5 Key Review Platforms for Landscape Businesses

Positive online reviews are vital for landscape businesses, as they are for any small business. Why? Recent stats indicate people trust online reviews as much as a recommendation from someone they know, and reviews can impact the trust of possible new customers that intend to buy. There’s a guide that’ll go over the top 5 review sites you’ll want to consider if you’re in the landscaping industry and bonus: tips on how to succeed leveraging the platform. Earning positive reviews in the right places can bring customers your way, so you’ll want check out this guide.

Section 179 & Bonus Depreciation Tax Savings for 2017!

dollar-943737_1920The PATH Act, which reinstated bonus depreciation, allows Sec. 179 expensing and more.

  • The updated Section 179 expense provision allows up
 to $510,000, with a $2,030,000 cap on
 expenditures for new and used equipment purchases
  • 50% bonus depreciation on new equipment purchases

Consider investing money in YOUR company and reducing your taxable income. The Section 179 expense allowance is something every business owner should know about since it’s the difference between a capital investment in your business and paying that money as taxes. Continue reading

Our New Holland Presidents Club Award!

We’re pleased to announce that Martin Implement Sales has been selected for New Holland’s President’s Club Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a dealership. This places us among an exclusive group of dealers who have shown outstanding dedication to customer service and keen business management. We’d like to thank all our customers for making this possible and for their continued support as we celebrate our 72nd year in business! Continue reading

Looking to Measure the Skill Set of Your Equipment Technicians or Service Job Candidate?

Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) has technical assessments that will assist you in measuring the skills of existing service techs or job applicants. The assessments are tailored to meet the needs of the equipment industry. We use the assessments up front in the hiring process to help us make the right hire.

The questions on the assessment evaluate technicians’ knowledge in subject areas such as diesel engine, power trains, hydraulics/hydrostatics, and more. They were created by a team of technical experts broadly representing, manufacturers, dealers and technical colleges with equipment programs and are aligned with AED National Construction Equipment Technical Standards. AED has created an informational video on their technical assessments program that was filmed at Martin Implement’s dealership. Click here to view.

FINN LF120 HydroSeeder Tackles Landfill Jobsite Challenges

LF120 HydroSeeder applying hydromulch

The LF120 from FINN Landfill Solutions works to control some of the challenges on a landfill job site. Municipal solid waste landfill designers and operators use daily cover on the area where waste is dumped and compacted, called the cell, to tackle issues that challenge the integrity of the landfill.

Traditionally the cover has been a 6-inch layer of soil, from onsite or hauled in by dump trucks. Alternative materials for daily cover are allowed in some states as long as they perform to the same standard as the soil solution does. These materials often save airspace, money, and time. Continue reading

Is There Something Therapeutic About Watching Grass Grow?

People have a love of plush green grass and, as a turf equipment supplier, we’re all about providing you the equipment you need to prep and maintain it. Watching-Grass-Grow.com is a site where web users do just that: watch grass grow. Is there something therapeutic about watching grass grow? For the thousands who follow Mr. Grass and his grass-cam or binge on slow TV, the answer might be yes.

Next Week’s UCA Spring Showcase

UCA members: we’re proud to be a Grand Prize Sponsor for this year’s Underground Contractors Association of Illinois Spring Showcase. Drop by and visit with us at the exhibit, or during the later festivities. Remember the event is on a Wednesday this year: April 19th at Venuti’s Ristorante & Banquets in Addison. And best of luck in taking home that grand prize!

Chicagoland Home Construction Post-Housing-Crash High

We’re happy when we hear that builders are feeling more upbeat as they see traffic to model homes on the rise and people snapping up more newly built homes than any time since 2008. Last year was a stellar year for homebuilders in the Chicagoland area, the best since the housing crash. Continue reading

Amazing Amenities Like The 606 Are Reinvigorating U.S. Cities

Many of America’s highways, bridges, tunnels, utilities and rail lines, built more than half a century ago, are in need of very necessary repairs. While our president wants to update our crumbling infrastructure, the details are being nailed down on how the building spree will be financed. Some of the best examples of projects that hit the mark for innovation, and go beyond practicality, are flexible amenities that reinvigorate and connect communities. Built on what was the Bloomingdale rail line, the Chicago’s 606 and its structure, public art, creative landscapes, and other amenities tie together neighborhoods including Logan Square, Palmer Square, Humboldt Park, Bucktown, and Wicker Park. The 606 is one of the innovative civic space projects reinvigorating cities  highlighted here.

Visit Hyundai at CONEXPO 2017!

Come to Las Vegas and visit the Hyundai Booth #N11603 at CONEXPO, the largest construction equipment show In the Western Hemisphere! Stop by and say hello to Martin Implements’ Steve Martin and Ernie Prudhomme.

This show is the best time to discover the Hyundai edge you’ve been hearing about. You’ll experience 22,500 square feet of space filled with the latest in Hyundai excavators, wheel loaders, and compaction rollers. Continue reading