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  • How to Respond to Bad Google Reviews

    Getting a bad review on Google is never the way anyone wants to start a day. However, if this happens to your business, there are several different ways you can go about handling it! First you need to decide if that bad review was a fake review, or a factual one.If you received a fake review:Still take the opportunity to respond.Be sure not to sound aggressive.   Read More...

  • Economic Outlook for Second Half of 2017

    Halfway through the year, a growing economy has hopefully presented many opportunities to expand and profit. A tight job market and increasing consumer spending is expected to lift the US economy through the remainder of the year. From a momentum standpoint, some sectors are peaking.   Read More...

  • Economic Forecast for Q2: What to expect

    US OUTLOOK FOR 2017The US economy is growing, and surveys are showing increased optimism from both consumers and small businesses.  Total Construction Spending rose 4.5% in 2016 and Disposable Income saw a 3.9% gain, positive signs of a healthy economy.  Most of this momentum should carry forward through the next quarter, as Retail Sales numbers are already showing a good start to the year.While many signs are positive right now, there are still some concerning trends in new home-build...  Read More...

  • Get Ahead of Mosquito Problems with NuTone

    It recently came out in the news that Indiana could expect to see mosquitoes and ticks earlier than normal this year. A Purdue University entomology professor, Catherine Hill, indicated that due to the mild winter in Indiana coupled with the wet spring, that could mean that these insects will be out early and will be prolific.* While this isn't the news anyone wants to hear, this is the perfect opportunity to get in front of your customers and offer them a solution to this pesky problem.Our NuTo...  Read More...

  • Mosquito Repellent Testimonial

    This was written by Automatic Employee Kurt Clore: My family and I spent a week in the heart of mosquito country: outside of Bemidji in northern Minnesota at my in-laws house, in the middle of the woods, surrounded by swampland. In the winter, car companies travel here to test winter performance. In the summer, it’s an ideal place to test the effectiveness of a mosquito repellant system.   Read More...

  • NIBCO Quarter Three Economic Forecast

    US OUTLOOK FOR 2ND HALF - 2016Moderate growth has been the story for the US economy so far in 2016 and we see conditions remaining mild, but positive, to start off the second half of the year. It is good news for professional contractors that new home construction permit activity is above year-ago levels for 46 out of 50 states. Recent Consumer Sentiment and Retail Sales reports further support that the consumer is being resilient and a leading force in bolstering the US economy despite all the ...  Read More...

  • EasyOut Irrigation Spray Head Repair

    Looking for a tool to help save you time while repairing spray heads? Look no further than Underhill's EasyOut tool:    Read More...

  • Together We Can Change the Landscape

    At Automatic Irrigation we understand that there is more to running a local business than just the daily operations. We know that we have a responsibility to our community, as well. This is why we are pleased to announce the return of our Charity Promotions program.   Read More...

  • NIBCO Second Quarter Economic Update

      US Outlook for Mid-2016 Our leading indicators are suggesting mild growth for the US economy in the months ahead. The outlook is based on a blend of positive and negative factors likely to impact professional contractors. On the positive side, mild weather, low interest rates and high employment have lifted home building in the winter months and most are looking at an early spring construction season.   Read More...

  • Recruiting Tips for Green Industry Contractors

    Written by Jeff Carowitz with Strategic Force Marketing. To download a PDF of this guide, please click HERE.  It’s hard to be successful if you don’t have the right team. In today’s market, irrigation and landscape contractors are struggling to find responsible, capable and motivated employees.   Read More...

  • AIS: Creating Tools to Help Your Business

    To best help you and your business, we've created two new helpful tools that we hope will provide you a consolidated place to do your training and search for industry related items.  New Training Page We've consolidated training from our Training Portal, our manufacturer's training portals, and YouTube videos to provide you a guide to training yourself and your crews. Many of the links lead to YouTube playlists that include videos within that category.     New Contractor Sear...  Read More...

  • Training Schedule

    Our training schedule for 2016 is set and ready for you to register. Please check out our classes page to read class descriptions and to pick the classes you'd like to register for. Our classes range anywhere from basic irrigation classes, to landscape lighting, water features, and even to more advanced irrigation classes.   Read More...

  • NIBCO Economic Forecast

    2015 has been a relatively good year for the US economy. The unemployment rate has fallen to 5.0%, which by most measures is near full employment. Consumers have seen unusually strong relief from inflation, as falling has prices and generally flat food costs have kept more money in the homeowner's pocket.For the professional contractor, the combination of stronger job market and low inflation means that customers are more likely to be open to investing in new landscape projects and services....  Read More...

  • News from Kichler

    Kichler has some exciting new products coming out. The first is their Centennial Brass Landscape Lighting line. This line has many features, including: -Presenting a natural vintage look and feel with brown and gold undertones that will patina over time -Durable solid cast brass construction -Availability in a variety of fixtures, including path, accent, deck, wall-wash and in-ground fixtures -Optimized to work with Kichler LED retrofit lamps To find out some more specifics on this line, click H...  Read More...

  • UltimateGrass Training

    Come across a situation where irrigation is too difficult? Thinking artificial grass might be a good solution but don’t know much about it or how to install it? Then this is the class for you!   Read More...

  • Contractor Training Portal

      Our training portal is a valuable resource that provides you access to the industry’s best knowledge base on every aspect of operating a contracting business. From the convenience of your computer or tablet, you have access to a rich catalog of courses and educational content. Learn anytime, anyplace with access to the portal 24/7.   Read More...

  • Hunter Luxor Cube

    Hunter has a new product - the Luxor CUBE. This module allows the Luxor ZD Controller to control, zone, and dim other brands of low voltage and high voltage light fixtures. That means it can control carriage, entry pillar, and holiday or bistro lights.   Read More...

  • Electrical Troubleshooting Tools

    Have you ever wondered what type of electrical troubleshooting tools you need for the field? If you're planning anything that involves digging of any kind (planting trees, irrigation installations, etc.), you need to be sure that you know if there are any wires underneath. Armada Technolgies' wire locator is a must-have for the field.   Read More...

  • Aquascape Foundation Donation

    Thanks to our Smart Irrigation Month promotions, we were able to give a donation to the Aquascape Foundation this month.  The Aquascape Foundation has a mission to create sustainable solutions for the world-wide water crisis. One of the ways they help do this is by utilizing Aquascape's RainXchange Rainwater Harvest System as a solution to bringing clean drinking water to areas that typically would have no access to it.  We are lucky that we have access to clean water, and we were hopi...  Read More...

  • Bosma Enterprises Donation

    As part of our June Rain Bird promotion, we were able to present a check to Bosma Enterprises. Bosma Enterprises creates opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired.  They offer all kinds of services, including rehabilitation and employment services for those that are visually impaired.   Read More...

  • Donations for Local Charities

    We believe that we have a responsibility to give back to the community that we are apart of. As part of our promotions, we give back to charities that are apart of the community that we belong to.  As part of our May promotions, we were able to give back to two different charities: Answers for Autism and the Hawk Foundation.  Both of these charities are based in Indiana and both are special to us.   Read More...