipment.

“Radar sensor technology is a key component of our innovation accelerated strategy and ensures Bobcat provides the most productive machinery on any worksite,” says Honeyman. “Radar will enhance equipment performance and provide our customers with optimal productivity and the ultimate operator experience through sensor technology. Our investment with Ainstein allows us to work more closely to provide numerous solutions to our customers.”

Doosan Bobcat first announced a partnership with Ainstein in June 2020 to identify forward-looking solutions to help equipment owners and operators maximize productivity, efficiency and safety through innovation and technology. The company says this latest strategic investment is designed to generate several shared-value benefits between the companies and customers.

Doosan Bobcat says it and Ainstein will further collaborate to create next-generation radar sensor solutions to detect objects on job sites when using Bobcat equipment. The company says the radar system developed by Ainstein collects object position data — like range, azimuth, elevation and doppler information — to provide real-time alerts to operators by incorporating a combination of mmWave radar, sensor fusion and artificial intelligence.

The company says this technology will enable obstacle avoidance solutions and future technologies that support autonomous operations.

“The investment from Doosan Bobcat is a validation of our technology and leadership position in next-generation sensor development,” says Boushie. “We are so thrilled to work with a strong, internationally recognized brand like Bobcat. Together, we can advance technology that will benefit our companies and industry.”

Doosan Bobcat says its investment in Ainstein AI comes at the completion of a Series A funding round, and the investment agreement was finalized in December 2020.

Arborjet|Ecologel announces partnership with ISA, donation to TREE Fund

Arborjet|Ecologel recently announced that through a partnership with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) they have made a $15,000 donation in support of the TREE Fund.

Arborjet says it is working with various ISA chapters across the country, where they have matched donations to help grow this fundraising initiative. Through their virtual conferences and events, Arborjet says it has matched contributions with the following ISA chapters in 2020:

  • New England ISA
  • ISA Southern Chapter
  • Western Chapter ISA
  • Illinois Arborist Association
  • ISA Texas

Arborjet revolutionary plant health solutions 20 years of innovative solutions logoArborjet encourages other chapters across the country to participate in this cause, and the campaign will continue throughout 2021 with virtual events planned by New York, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin Chapters.

“We are pleased to work with ISA on this important fundraising campaign, especially during these challenging times,” says Russ Davis, president and CEO of Arborjet Inc. “It is our goal to further Arborjet and ISA’s shared mission to raise funds to preserve trees to protect the country’s urban forests, facilitate important industry research and provide educational opportunities.”

Arborjet says the Tree Research and Endowment or the TREE Fund, works to sustain the world’s urban forests by providing funding for scientific research, education programs and scholarships related to arboriculture and urban forestry. Through the support of corporate, small business, community organization partners and individual donors, the organization says it offers funding for research on urban tree care issues, funding for arboriculture education programs and scholarships for aspiring arborists.

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