Don’t Miss Ohio Green Industry Advocacy Day – February 22, 2017!

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With approximately 30 new legislators being sworn in to the 132nd Ohio General Assembly and a new leadership slate in the Ohio House, participation in the 2017 Ohio Green Industry Advocacy Day is more important than ever. Join your green industry colleagues on February 22 to impact legislation affecting green industries and carry the message of “who we are” to our state legislators.

Benefit of Membership

As one of the sponsors of this year’s Green Industry Advocacy Day, your Ohio Irrigation Association is counting on you. Legislative and regulatory advocacy is one of the key benefits of OIA membership. By becoming an active participant in legislative events, you strengthen this critical membership benefit. Advocacy Day is your chance to build relationships with two important groups:  Green industry business partners, and members of the Ohio legislature and their staff. And who can tell our story better than you?

In addition to the OIA, participating organizations will include:download

    • The Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association
    • Nursery Growers of Lake County Ohio
    • Ohio Landscape Association
    • Ohio Lawn Care Association
    • Ohio Pest Management Association
    • Ohio Professional Applicators for Responsible Regulation
    • Ohio Turfgrass Foundation

Issues at Hand

advocacyThe biennial operating budget bill will be “in play” in the Ohio House, which makes Advocacy Day the perfect time to affect change in this important legislation. In addition, issues like water quality and quantity, immigration, workers compensation and/or environmental reforms will be discussed. You can be a resource to policy makers on these key issues, helping them to make informed decisions.  They want to hear from you, and YOU have the knowledge that can help advance decisions that are favorable to our industry.

What to Expect

The morning session will feature key legislative speakers like ONLA Legislator of the Year Sen. Bob Peterson (R- Sabina); Craig Butler, Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency; and others.  There will also be a briefing session where you will learn about specific bills and issues, and how best to communicate with your state legislators. Legislative meetings are then scheduled for the afternoon.

We’re Counting on YOU!

For more  information and to register for the event…
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Don’t miss out on this important opportunity to partner with fellow green industry colleagues and to explain critical industry issues to our state legislators!

 


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You’re Invited to the OIA Annual Meeting, January 16 at MGIX

The Ohio Irrigation Association (OIA) annual meeting, held in conjunction with MGIX 2017, will be followed by a FREE reception at Barley’s Brew House.

Meeting

email_sig_mgix17When: Monday, January 16

Time: 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm
(Reception following at Barley’s Brew House)

Where: The Greater Columbus Convention Center – Room C150

Reception – Free Beer, Wine and Food

draft-beer-979210_1920Join Ohio Irrigation Contractors

When: Monday, January 16

Time: 6:45 pm to whenever

Where: Barley’s Brew House, 467 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio (across the street from the Convention Center)

Reception and Door Prizes Courtesy of HunterRain Bird and Toro

Don’t miss out on the best party of the year! Mingle with old friends, vendors, and manufacturers’ representatives. Hunter, Rain Bird, and Toro personnel will be there, as well as the Board of Directors for the Ohio Irrigation Association.

Find out how others fared through 2016. Learn about new products and old tricks. Get the latest news and views from experts. Companies from all over the state of Ohio will be represented.

We’ll See You There!

MGIX 2017, Ohio’s Premier Green Industry Trade Show, January 16-18

 

MGIX

Midwest Green Industry Xperience (MGIX) 2017 (formerly known as CENTS) is scheduled for three full days, January 16 through 18, 2017, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The event will combine industry-leading education with an expanded trade show, offering a truly innovative green industry experience.

Trade Show

This year’s trade show will feature more than 400 exhibitors, offering a wide range of products and services, including nursery stock, hardscaping products, pest and disease control, landscaping equipment, business services and more. The show is expected to attract more than 6,000 attendees.

MGIXThe expanded trade show will also offer:

  • Garden Promenade and Garden Lounge
  • The latest innovations in the New Product Showcase
  • “Are You Smarter Than a Green Industry Pro?” trivia game in the Garden Lounge.

Back by Popular Demand

Available again this year will be the ever-popular ONLA Garage, offering hands-on training to teach your team how to correctly operate, utilize and maintain your precious equipment for optimal performance and longevity. dscf5109-e1478540194841(The ONLA Garage is included with the purchase of a trade show pass.)

Also back this year will be Climbers Corners. This live-stage event features expert educators demonstrating a variety of arboricultural techniques important to tree work professionals, landscape crews, managers and designers.

Education

Educational sessions of particular interest to landscape and irrigation professionals will include:

  • MGIX“Integrated Pest Management in Lawns and Landscapes,” presented by Dave Shetlar, Professor of Urban Landscape Entomology, Ohio State University
  • “Sustainability Parts I, II and III,” presented by John DeVore, designer, landscape contractor and educator
  • “Landscaping for Climate Change,” presented by Kim Eierman, certified environmental horticulturist and master gardener
  • “The Landscape Sustainability Checklist,” presented by Stephen Foltz, Director of Horticulture, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
  • “Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Control,” presented by writer, consultant and educator Debra Knapke
  • “Planting from the Ground Up,” presented by Joe Boggs, Professor of Entomology, Ohio State University

Workshops

In addition, the following pre-conference workshops will be offered on Sunday, January 15:

  • oipcworkshopjuly16c-400_2_origAnnual P.L.A.N.T. Seminar (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.),  presented each winter by the Perennial Plant Association in partnership with Ohio State University Master Gardener Volunteers.
  • Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement Specialist (PICPS) Course (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), designed to educate experienced contractors about the differences between installing PICP versus regular interlocking concrete pavement systems.
  • Landscape Business Bootcamp (9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.), tailored to business owners, managers, employees and all those seeking to improve their expertise in the industry. The curriculum is based on GreenMark’s 4 Cores of Landscape Business Success:  Guiding the business, running the business, getting the business , and doing the business.

To Learn More…

For more information, including the education schedule and special events, Click Here.

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To reserve a booth, Click Here.

 


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MGIX 2017 Planning Guide

Ohio Irrigation Association Annual Meeting at the CENTS Show – Monday January 11

You are Invited to the Ohio Irrigation Association’s Annual Meeting

CENTS Show 2016 Annual Meeting LogoThe meeting, held in conjunction with the CENTS Show, will be followed by a FREE Reception at Barley’s Brew House.

Ohio Irrigation Association Annual Meeting

When: Monday, January 11th

Time: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
(reception following at Barley’s Brew House)

Where: The Greater Columbus Convention Center

Reception – Free Beer, Wine, and Food

Join Ohio Irrigation Contractors

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When: Monday, January 11th

Time: 6:30 pm to whenever

Door Prizes Courtesy Hunter , Rain Bird & Toro)

Where:

Barley’s Brew House

467 North High Street

Columbus, Ohio

(Across the street from the Convention Center)

Don’t miss out of the best party of the year. Mingle with old friends, vendors, and manufacturer’s representatives. Hunter, Rain Bird, and Toro personnel will be there as well as the Board of Directors for the Ohio Irrigation Association.

Find out how others fared through 2013. Learn about new products and old tricks. We will have companies from all over the state of Ohio.

Get the latest news and views from experts.

Help Wanted – Full Time Irrigation Service Technician

Full-time Irrigation Service Technician

Service TechnicianLeading irrigation contractor, Rain One in Columbus, Ohio, seeks experienced irrigation service technicians for irrigation systems.

We’re looking for a mechanically-minded individual who is self-motivated and eager to help our established base of customers.

Job requires working with pipe and fittings, troubleshooting low-voltage electrical systems and communicating with customers.

Knowledge and past experience in the irrigation trade helpful.

Willing to train the right individual who brings the right core skills of mechanical ability, ability to work independently and superior customer-service approach.

Requirements

A Valid driver’s license is required.  Hourly wages based on skill level.

Benefits include holiday pay, vacation, health insurance, and a retirement plan after one year of employment.

Incentive pay program for productivity and customer service.

Relocation assistance available.

 Apply Online or Mail

Apply on-line at www.rain1.com – About Us – Careers, or

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or mail your resume to P.O. Box 321 Blacklick, OH 43004

John Newlin Recognized as the ONLA Legislative Advocate of the Year

Respected Green Industry Professional, John Newlin of Quality Sprinkler Services, Receives Award: 2015 ONLA Legislative Advocate of the Year

John Newlin, Secretary, Ohio Irrigation Association

John Newlin, ONLA Legislative Advocate of the Year

January 20, 2015 — Westerville, Ohio — It is with great pleasure that the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association (ONLA) announces the 2015 Legislative Advocate of the Year recipient, John Newlin.

The Legislative Advocate of the Year Award, previously known as the Grassroots Volunteer Award, is presented annually to a deserving individual in the green industry who has shown outstanding leadership in legislative affairs.

The 2015 ONLA Legislative Advocate of the Year was born in Dayton, Ohio, and grew up in multiple states across the United States. John attended The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in 1975 and attended the Agriculture Short Course at Purdue in 1976. He worked on his family farm for 5 years and attended Ohio Diesel Technical Institute. He was hired by Dow Chemical and worked in Texas oil fields from 1981 -1986. He was an International Carrier Supervisor from 1987-1998.

In 1991 he started his Irrigation Business, Quality Services, in North Ridgeville, Ohio. He and his wife Elaine have been married 15 years.

Healthy Water Ohio LogoThis industry advocate serves on the ONLA Legislative Committee, where he has represented ONLA on Underground Utilities Protection legislation; represented ONLA on the Healthy Water Ohio steering committee spearheaded by the Ohio Farm Bureau; and has taken the lead to establish July as Smart Irrigation Month in Ohio. He attends the ONLA Green Industry Advocacy Day, and PLANET’s Day on the Hill and Arlington Cemetery Project in Washington DC.

Nationally, this individual is on the Irrigation Association’s Board of Directors, is the Vice Chair of the IA’s Government Affairs Committee, and is Past Chair of the IA’s Contractor Common Interest Group. John has achieved the Certified Irrigation Contractor, Certified Irrigation Technician and Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor certifications.

The ONLA’s annual convention, the Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show (CENTS), is scheduled January 13-15, 2016, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel, Columbus. The trade show is open to persons in the nursery and landscape industry.

About ONLA

Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA) LogoThe Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA) leads, promotes and facilitates the success and growth of green industry businesses. ONLA is a non-profit trade association, incorporated in the State of Ohio, representing the interests of the state’s nursery, garden center and landscape industry. Membership is comprised of nursery stock growers, landscape contractors and maintenance firms, garden centers, arborists and allied suppliers. With over 1,300 members, ONLA seeks to enhance the environment and quality of life for all.

Ohio Irrigation Association Annual Meeting at the CENTS Show – Wednesday January 7th

Calling All Irrigation Contractors

You are Invited to the Ohio Irrigation Association’s Annual Meeting

2015 CENTS LogoThe meeting, held in conjunction with the CENTS Show, will be followed by a FREE Reception at Barley’s Brew House.

Ohio Irrigation Association Annual Meeting

When: Wednesday, January 7th

Time: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
(reception following at Barley’s Brew House)

Where: The Greater Columbus Convention Center

Reception – Free Beer, Wine, and Food

Join Ohio Irrigation Contractors

Free Beer Illustration

When: Wednesday, January 7th

Time: 6:30 pm to whenever

Door Prizes Courtesy Hunter , Rain Bird & Toro)

Where:

Barley’s Brew House

467 North High Street

Columbus, Ohio

(Across the street from the Convention Center)


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Don’t miss out of the best party of the year. Mingle with old friends, vendors, and manufacturer’s representatives. Hunter, Rain Bird, and Toro personnel will be there as well as the Board of Directors for the Ohio Irrigation Association.

Find out how others fared through 2014. Learn about new products and old tricks. We will have companies from all over the state of Ohio.

Get the latest news and views from experts.

Welcome Sean Mullarkey, Owner of Tri State Water Works

The Ohio Irrigation Association welcomes Sean Mullarkey, owner of Tri State Water Works, as our newest member. Tri Sate Water Works is located in Cincinnati and is servicing landscape irrigation & lighting systems in the Greater Cincinnati area and Northern Kentucky.

Although new to our association, Sean is no neophyte to the landscape and irrigation industry. In fact, Sean has spent almost twenty-five years in our industry. Sean holds four prestigious certifications from the Irrigation Association:

— Certified Irrgation Designer

— Certified Irrigation Contractor

— Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor

— Certified Golf Course Irrigation Auditior

Tri State Water Works was started by Sean because there is a big need for quality irrigation services with a water conservation approach. Getting a landscape irrigation system functioning properly creating the greatest water savings possible is the mission of Tri State Water Works.

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Sean Mullarkey, President of Tri State Water Works, Cincinnati, Ohio

“Replacing older, inefficient spray landscape irrigation systems with high efficiency drip irrigation can save, literally, thousands of gallons of water that is otherwise wasted,” says Mullarkey. ” Newer technology like weather-based control systems can increase those water savings further. Additionally, alternate water sources, like rain water harvesting, can completely eliminate the use of potable water for landscape irrigation.”

Landscape irrigation is serious business for Sean Mullarkey and Tri State Water Works. The company is offering the following services:

  • Irrigation System Design
  • Specifiations Advocation
  • Irrigation System Inspection Services
Sean has been working on landscape irrigation systems since 1988 when he was the owner of Shamrock Landscapes. Shamrock was sold to Natorps where Sean worked as a landscape designer. Sean earned a certification in landscape horticulture from Ohio State University.

 

Our Mission Statement:

  • Water is a precious resource that should be conserved for current and future generations; water is the source of life, we will respect it as such.
  • We will give back to the community through education and charitable acts to make a difference in the environment.
  • We will embrace technology, while always providing our customers no nonsense service with prompt, clear and truthful communications.

Prior to starting Tri State Water Works, Sean worked as a territory manager for Wolf Creek Company. Sean and his wife, Denise, live in Cincinnati and have two growing children – Christopher is thirteen and Malachi is eleven. Sean, a big advocate of education, is an adjunct instructor in irrigation at Cincinnati State.