In the following podcast, Stephen Vantassel, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management, provides tips to PCOs who are considering entering the wildlife management market. Vantassel also authored "A Jungle of Information" for September PCT, which focused on wildlife management.
MINNEAPOLIS — MGK, the family-owned provider of insect control solutions to a wide variety of markets, announced the sale of one of its subsidies, Baltimore-based ICR Inc., to i2L Research Ltd. ("i2L") of Cardiff, UK.
ICR Inc, formerly known as Insect Control and Research, provides efficacy testing and regulation consulting to the insect control product industry. According to MGK President Steve Gullickson, the purchase of ICR by i2L, a product testing and development company also in the pest control industry, will help the UK organization extend its business from Europe into the United States.
"We certainly have appreciated, and will continue to appreciate, ICR's efficacy testing expertise, Gullickson said. "They provide an important service to us, and we look forward to being their customer in the coming years."
The sale of ICR strengthens MGK's strategic focus on its core business of creating responsible insect control products that protect people and their environments, added Gullickson. "We are very pleased to find a strategic buyer in i2L Research Ltd."
Dr Peter McEwen, CEO of i2L, stated that "the acquisition of ICR, Inc., which will now trade as i2LResearch USA, Inc., is a hugely important development, which places us at the heart of the two most important economies in the world, the EU and the USA"
TUCSON, Ariz. — Truly Nolen recently named Mike Tanner as Western Regional Sales Manager.
In his new role, Tanner will be a pivotal member of the Truly Nolen management team and will oversee all aspects of Truly Nolen’s day-to-day functions through supporting the Western Region managers and sales staff. He will also be interacting with all sales inspectors in order to motivate and train them, helping them reach their fullest potential.
Tanner will be responsible for customer acquisition and retention, the promotion of safety through on-going education, and he will be charged with meeting branch growth/profit objectives through a motivated sales staff and excellent service to customers.
He first worked with the Truly Nolen team as a manager of internal audit and a financial analyst from 1996 to 1998. Most recently, Tanner worked as the regional sales manager for a large insurance company in the southwest.
Tanner returned to the team in December 2011 after joining the MIT program.
“Mike possesses the core values we search for in all of our employees and he continues to demonstrate those on a daily basis,” said Scott Nolen, President of Truly Nolen. “We are glad to have him back on our team and are confident that his knowledge and experience in sales and personnel management will be a tremendous asset in enhancing our western regional teams.”
Tanner also surpassed superior “hands-on” employee training at Truly University in Phoenix. To ensure success, Truly University remains dedicated to providing state of the art training and providing a solid foundation from which all Truly Nolen employees can grow professionally and personally.
Tanner lives in Gilbert, Ariz. with his wife and two children. He enjoys cycling, running and competing in triathlons in his spare time. He remains active in the community as a member of the Arizona Small Business Association.
For more information about Truly Nolen, call 1-800-GO-TRULY or visit http://www.trulynolen.com/.
NEW BERLIN, Wis. — Those fabulous Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches did it again! They raced in New Berlin, Wis., on Oct. 2., at the Batzner Pest Management home office. It was their 12th consecutive year and this time the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin benefited from the unique event.
Jerry Batzner, president of the company bearing his family name, said that selecting the Ronald McDonald House to be the recipient of a company donation this year was “another part of this celebration.”
According to Batzner, one of his company's customer service employees, Sandy Busalacchi, is a dedicated volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House. Her personal connection with the nonprofit, which provides families of ill and injured children a place to stay during the hospital treatment of their children, played an important role in the decision to donate money to help the Ronald McDonald House cause.
On racing day, Batzner Pest Management customer service employees comprised nine teams and each team chose their favorite roach from their collection. “Hissing Hank”, AKA Curtiss Duensing, a personable and outgoing Batzner employee wearing a cockroach costume, was the enthusiastic MC .
The roaches, urged by their respective teams sped along a customized, 8-foot track built especially for the race by Chris Venuti, Batzner marketing manager. “Prizes were awarded to the winning team, but even better, the company made a generous donation to the Ronald McDonald House in their names,” Batzner said.
Customer Service Week allows the company to recognize the important contributions made by their customer service professionals. Along with the race, the schedule of events for the week-long occasion included a staff cook-out, a number of “shout out” forms posted around their offices recognizing individual employees for providing extraordinary customer service on a daily basis, as well as theme games and puzzles.
"This event is not just an excuse for us to throw a party," Batzner added. Customer Service Week, which began in 1988, is a national event recognizing the importance of customer service and honoring the people who practice it.
“We’re extremely proud of our own customer service people and are happy to recognize them for their valuable contributions to our organization. "
As it has in previous years, the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach race attracted local radio, TV, and print media to cover the event.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. —BASF announced its Termidor fall product promotions beginning October 6, 2012 on Termidor H·E High Efficiency Termiticide Copack with Termidor H·E Technology, Termidor termiticide/insecticide and Termidor NY insecticide.
Termidor Termite: Less is More Promotion
Pest management professionals (PMPs) purchasing Termidor H·E High Efficiency Termiticide Copack with Termidor H·E Technology, Termidor SC termiticide/insecticide or Termidor 80 WG termiticide/insecticide October 6-26, 2012 will receive the following discounts:
• Termidor SC termiticide/insecticide
o 10% Discount
o 90 Day Partner Terms*
• Termidor 80 WG termiticide/insecticide
o 10% Discount
o 90 Day Partner Terms*
• Termidor H•E High-Efficiency Termiticide Copack with Termidor H·E Technology
o 17% Discount
o 120 Day Partner Terms*
At the time of order, five cases will be fulfilled. The remaining order quantities will be split equally, then invoiced and shipped on November 15 and December 13.
Looking for ways to save?
Register your company to receive BASF deals and information and receive an additional $10 off every bottle of Termidor H•E High-Efficiency Termiticide Copack with Termidor H·E Technology or Termidor SC termiticide/insecticide as well as an additional $10 off every pail of Termidor 80 WG termiticide/insecticide you purchase (limit 8 bottles/pails per company).
To enroll, PMPs should visit offers.basf.us/enrollmentbonusprogram or call 888-773-8348.
Termidor Ant: Buy Three Get One Free**
PMPs that purchase three 20-ounce containers of Termidor SC termiticide/insecticide or Termidor NY insecticide between October 6, 2012 and November 16, 2012 will get one free.
Visit PestControl.basf.us or contact your BASF Pest Control Solutions sales specialist for more information.