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Take a few minutes to listen to an audio interview with Ecologel's Agronomist, Jim Spindler
Check out this great article on Hydretain that appeared in the June 2001 issue of Sports Turf Magazine. It discusses the challenges and costs associated with maintaining greenscape investments in the face of drought and rising awareness of water conservation concerns.
Ecologel enlists new Florida Sales Manager, John Wiley
Ecologel Solutions, LLC is proud to announce that John Wiley has joined the team as the company's new Florida Sales Manager. John is a veteran in the green industry with over 35 years of experience. After getting his Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State, John began his career in landscape supply distribution. He has worked in all aspect of distribution from purchasing to sales and personnel management. He has also worked on many landscape design projects and has a strong background in golf.
In addition to his career experience, John has served the industry in leadership roles for various associations. He was a past Vice President and Secretary of the Independent Turf and Ornamental Distributor Association. John currently holds a position as the Director of the O.J. Noer Turfgrass Research Foundation where he has previously served as a Past President and Vice President.
John brings his experience in distribution and association leadership to his new role with Ecologel. As the Florida Sales Manager, he will be working with local distributors to help maximize their sales potential in various professional and retail markets. John will train distributor staff on Ecologel products, and assist on sales calls. He will also be available to work with customers and assist local Hydretain Advantage Program members.
John can be reached at email@example.com
May 9, 2011:
Ecologel Gains New Marketing Representative, Kiersten Spindler
As Jim Spindler’s daughter, Kiersten has been involved with the company from an early age, attending trade shows and performing other tasks in the office. After graduating from Barry University in Miami, FL with a BA in English Literature, she began working for Ecologel in May 2011. Living in Miami has also allowed her to develop a second-hand knowledge of Spanish.
Before joining the Ecologel team, Kiersten worked for an advertising company over summer breaks, maintaining connections and keeping in contact with both clients and factories. At Barry, she was in charge of planning, promoting, and coordinating student events for Sigma Tau Delta, giving her the experience and ability to organize large functions.
Apr. 11, 2011:
Ecologel Gains New Executive Assistant, Ed Wilson
Ed Wilson has joined Ecologel as an Executive Assistant to Company President, Rick Irwin. Ed offers a great breadth of knowledge applicable to our business objectives. His background is in law, holding a B.A. from the University of Florida, and a Juris Doctorate from Barry University. In addition to his dedication to Ecologel, Ed also presently holds a position as a Professor within the School of Business at Rasmussen College. Among the courses he teaches are: Business Law, Labor and Employment Law, Marketing Ethics, and Career Development.
We are excited to continue to increase the diversity of backgrounds amongst our team here at Ecologel, and we are furthermore enthusiastic to continue in this period of growth. Ed comes to us from the Lake Fountain industry, where he has experience in manufacturing, technical capabilities, sales, and exports. He also maintains his own small business endeavors. Additionally, he has a background in aquaculture, which further lends a basis of knowledge in the areas of chemistry and biology.
This diverse background has proven to be an excellent match for the challenging and exciting nature of our work here at Ecologel Solutions. Ed can help provide meaningful insight toward business decisions, has a fundamental understanding of the manufacturing industry, and can offer quality organizational and communication skills toward facilitating increased efficiency within our office.
Apr. 4, 2011:
Ecologel welcomes new team member Kevin Lewis as Northeast Technical Sales Manager.
Kevin started his career in the green industry in 1988. Golf course maintenance was the first step. Over the next 8 years Kevin gained knowledge of intensive golf maintenance programs. In 1995 he took a position at The Links at The Renaissance where he was promoted to Golf Course Superintendent overseeing all aspects of golf course management. Throughout the working years Kevin attended classes and received an Associates Degree of Applied Sciences from The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Turfgrass Management. Along the way Kevin also partnered in starting a local lawn maintenance company and later worked and consulted for another small lawn care operator.
Kevin was licensed Commercial Applicator in the State of Ohio for Turf, General Weed control, and Aquatics. In 2008 Kevin’s career path shifted gears to join the Technical Services Department at John Deere Landscapes where he assists in product support to sales staff and end users, develops sound agronomic programs, assists in equipment issues, and participates in industry training for CEU credits.
Most recently, Kevin has joined the Ecologel Solutions team where he will be working in the northeastern quarter of the United States in order to build relationships with applicators and distributers alike through agronomic and technical knowledge of the Ecologel and BioPro lines.
May 2016 -
BioPro Technologies expanded its fertilizer line with the addition of ArborPlex (14-4-5). Formulated with 50 percent slow-release nitrogen, ArborPlex is designed to provide consistent, extended feeding to promote balanced root and shoot growth. Read full article at Landscape Management >>>
March 2016 - In Hydroseeding, Weather Matters (A Lot)
Erosion Control Magazine - March/April Issue
Products Featured: Hydretain, LESCO Moisture Manager
2015 Media Coverage:
Ecologel Agronomist Tours Italy - Mixes Business with Pleasure!
During late May and early June, Jim Spindler, Ecologel's Director of Agronomy,
travelled to Italy combining business and pleasure for some exciting experiences.
During the first part of the trip Jim and his wife, Melissa, joined a group of
deacons from the Orlando, Florida diocese for a tour of numerous religious and
historical sites important to Catholic deacons in Rome and Assisi.
These sites included visiting the Colosseum, Catacombs, Spanish Steps, and
several basilicas and other holy sites. No trip to Italy is complete without a
sampling of Italian cuisine and wine. For Jim, the high point of this portion
of the trip was participating in a Holy Mass with Pope Francis.
Jim with gift stole Pope Francis
Pope Francis greeting deacons after Mass
After touring Rome and Assisi Jim travelled to Lamezia Terme where he met with
Salvatore Scicchitano, an agronomic consultant with Irritec. Irritec anticipates
distributing Hydretain in Italy, Spain and other countries. Together, Jim and
Salvatore visited with the farm manager of Fattoria della Pina, a dairy and citrus
farm that manufactures cheese from cow, sheep, goat and buffalo milk. While there,
Jim was also able to review a Hydretain test that was conducted on silage corn (maize).
The treated silage corn grew about 1 meter (about 36 inches) in a 10-day period after
being treated with Hydretain through the drip irrigation system. The results were so
impressive that the farm manager decided to treat another silage corn field. Jim and
Salvatore completed this portion of the trip with visits to two additional growers.
The first was with a citrus grower, where they set up a Hydretain test on a portion
of a droughty citrus grove. The second was with a greenhouse/onion grower who will
test Hydretain both in the greenhouse and through drip irrigation in the onion fields.
This grower is also interested in testing Ecologel's GelTrak dust suppression product
on his onion farm roads.
Ecologel is excited to learn more about the results of the tests established in Italy.
The positive results experienced will help expand the use of Hydretain in agriculture
in many parts of the world. Water is one of the greatest limits in food production in
much of the world, particularly in third world countries. Ecologel hopes to help people
in these regions by optimizing the utilization of the water that is available, so they
are able to better provide for their families.
Maize in Calabria, Italy - 2016
At Treatment, 10 Days and 37 Days After Hydretain Treatment
August 2015 - Hydroseeding: Protecting the Soil and the Future
Erosion Control Magazine - July/August Issue
Products Featured: CytoGro, Moisture Manager
July 2015 - Protecting Plants from Drought Stress
Turf Trends - Summer Issue
Products Featured: Hydretain
May 2015 - Chemistry and Water
Superintendent Magazine - May Issue
Products Featured: Hydretain
April 2015 - The Use of Hygroscopic Humectants in Managing Soil Moisture
Turf Trends - Spring Issue
Products Featured: Hydretain, Moisture Manager, H3O
March 2015 - Hydroseeding Successes
Erosion Control Magazine - March / April Issue
Products Featured: Hydretain, Moisture Manager
CytoGro Root Biostimulant Now Available Quarts
Ecologel Solutions, LLC and subsidiary BioPro Technologies, LLC are now offering CytoGro Root Hormone Biostimulant in quart-sized bottles. Used for years by golf course superintendents, sports field managers, sod farmers as well as for other large scale commercial applications, CytoGro has traditionally been offered in one gallon jugs, which provides enough product to treat four acres at the initial application rate. With growing interest for residential installation and maintenance, the quart sized bottle offers an appropriate size for smaller applications. The smaller size also provides a lower price point for trial applications by new users.
CytoGro is an EPA registered hormone biostimulant designed to enhance root development, increase root mass, and improve stress tolerance. With guaranteed cytokinin content and co-factors that enhance hormone efficiency at exceptionally low rates, CytoGro provides more root building power per dollar than any other biostimulant on the market today. The liquid formula is easily applied as either a foliar spray or soil drench, and is broadly compatible for tank mixing with most other liquid applications. Furthermore, CytoGro contains extremely low levels of gibberellic acid, making it compatible with modern gibberellic acid blocking growth regulators.
In addition to the new quarts and traditional one gallon containers, CytoGro is also available in larger sizes upon request.
October 24th, 2014
Ecologel announces winners of 2014 Hydretain Photo Contest
Ecologel Solutions has tallied all of the votes for the submissions entered into this year's Hydretain photo contest. Throughout the year, participants submitted images showing their results using any of the Hydretain-based technologies to include H3O from BioPro Technologies and Moisture Manager from John Deere Landscapes. Winners were chosen by popular vote and announced at the GIE+ Expo in Kentucky.
Take a moment to visit the results page and see the winners.
July 25th, 2014
GelTrak Trials at the Charlotte Motor Speedway
The Charlotte Motor Speedway, located in the heart of NASCAR country, is known for its legendary superspeedway. Hosting three premire NASCAR races along with several other motorist events each year, the Charlotte Motor Speedway is a top racing facility. When the Dirt Track at Charlotte, a four-tenths-mile clay oval, was created at the Speedway, it brought about a great deal of excitement and opened the door to more racing opportunities. However, the clay track also brought about an unfortunate nuisance dust.
To combat this issue, Ecologel is working with the Speedway to test Geltrak. GelTrak, a product of the Hydretain family, is an environmentally responsible, general purpose dust suppressant ideal for treating dirt and gravel roadways, sports complexes, racetracks, construction sites, and more. GelTrak inhibits dust movement by keeping soils moist and adhering dust fines to larger-size particles for extended periods between watering or rainfall. By utilizing sub-surface moisture and available humidity, GelTrak is able to maintain nominal surface dampness, suppressing dust kick-up.
GelTrak testing at the Speedway took place last weekend during the Global RallyCross Race.
Ecologel’s President, Rick Irwin, and Graphics Manager, Todd Johnson, visited the Charlotte Motor Speedway to observe and film the application procedure as well as product performance during the races. According to Irwin, the trial was a success: “We are very pleased and excited about the results we saw on the track. In a situation like this, you don’t expect to completely eliminate dust. At those speeds, the tires are bound to kick-up dirt and dust, but when you compare this year to the footage of last year’s race, the results are impressive. Unlike a normal dust cloud which spreads until it eventual settles, dust kicked-up on the treated track fell right back down. Speedway staff also noted the difference in dusting. We received feedback from one staff member who said, ‘Even when we did get dust, you would see it come up, but it would never clear the fence.’ As a result, visibility is improved and spectators are kept clean.”
July 1st, 2014
Ecologel Celebrates Smart Irrigation Month
July is traditionally the month of peak demand for outdoor water use. Warm temperatures, little rainfall, and water restrictions make it difficult to keep plants from entering into drought stress. However, there are a number of smart irrigation practices that can be put into effect to help maintain green, healthy plants without wasting water. In order to promote awareness about efficient water use, the Irrigation Association has designated July to be Smart Irrigation Month, and Ecologel Solutions is excited to join them in celebrating.
The Smart Irrigation Month campaign focuses on implementing simple practices and innovative technologies to make maintaining green spaces easy and convenient. By doing so, consumers can save money on utility bills while helping to protect community water supplies for today and the future. Property owners and managers typically overwater, unintentionally wasting money every time they take out the hose or turn on the sprinklers. During Smart Irrigation Month, Ecologel would like to promote products and provide tips to help consumers save water and money.
Did you know that, nationwide, more than 7 billion gallons of water a day go to landscape irrigation? Today, many smart irrigation systems and controllers have been created to keep water use to a minimum. However, there are a number of other ways to conserve water that focus on more than just your irrigation system. For instance, it is important to know the details of your property when creating a water conservation plan. Determining your soil type can help you to understand how quickly water will be absorbed without runoff and waste.
Also, keep in mind that turfgrass requires less water than plants and trees. Watering your property to accommodate the thirstiest plants wastes water, and can lead to root rot, fungus, and disease. Additionally, test soil for pH and nutrient availability. A well rounded fertility program will greatly enhance plant growth and can help reduce overall watering requirements. Finally, watering plants and turf deeply but less frequently will encourage deep root growth and increase drought tolerance.
Another way to reduce watering needs is by applying a hygroscopic humectant product, such as Hydretain. Products like Hydretain attract water vapor from the air spaces within the soil, condense it back into a liquid form, and make the liquid available for plant roots to absorb. When applied and watered into the root zone, these hygroscopic humectants will allow plants to more effectively utilize any water they receive through rainfall and irrigation. In fact, these products have been documented to reduce overall water use by as much as 50 percent, and can be used when seeding or sodding, with new plant installations, or as a regular maintenance program.
Smart Irrigation Month is a great opportunity to begin implementing water conservation practices. While upgrading your irrigation system with efficient equipment is important, keep in mind that even greater water savings can be achieved when including smart practices and products like Hydretain. Above all else, the most important lesson of Smart Irrigation Month is applying these water conservation practices throughout the year, and turning them into a permanent routine.
For more information about Smart Irrigation Month, visit the Irrigation Association’s website
June 2nd, 2014
Ecologel's Business Development Specilist Invited to White House
In March, Ecologel’s Business Development Specialist, Bill Caple, was invited to the White House to speak with Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. Caple was given the opportunity to introduce Secretary Vilsack to Ecologel’s unique water conservation technology, Hydretain, and explain its benefits for the United States agricultural production.While there, Caple noted that the experience was quite impressive and much more personal than he had expected. There were around thirty people in attendance from around the country, and all of the government officials and presenters were very sincere in their focus and compulsion to promote green projects, technologies, and methodologies.
The primary workshop Caple attended was related to drought conditions in the United States timber. At these meetings, Caple brought Hydretain to the attention of various government officials. According to Caple, “Ecologel obviously has a compelling drought relief solution, and I provided an overview and positioned things for some type of promotion of Ecologel by or within the USDA. I also discussed Aqua-T [Pond Bacteria] and its benefits, especially since much of the water pollution in the U.S. is related to agricultural activity.”Caple expressed that he had a very cordial meeting with Secretary Vilsack, as they discussed the various issues and topics related to United States agriculture. “I wanted to ensure that I had the ability to utilize his influence when and if needed,” Caple stated.
Later, Caple had more detailed and lengthy discussions with Patrick Holmes, who is one of the key assistants to the Secretary. These discussions included various ways to promote Ecologel products. One of the goals of Caple’s meetings was to have the local USDA extension agents in key states become acquainted with Ecologel products and advocate their use. Caple noted that they would be “discussing a USDA sponsored webinar or event where Ecologel products would be introduced and discussed in the green [agriculture] area.”Ecologel is very pleased with the success of Caple’s meetings and excited to work further with the United States Department of Agriculture.
As Jim Spindler, Ecologel’s agronomist, commented, “our water saving technologies can be a key facet in assisting in the recovery of drought stricken areas of the country. We are looking forward to Hydretain’s expanding role in promoting water conservation and drought prevention throughout the United States.”
April 15th, 2014
Charafat Afilal, Deputy Minister for Water, has sounded the overexploitation of groundwater.
Management and conservation of water resources play an important role in the new national water strategy.Hydretain, a new technology designed to 50% reduction in water consumption, was recently introduced in Morocco. Overexploitation of groundwater seriously concerned the Moroccan authorities. This is what emerged from the intervention of Charafat Afilal, Deputy Minister for Water, when holding the Skhirat National workshop on groundwater management. The minister announced that this situation is becoming more critical. Indeed, the situation is alarming since the volume of overexploited groundwater resources is one billion cubic meters per year. This consumption causes almost universal decline in groundwater levels in major aquifers in the country, as well as the flow reduction or drying of sources.The stakes are high, given the crucial role of these resources in economic and social development."They thus provide almost all of the water needs of rural populations, irrigating nearly 40% of the total irrigated area," says Charafat Afilal.Reviews shared by Aziz Akhannouch, Minister of Agriculture and Maritime Fishing, who was also present at the meeting, recalled the major socio-economic issues of groundwater for drinking water, agricultural development in many regions, and the industrial and tourist activities.The two ministers agreed on the need to establish a strong political management of water resources based on good governances. In this regard, the Deputy Minister for Water has assured that the management and preservation of these strategic resources play an important role in the new national strategy in this area.The objective is the restoration of a sustainable groundwater balance, which comes about through improved knowledge and a realistic assessment of renewable resources, research of economically feasible opportunities to increase natural recharge, as well as the reduction of withdrawals of the exploited groundwater regime.New technologies to
Reducing water consumption has become a universal concern. Clearly, climate change will further exacerbate our environment for years to come, hence the need for reasonable use of water. Several solutions have been proposed to address the waste of water and to allow not only the preservation of this source, which is increasingly rare, but also to reduce the use.Hydretain is a technology that can reduce water consumption by 50%. This product has been proven in the United States for 15 years, and has recently come to Morocco. Marketed by Soyazid Agri, a sector of the Soyazid society, this technology optimizes the absorption of water from waterings or rain. According to Zineb El Omari, Managing Director of the company, "this technology is an effective response to the climate challenges we face in Morocco and the optimization of the water resources challenge posed by the Green Morocco Plan.”For use on farms, golf courses, lawns, greenhouses, and gardens, Hydretain captures, with active agents, free water molecules present in the soil or in the air and promotes their condensation so that they are easily absorbed by the plant, thus extending the use of ground waterings and/or rain.According to Zineb El Omari, tests were done by the company Soyazid, in partnership with the Royal Douiet Fez Area, to demonstrate the effectiveness of this biodegradable product that promotes safe application to save groundwater. El Omari added that "the initial results are very successful and have demonstrated a reduction in water consumption by 50%."
April 7th, 2014
Ecologel would like to congratulate agronomist, Jim Spindler, on the renewal of his certifications from the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA).
On January 1, 2014, Spindler received certifications as a Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg), Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), and Certified Soil Scientist (CSS) for an additional two years.
April 4th, 2014
Ecologel Solutions, LLC has expanded their sales team with the recent hire of Regional Sales Managers, Seann Correll and Robert Wilson.
In this role, Seann and Robert are responsible for driving sales in their respective territories by supporting local distributors and educating end users on Ecologel products. They will also play a key role in supporting local members of Ecologel’s Hydretain Advantage Program.
As the Northeast Regional Sales Manager, Seann will be representing Ecologel in New England and the Mid-Atlantic States. Seann is a Pennsylvania native who earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Turfgrass Science from Penn State University. With five years of experience as an Assistant Superintendent and eight years as a Golf Sales Representative, Seann brings a wealth of knowledge in turf management and sales experience to his new role with Ecologel.
As the South Central Regional Sales Manager, Robert will be representing Ecologel in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Robert earned his Bachelor's degree in Turfgrass Science from the Ohio State University and has spent the last five years as a distributor sales representative in the Dallas - Fort Worth area. He brings with him several years of experience in the turf and ornamental plant industry as well as many strong customer relationships.
“We are excited to have Seann and Robert on board to support customers and distributors in both regions on a local level,” says company President, Rick Irwin. “With prior experience in sales and turf management, they are both poised to be top contributors to the growth of Ecologel brands.”
March 20, 2014
Wichita Falls News Channel 6 reports on Hydretain. Click here to watch the video.
March 3, 2014
Ecologel Hosts Chinese Distributor Representatives.
Ecologel hosted two Greenman representatives who had flown in from China. Zhuo Li and Xie Haiyan have been marketing Hydretain in China through the Greenman Corporation since 2011, but were eager to learn more about the product and its many uses in their industry. During their visit, company president Rick Irwin and agronomist Jim Spindler gave the two representatives a tour of the Hydretain production facility, and provided an update of the latest in Hydretain field trials and technological advances. Additionally, Zhuo Li and Xie Haiyan were able to meet with key Ecologel customers and distributors in Central Florida to learn how to apply and market Hydretain. “They said they greatly benefited from the training and will return to China with new enthusiasm to market Hydretain this spring,” Spindler says. The Ecologel team is excited to hear how the use of Hydretain will continue to help with water conservation in China.
February 21, 2014
Ecologel's agronomist, Jim Spindler, will be speaking about Hydretain at the annual Arts Alive! Home and Garden Festival
Event to be held this weekend at the Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall at MPEC in Wichita Falls, TX. For those who would like to attend, Jim will be presenting on Saturday, February 22 at 2:00 PM and Sunday, February 23 at 1:00 PM. For more information about the Home and Garden Festival, click here.
August 22, 2013
Check out a new testimonial for our Hydretain Water Conservation Technology. Click the image below to download the PDF
April 20, 2013
Ecologel Solutions, LLC has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for its Hydretain ES Plus and Moisture Manager.
The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label verifies that the products amount of renewable biobased ingredients meets or exceeds prescribed USDA standards. Biobased products are goods composed in whole or in significant part of agricultural, forestry, or marine materials.
The USDA Biobased label provides added comfort to our customers in knowing that the product they are using to help save the world’s water supply is produced using renewable resource technology” stated Richard Irwin, President of Ecologel Solutions.
All biobased amount claims are verified by independent labs and monitored by the USDA. Consumers may feel secure in the accuracy of the biobased amount and be empowered in making better informed purchasing decisions.
We are pleased that Ecologel Solutions, LLC has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label," said Ron Buckhalt, USDA BioPreferred Program Manager. "Biobased products provide opportunities to help add value to renewable commodities, create jobs in rural communities and generate investment income."
About USDA BioPreferred
The USDA BioPreferred program was created by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill), and expanded by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill). The purpose is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. The United States Department of Agriculture manages the program. Products that meet the USDA BioPreferred program requirements carry a distinctive label for easier identification by the consumer. To learn more about the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label please visit www.biopreferred.gov, and follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BioPreferred.
Mar. 20, 2013
Congratulations to Ecologel's Marketing Representative, Sarah Spatola, and her husband, Nick! The couple tied the knot in St. Augustine surrounded by family and friends. We wish them both a lifetime of happiness
Jan. 10, 2013
Mita Burke receives important government appointment
Ecologel is proud to announce that Mrs. Mita Burke, CEO of Sunshine Industries Ecologel’s International Marketing Partner has been officially appointed to the United State’s Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (RE&EEAC). Mrs. Burke was selected as a representative of the U.S. energy efficiency manufacturers and service providers sector.
See below for the Letter of Appointment.
Nov. 16, 2012
Ecologel Solution, LLC. supports Special Olympics Florida
Ecologel is a bronze level sponsor of Jack in the Park: a fundraising event featuring a blackjack tournament, live music, open bar and exceptional food from some of the area’s finest restaurants.
Special Olympics Florida provides year-round sports training and competition for 15,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities. Athletes are able to participate in 20 different team and individual sports, providing opportunities to develop physical fitness, social skills, and personal confidence.
This is Ecologel’s 4th year sponsoring Jack in the Park. Last year, the event raised over $70,000.00 for the organization which provides athletes with training, competition and health services free of charge.
September 27, 2012
Ecologel Introduces New Hydretain Granular at Florida Landscape Show
Ecologel exhibited at the Landscape Show held by the Florida Nursery, Garden, and Landscape Association show in Orlando, Fl. Numerous professional landscapers, retailers, and industry affiliates stopped by the Ecologel booth to discuss the benefits of the new Hydretain Granular. Ecologel is excited about the positive reception of the new granular product received from current users, professional applicators and potential customers new to the Hydretain technology.
During this show, Ecologel was represented by company President, Rick Irwin, agronomist, Jim Spindler, and representatives, Sarah Irwin and Kiersten Spindler.
September 25, 2012
Ecologel Attends Florida Turfgrass Show
September 25, 2012 Ecologel's Agronomist, Jim Spindler, and Marketing Representatives, Sarah Irwin and Kiersten Spindler, attended the 60th annual Florida Turfgrass Association show in Orlando, Florida. The show provided an excellent opportunity to interact with customers and distributors, and to spread awareness about Hydretain Granular. A highlight of this show was the positive reception of the new granular from both customers and distributors.
July 31, 2012
Ecologel supports Challenge Aspen
Ecologel Solutions, LLC, along with long ball hitter Mike Zeigler, helps support Challenge Aspen, a Colorado-based non-profit organization dedicated to impacting lives by presenting meaningful recreational, educational and cultural experiences to individuals faced with cognitive or physical challenges.
Ecologel sponsored a hole at the 9th annual Amy Grant and Vince Gill Golf Tournament. The tournament was preceded by a Gala the night before, consisting of a cocktail party, dinner, auction and private concert by Amy Grant, Vince Gill, John Oates, Jenny Gill and Gene Miller.
Created in 1995 in Snowmass Village, CO, Challenge Aspen is an organization that provides meaningful, life-changing possibilities for the disabled. Their location and partnership with Aspen Skiing Company and local outfitters enables them to offer programs that take advantage of all the varied recreational opportunities in the Colorado Rockies. Challenge Aspen hosts daily adaptive ski and snowboard programs and camps in Snowmass Village, making winter sports and summer recreation accessible to people with any physical or cognitive disability. Another division, Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities (C.A.M.O.), provides recreation experiences for injured U.S. military personnel. The aim of Challenge Aspen is to carefully orchestrate life changing adventures, giving participants the courage to learn something new, trust their own abilities and carry that ideal forward, reaching toward goals in other areas of their lives.
Ecologel is a proud sponsor of Challenge Aspen, whose slogan is “Making Possibilities for People with Disabilities.” Challenge Aspen raised more than five hundred thousand dollars during this two day event, providing the funds for hundreds of people with disabilities and their families to participate in Challenge Aspen’s year-round programs.
June 14, 2012
Ecologel’s President meets Florida Governor Rick Scott
Ecologel’s President, Rick Irwin, was invited by Sunshine Industries USA to attend the 2012 “Florida’s International Achievement Award” dinner and ceremony. The event recognized Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott, for his outstanding leadership and performance in enhancing two-way trade and tourism. Sunshine Industries USA has worked closely with Governor Scott’s team to expand the promotion and export of Ecologel’s Hydretain technology throughout the world. Prior to the award ceremony, Jim and Mita Burke, the executives of Sunshine Industries, had a private meeting with the Governor to discuss future international promotional campaigns. Irwin was introduced to Governor Scott shortly after the award presentation.
Ecologel Solutions, LLC introduces the all new Hydretain ES Plus Granular QD A consumer driven addition to their line of Hydretain water management products.
Hydretain is a patented root zone moisture management technology that effectively reduces the overall watering requirements of plants, shrubs, trees, turf and agriculture by as much as 50% or more. A liquid blend of hygroscopic and humectant compounds, Hydretain acts like microscopic “water magnets” drawing vapor molecules together to form plant useable droplets from moisture which would otherwise be lost to evaporation. Hydretain ES Plus combines Hydretain’s root zone moisture management with an advanced naturally derived soil surfactant designed to improve penetration into and throughout hydrophobic soils.
With the same proven technology as the liquid, the new granular form puts the power of Hydretain in an easy to spread, quickly dissolvable granule that is convenient for dry spreader applications where liquid applications are impractical or labor intensive. Furthermore, the granular Hydretain does not need to be watered in immediately, offering greater flexibility for applicators without access to their customer’s irrigation systems.
“This new granular allows the Hydretain technology to be used by landcare professionals who do not have the equipment for liquid applications,” says Ecologel’s Agronomist, Jim Spindler. “It also gives golf courses the ability to apply Hydretain to areas where boom sprayers cannot reach such as fingers on bunkers and steep slopes, or for inclusion into divot mixes and topdressing sands.”
Hydretain ES Plus Granular QD utilizes a small, consistent particle size to deliver the power of Hydretain on a greens grade (120 SGN) granule for professional applications. At the application rate of 2.7lbs/1000 sq. ft., each 40 lb. bag will treat up to 14,800 square feet of turf. Once watered in, the granular particle completely breaks down, leaving no carrier behind to disrupt playing surfaces.
With its ease of use and professional results, Hydretain ES Plus Granular QD can be easily applied to localized dry spots, flower beds, shrubs, trees, and containerized pots as well as to larger areas such as golf courses, sports fields, and lawns.
Ecologel Solutions, LLC is an Ocala, Florida-based manufacturing company specializing in the productions of environmentally responsible solutions for the sports turf, landcare and agricultural markets. Ecologel’s products include technologies aimed at drought mitigation, water conservation and water management, dust control, plant nutrition, pond and lake treatments and surface coatings.
May 25, 2012
Rick Irwin and Mike Zeigler join Navy SEALs for Charity Event
Rick Irwin, Ecologel president, and Mike Zeigler, long-drive champion, travelled to the U.S Naval Base at Coronado Island in San Diego, California to attend a charity golf tournament hosted by the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. For 31 years, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation…has supported the special operations community through college scholarships and education counseling to the surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Special Operations personnel killed in an operational mission or training accident.
While there, Zeigler gave a long-drive demonstration for a group of Navy Seals before he and Irwin participated in the Golf Tournament. Irwin and Zeigler were privileged to meet several Navy Seals and were honored to receive a personal tour of the Navy Seal Training facility by former Seal and current instructor Mike Cheswick.
May 5, 2012
Ecologel Solutions Sponsors Long Drive Champion, Mike Zeigler
Ecologel Solutions is proud to announce their sponsorship of long drive champion, Mike Zeigler. Zeigler is one of the world’s longest hitters, with a non-competitive drive of 504 yards. Since the beginning of the year, Zeigler has travelled with the company attending tradeshows, giving long drive demonstrations, and learning more about the industry. In between shows, Zeigler was able to share a bit about his career.
Q: How did you first become involved in golf?
A: I started when I was four. My mom, dad, and uncle got me into it, and I loved it. I used to stay out until dark hitting golf balls.
Q: What made you decide to try long drive?
A: I played golf my whole life, and it was tough. It’s a hard way to make a living. My wife and my brother told me that I should do long drive. I tried it, and I’ve done shows ever since.
Q: What do you do to continue being a long drive champion?
A: I work on my flexibility and my speed. I practice about six days a week hitting between 300-500 golf balls a day.
Q: What types of events are you involved in?
A: I do a lot of corporate and celebrity events. I’ve done shows for Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Greg Norman, and more. I also work with an organization called Birdies for the Brave. It’s a charity supported by the PGA Tour that raises money for men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. I also work with the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.
Q: What does being a long drive champion mean to you?
A: It means I set an example. I love travelling and working with people. I bring golf into people’s lives and show them that it’s about more than scoring; it’s about working hard.
For Zeigler, the hard work has brought about a number of great achievements:
- One of the world’s longest hitters
- Performed over 400 clinics nationwide
- Six time Re/max world long drive finalist
- Longest non-competitive drive 504 yards
- Longest putter 346 yards, longest 8 iron 250 yards
- Most 3 putts in one round 11
- Featured in 2005 Golf Magazine as one of golf’s “Boom Boom Boys”
- Winner of several local and statewide events
Ecologel’s Agronomist, Jim Spindler travels to China.
During this time he was able to visit historical sites in Beijing, Guangzhou, Kunming, and Shanghai. He toured the Forbidden City, as well as other cultural districts in Beijing. Jim was also able to see some unique Christian shrines, including cathedrals in three of the cities. He also sampled a variety of traditional Chinese dishes including mutton, pigeon, and other various chicken, beef, fish, and vegetable dishes. For the business portion of the trip, Jim spoke at conferences, attended trade shows, and visited distributors. He participated in both the Golf Forum in Beijing and the Golf Expo in Guangzhou. Jim also visited two of Kunming’s top resort golf courses. This trip was a tremendous opportunity for Jim in regard to personal and professional growth, and was also highly productive for Ecologel Solutions in building better relations with contacts and furthering business development in China.
|November 29, 2011
Spindler attends Florida Ag Expo
On November 9th, Ecologel's agronomist, Jim Spindler, travelled to Balm, Florida to attend the Florida Agriculture Exposition. While there, he was able to hear Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam, welcome the attendees to the show. According to Jim, Putnam shared his view that there is a bright future for Florida agriculture, but there are also challenges. In his opinion, “Water is the most significant long-term issue facing the state of Florida.” This issue concerns both water quality and quantity.
Jim was also able to attend multiple panels discussing agriculture related issues, such as government regulations, labor, water-use, and pending food safety regulations. After attending a grower panel titled “Problems and Needs for Vegetable and Small Fruit Production,” Jim commented, “water usage is a significant issue for strawberries growers in Central Florida. Strawberries require large volumes of water to protect their crop from frost in the winter and for production. Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) has changed permitting requirements for new water well so that no new permits will be granted in the Plant City/Dover area. A strawberry grower on one panel predicted new strawberry production will likely move further south.”
Jim’s experience at the Florida Agricultural Exposition confirmed that there are great opportunities for Hydretain and other Ecologel products in fruit and vegetable production.
|November 10, 2011
Ecologel Welcomes Sunshine Industries New Agents
Ecologel welcomes Sunshine Industries’ new agents, Dennis Chu and John Leper, who will be representing Hydretain in Asia. As agents, they seek out new distributors throughout Asia. We congratulate them on their recent signing of an agreement with a major distributor in China to promote Hydretain throughout the golf, sports turf, and landscape markets.
|October 31, 2011
Ecologel Introduces Hydretain Advantage Program at GIE+EXPO
With 750 Exhibitors and an expected 17,500 attendees, the 2011 Green Industry & Equipment Expo (GIE+Expo) was the perfect setting for the launch of Ecologel’s new Hydretain Advantage Program. The Hydretain Advantage Program is designed to provide support to all professional applicators who have added Hydretain or Hydretain products to their service offering. Once enrolled, applicators will have access to sales and marketing materials, product training, and ongoing technical support.
Centrally located in Louisville, KY, GIE+EXPO is typically known as one of the largest shows in the industry. This year, the event was attended by company president, Rick Irwin, and NE Technical Sales Manager, Kevin Lewis. After the show, both Rick and Kevin commented that the Hydretain Advantage Program was well received by the attendees. According to Rick, “Industry professionals were eager to learn about the program. In this business, competition can be tough, and companies are always looking for opportunities to stand out amongst the crowd. For the past several years, Hydretain has been used by lawn care and pest control companies to combat drought stress, high water bills and watering restrictions throughout the nation. With the development of the Hydretain Advantage Program we are providing the tools to help applicators turn a great product into a multi-seasonal revenue opportunity.”
For additional information, or to enroll in the Hydretain Advantage Program, please visit www.hydretainadvantage.com
|October 17, 2011
Ecologel’s agronomist Jim Spindler travelled to Beijing
China to introduce Hydretain to the Chinese golf market. While there, he was the keynote speaker at the Forum of China Golf Course Design Construction and management, discussing the benefits of incorporating Hydretain into a maintenance program. In the coming week, Jim will be attending another golf show as well as visiting and training Hydretain distributors.
September 15, 2011
Ecologel Attends FTGA
Ecologel's Agronomist, Jim Spindler, and Marketing Representative, Kiersten Spindler, attended the 59th annual Florida Turfgrass Association show in Palm Beach, Florida.
As this was Kiersten's first tradeshow with Ecologel, it was an excellent opportunity for her to interact with both customers and distributors in the Southeastern region of Florida. Jim and Kiersten were also able to attend an educational seminar on the environmental benefits of turf in Florida.
No Rain? No Problem!
Hydretain provides hope for landscapes during record drought.
After learning about Hydretain at the Texas Nursery and Landscape Show, Mesquite based landscape company Ron’s Organics, Inc. began using the water conservation technology. In August, they treated drought stressed Bermuda lawns that required daily irrigation. One week after the application of Hydretain, watering was reduced to every other day. Two weeks after the application, watering was reduced to every third day; resulting in a 66% reduction in irrigation frequency. In addition to the water savings, the treated lawns showed a significant improvement in turf quality within three weeks.
With Texans currently facing the driest year on record, Hydretain offers a solution for water conservation and landscape protection.
Ecologel Exhibits at TNLA Expo
The 2011 Texas Nursery and Landscape Expo was held at the Dallas Convention Center from Friday, August 18th through Sunday, August the 21st. As an exhibitor at this event, Ecologel Solutions, LLC showcased the Hydretain, Aqua-T, CytoGro and BioPro line of products.
With Texas in the midst of the worst drought since the 1950’s, Hydretain was particularly well received by show attendees. Texans, as well as residents from surrounding areas affected by the drought, are currently faced with the challenge to protect their turf, landscape and agricultural investments with a limited water supply. Due to these abnormally dry conditions, it is no surprise that many industry professionals are seeking information about products for drought protection and water management. Numerous professional landscapers, retailers, and industry affiliates stopped by the Ecologel booth to discuss how Hydretain can help them in their fight against drought.
During this show, Ecologel was represented by company President, Rick Irwin and associate, Ed Wilson, who both enjoyed interacting with other exhibitors and attendees alike. Afterwords, Rick commented, “This year’s TNLA show provided the opportunity to offer a water management solution to the customers, local distributors and other industry professionals in this drought stricken community
Ecologel’s Jim Spindler receives Competent Communicator certificate
Ecologel would like to congratulate agronomist Jim Spindler for receiving his Competent Communicator certificate from Toastmasters International. Toastmasters is a worldwide educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills. To receive this certificate, Jim was required to give ten public speeches with the intent of developing proper vocal intonation, body language, incorporation of visual aid, etc. Jim has been attending Toastmasters meetings since October 2009.
Ecologel’s agronomist addresses greenhouse growers association in Dominican Republic
During the end of May, Ecologel’s agronomist, Jim Spindler, was invited to the Dominican Republic by Sunshine Group Industries, an international marketer of Hydretain products. In addition to the Dominican Republic, Sunshine Group Industries is presently working in locations such as the Caribbean, Central and South America, Asia, the Middle East, South Africa, and Russia. Jim was hosted by Valentina Khalife, the director of marketing in Latin America for Sunshine Group Industries.
Jim, Ecologel’s Certified Professional Agronomist, was asked to address the nation’s greenhouse growers association. His presentation focused on water conservation and the economic benefits of using Hydretain in multiple agricultural applications. Many greenhouse managers were enthusiastic about the technology and were excited to examine Hydretain as an option to use in their operations.
An important highlight of the visit was the establishment of several product trials in various applications, ranging from greenhouses and farms, to golf courses and agricultural plantations. These trials concentrated on corn and plantain production, citrus research, and golf course maintenance. The results from these tests will help give Ecologel more information pertaining issues in dealing with applied watering, aid agriculture production, and maintain turf quality while managing water use. Jim anticipates that the “trials will demonstrate how Hydretain will help extend the available water during seasonal drought periods and save money associated with pumping water.” Costs for pumping water are extremely high, and cutting these costs through Hydretain usage is advantageous to farmers and golf courses alike.
In addition to interacting with the greenhouse growers and establishing trials, Jim also had the opportunity to train sales representatives and educate farmers who were eager to learn about the benefits of using Hydretain. Hydretain will surely have a positive effect on the green industry of the Dominican Republic.
May 15, 2011:
Ecologel's Agronomist Travels to Trinidad to meet with Farfan.
In the second week of May, Ecologel’s agronomist Jim Spindler traveled to Trinidad where he worked with Sandy and Andrew, distributors for FT Farfan, supplier of agricultural, home, and garden products, to discuss using Hydretain at golf courses, greenhouses, and farmsteads. While there, Jim trained sales and store personnel on the advantages of using Hydretain such as eliminating drought stress, reducing watering requirements, increasing seed germination, and maximizing crop production. Jim also helped to establish multiple test plots at two golf courses on both greens and tees as well as in greenhouses to experiment with germination rates.
Another exciting event was an interview, focusing on Hydretain, between Jim and Andrew broadcast on a popular radio station that gives agronomic tips to local farmers. The topics covered included general product information, where it can be used, how to apply it and that it is safe to use on food producing agriculture. For the full broadcast, visit.
May 10, 2011:
Moisture Manager Lawn Product Saves Home from Fire
Hydretain Technology Also Addresses Critical Environmental Issues
A local veterinarian’s home was apparently saved from the Weeki Wachee brush fire on April 30 which destroyed 70 acres of property because he had treated his lawn with a product that keeps the grass from drying out. Dr. Mike Brannan’s home sits in the midst of over 12 acres of woods with his house on a hilltop just east of Tooke Lake and US Highway 19 near Weeki Wachee. His home is divided from the woods by a large lawn which he had treated with a product called Moisture Manager (a private label of the Hydretain which helps protect plants from drying out in between periods of rainfall or irrigation. The woods were totally scorched but the fire stopped where the woods and grass meet. The lawn had not been watered since the previous Saturday.
Brannan had heard the Hydretain product discussed on radio station WFLA 970 AM and decided to send an email message to “Florida Gardening” host Mark Govan reporting how his home had been spared from otherwise certain destruction by the fire. Govan turned around and emailed Rick Irwin, owner and founder of Ecologel (www.ecologel.com), the manufacturer of Hydretain products. “I have to believe,” Brannan said, “the Lesco Moisture Manager played a role in saving the house.” Ecologel Solutions LLC, headquartered in Ocala, Florida, was founded in 1991. The company specializes in the production and promotion of environmentally responsible products for water conservation, plant nutrition, pond and lake management, and anti-fungal coatings.
The company’s flagship product technology, Hydretain®, is a unique and advanced liquid which is fully biodegradable and made from food grade materials. It allows all manner of plants, including food-producing
agriculture, to thrive with far less water. Hydretain has been tested by several major Universities, including the University of Florida, and is used on top golf courses around the world. Information and copies of research are available at www.hydretain.com.
“We are committed to saving the World’s water,” said Rick Irwin, “and we are very excited to hear about additional benefits of our product, beyond helping with water conservation.” Hydretain is available in the garden center at many retailers in Florida, including Lowe’s, and at John Deere Landscape under the name “Lesco Moisture Manager.”