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George Furrer Named Chief Executive Officer of United Turf Alliance

April 28th, 2017

United Turf Alliance announced today the appointment of George Furrer as its Chief Executive Officer. United Turf Alliance (UTA) markets turf protection products under the ArmorTech and Optimizer brand names exclusively through its members and dealer partners.

Welcome, New Chief Executive Officer!

“I’m very excited to join United Turf Alliance,” commented George Furrer on his new role as CEO. “UTA is an American owned and operated company with a unique business model. There’s a real opportunity to grow the ArmorTech and Optimizer brands during this time of constant industry realignment.”

Furrer’s career in the industry spans nearly 30 years and includes management positions at both the distribution and manufacturing levels of the turf and ornamental industry.

In January, UTA also appointed Aaron Goy to fill the newly created position of Director of Sales and Marketing. The new role was created to support the growth of UTA and better support its members and dealer partners.

UTA’s Chairman of the Board, Bob Mele commented, “Both George and Aaron are respected industry veterans with tremendous experience and skill sets. The board of directors has a renewed focus to increase our presence among distributors and professional turf managers across the US and our new leadership team is a big part of that.”

 

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United Turf Alliance Enhances Portfolio with ArmorTech® Rotator™ Fungicide

November 30th, 2016

(Atlanta, GA) United Turf Alliance announces the addition of fluazinam-based ArmorTech Rotator Fungicide to its line of professional turf management products. ArmorTech Rotator Fungicide is notable for its fungicidal efficacy on major golf course diseases, such as Dollar Spot and 11 other turf pathogens. As a new source of the active ingredient fluazinam, Armor Tech Rotator Fungicide gives U.S. golf courses an important additional tool for rotating chemistries, which is essential for managing turf disease resistance.

Offering excellent application flexibility, ArmorTech Rotator Fungicide can be used as a rotational partner for chlorothalonil and in combination with systemic fungicides. The product is labeled for use on golf course turf including greens, tees, fairways, and roughs. The product will be available in early 2017 as a 4.17 lb./gallon flowable formulation of fluazinam packed in 4 x 1-gallon cases. ArmorTech Rotator Fungicide will be available exclusively from the United Turf Alliance members and dealer partners.

Incorporated in 2005, United Turf Alliance markets turf protection products under the ArmorTech and Optimizer® brand names exclusively through its members and dealer partners. The alliance directs its efforts toward discriminating golf course superintendents and other turfgrass professionals who value relationships based on industry and product knowledge combined with excellent customer service. Always read and follow the label use directions.

Looking for something else? Check out the United Turf Alliance’s product page for other fungicides, herbicides, fertilizers and more.

United Turf Alliance Debuts Two New Herbicides For 2016 Weed Control Season

September 7th, 2016

ArmorTech® SULF 396 and ArmorTech TRIONE deliver pre-emergence and post-emergence weed control

(Atlanta, GA) United Turf Alliance announces the addition of two new herbicides to its ArmorTech line of professional turf management products.

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ArmorTech SULF 396 is a herbicide notable for its ability to provide quick control of sedges and many other weeds. The active ingredient sulfentrazone launches a two-pronged attack against troublesome sedges with above-ground foliar control and tuber interaction below the soil. ArmorTech SULF 396 also provides excellent control and suppression of a long list of other grassy and broadleaf weeds.

Offering excellent application flexibility, ArmorTech SULF 396 can be used on established cool-season and warm-season turfgrass and applied in early spring, late summer and fall. The herbicide is labeled for use on golf course fairways and roughs, residential and commercial lawns, athletic fields, sod farms and other areas. ArmorTech SULF 396 is available in 4 x 1-gallon or 12 x 6-oz. cases.

 

armortech-trioneArmorTech TRIONE is a herbicide absorbed through roots, shoots and leaves and offers both pre-emergence and post-emergence control of grassy and broadleaf weeds. It is often used during turf establishment and renovation projects to prevent or eliminate weeds and reduce competition with emerging turfgrass. It delivers both pre-emergence and post-emergence control of crabgrass and can be used to eliminate bentgrass growing in unwanted environments.

ArmorTech TRIONE contains the active ingredient mesotrione, a naturally occurring byproduct of the bottle brush plant. It is labeled for use on commercial and residential turf including golf courses (no putting greens), sod farms, sports turf and other areas. ArmorTech TRIONE is available in 4 x 64-oz. and 12 x 8-oz. cases.

 

Both ArmorTech SULF 396 and ArmorTech TRIONE herbicides are available from United Turf Alliance members and partners. Always read and follow the label use directions.

Incorporated in 2005, United Turf Alliance markets turf protection products under the ArmorTech and Optimizer® brand names through its members and dealer partners. The alliance directs its efforts toward discriminating golf course superintendents and other turfgrass professionals who value relationships based on industry and product knowledge combined with excellent customer service.

United Turf Alliance Links with Planet Turf, Inc.

March 18th, 2016

(Atlanta, Georgia)  Planet Turf, Inc., the Spokane Valley, Washington-based distributor of professional turfgrass and ornamental maintenance products, has joined United Turf Alliance (UTA) in an ownership position.

Planet Turf, owned by Jim Connolly, has been an independent dealer partner of UTA for four years.

The company operates in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and parts of Montana and Wyoming, as well as internationally.

In making the announcement, UTA President Tim Zech said, “Planet Turf strengthens the alliance and our position in the northwestern U.S. Jim’s success with our ArmorTech® and Optimizer® product lines is a platform from which Planet Turf can continue to develop additional business in their market area.”

Jim Connolly views his ownership in UTA as an opportunity to provide his customers with more of the products they need.

“My successful partnership with UTA tells me that my company’s future business prospects are enhanced,” Connolly said. “Planet Turf customers, employees and my company as a whole will prosper from this new partnership. The access to the ArmorTech and Optimizer lines is integral to our future.”

Incorporated in 2005, United Turf Alliance markets 28 leading edge turf protection products under the ArmorTech and Optimizer names through its members and dealer partners. The alliance directs its efforts toward discriminating golf course superintendents and other turfgrass professionals who value relationships based on industry and product knowledge combined with excellent customer service.

New Golf Course Fungicide Hits Markets with Powerful Ingredients

August 17th, 2015

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Atlanta GA United Turf Alliance announces the introduction of ArmorTech® ZOXY-T, a golf course fungicide combining azoxystrobin and tebuconazole for the first time. The product will be available this fall in time for snow mold applications

The synergy created by two of the best golf fungicide technologies delivers broad spectrum disease control including patch diseases such as brown patch, foliar diseases such as dollar spot and soil borne pathogens including Pythium. Golf course superintendents can apply ArmorTech ZOXY-T at its highest rate to greens and tees to deliver a full amount of each active ingredient or spray at a lower rate for economical fairway disease control. ArmorTech ZOXY-T is currently labeled for golf course use only and available in 4 x 1-gallon cases from United Turf Alliance members and partners.

“ArmorTech ZOXY T is a game changer for golf course disease control,” United Turf Alliance President Tim Zech said. “We expect this product will be used to treat thousands of fairway acres that superintendents could not previously afford to spray with the strobilurin class of fungicides. With tebuconazole being so complementary to azoxystrobin, it’s tough to imagine a better agronomic combination based on efficacy.”

Incorporated in 2005, United Turf Alliance markets turf protection products under the ArmorTech and Optimizer® brand names through its members and dealer partners. The alliance directs its efforts toward discriminating golf course superintendents and other turfgrass professionals who value relationships based on industry and product knowledge combined with excellent customer service.

Fungicide Sales Stopped Temporarily for Testing

June 7th, 2015

Damage reported at multiple courses, testing to determine cause underway.

After damage was reported by six courses, sales of a fungicide manufactured by TKI NovaSource have been halted and testing to investigate the cause is being initiated in several states.

According to Donnie Wadsworth, director of strategic accounts for TKI NovaSource, they’ve received reports of weakened or damaged turf at a half-dozen courses that applied ArmorTech Alt70 or UPI’s version called Viceroy thus far. “We’re fully aware of this issue and haven’t yet determined the cause,” he said Saturday. “We’re already running tests to see if the product is in spec and found nothing unexpected.”

Among other things, they’re looking at possible reaction to other products applied in combination with the TKI fungicide formulation, which is marketed as a post-patent alternative to Signature. Samples are being sent to university labs and consultants in Rhode Island, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for analysis.

Although they say they haven’t ruled anything out, Wadsworth did call the possibility of herbicide contamination at their plant “unlikely” since the facility is dedicated exclusively to fungicide production.

Asked what, if any fixes superintendents should try, Wadsworth said they just don’t know enough about the problem yet to make a recommendation.

Tim Zech, president of UTA notified customers in a letter Friday that they were stopping sales of Alt70 and investigating the isolated reports. His letter is here:http://www.turfdiseases.org/turfdisewp/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/UTA-Letter-RE-ALT-70-Stop-Sale-06-05-15.pdf.

First Excellent Tank Mixible Silicon Turf Product Offered by UTA

April 23rd, 2015

(Atlanta, GA) Optimizer PSi delivers plantderived silicon in opaline form with a plantderived protein nitrogen carrier. Marketed exclusively by United Turf Alliance members and dealer partners, Optimizer PSi contains 25% of the novel silicon in a concentrated dry powder formulation. This formulation delivers silicon in an immediately bio-available form when applied to turfgrass. It is the first silicon product for turf to offer excellent tank mix compatibility with both foliar nutrient products and plant protection products.

Optimizer PSi provides quicker plant fortification due to its bioavailability of silicon. Specific plant health benefits include increased turgidity as well as improved tolerance to biotic and abiotic stress, stronger cell walls, thicker leaf blades, better root systems and less transevaporation.

“Silicon is one of the most important fortification nutrients for turfgrass, but must be provided in an available form on an appropriate carrier and, until now, that has been difficult,” United Turf Alliance President Tim Zech said. “With the combination of the right form of silicon with the specific carrier found in Optimizer PSi, golf course superintendents and other turf professionals will finally be able to deliver silicon efficiently and see more immediate plant response.”

Incorporated in 2005, United Turf Alliance markets leading edge turf protection products under the ArmorTech® and Optimizer brand names through its members and dealer partners. The alliance directs its efforts toward discriminating golf course superintendents and other turfgrass professionals who value relationships based on industry and product knowledge combined with excellent customer service.

Better Turfgrass Nutrition with Sul-Po-Mag offered by UTA

August 1st, 2014

(Atlanta, GA) Optimizer® InsertTM MKS is a new proprietary liquid nutrient product providing a better source of magnesium, potassium and sulfur when plant demand is highest. Marketed exclusively by United Turf Alliance members and dealer partners, Optimizer Insert MKS incorporates technology allowing nutrient bioavailability to turfgrass.

Good for the turf and for the crew, Optimizer Insert MKS promotes more rapid recovery from aerification and verticutting , while avoiding the heavy labor associated with applying dry Sul-Po-Mag products. Optimizer Insert MKS can be applied through irrigation systems or with a ground sprayer followed by irrigation. The proprietary “Insert” technology allows the nutrients to stay bioavailable once in the soil profile.
“Obviously, we are proud of the opportunity to offer golf course superintendents the first liquid Sul-Po-Mag product,” United Turf Alliance President Tim Zech said. “What’s even better is knowing that Optimizer Insert MKS provides true benefits because it is available quicker, lasts longer and is easier to apply than dry products.”
Optimizer Insert MKS is labeled for application at a rate of 5 to 10 gallons per acre depending on plant demand. It is available in 2 x 2.5-gallon cases or in a 265-gallon one-way shuttle. Always read and follow label instructions.

Incorporated in 2005, United Turf Alliance markets leading edge turf protection products under the ArmorTech® and Optimizer brand names through its members and dealer partners. The alliance directs its efforts toward discriminating golf course superintendents and other turfgrass professionals who value relationships based on industry and product knowledge combined with excellent customer service.

First Alternate Liquid Azoxystrobin Released

July 8th, 2014

ArmorTech® ZOXY™ 2 SC is labeled for the control of many important turfgrass diseases on golf course greens, tees and fairways, as well as residential, commercial, recreational and sports turf. The highly concentrated liquid formulation contains 2.08 lbs. of active ingredient per gallon. It is a water-based product offering low odor and easy tank mixing.

“We believe the competitive economics of ArmorTech® ZOXY™ 2 SC will provide golf course superintendents and other turf professionals more budget-friendly disease control,” United Turf Alliance President Tim Zech said. “We are excited to bring the first alternate brand liquid formulation of azoxystrobin to the turf industry. It provides end users the opportunity to economically spray greens and even fairways with one of the best disease control agents available.”

ArmorTech® ZOXY™ 2 SC is available in 4 x 1-gallon and 4 x 1-quart cases from United Turf Alliance members and dealer partners. The one quart container treats approximately 1 acre of turf at the standard use rate. Always read and follow label instructions.

Incorporated in 2005, United Turf Alliance markets leading edge turf protection products under the ArmorTech® and Optimizer® brand names through its members and dealer partners. The alliance directs its efforts toward discriminating golf course superintendents and other turfgrass professionals who value relationships based on industry and product knowledge combined with excellent customer service.

Chattahoochee Turf Products Added to UTA Family

September 11th, 2013

(Atlanta, Georgia) Chattahoochee Turf Products, Inc., the Cobb, Georgia- based distributor of professional turfgrass maintenance products, has joined United Turf Alliance (UTA) in an ownership position.

Chattahoochee Turf Products, owned by Roger and Susan Myers, has been an independent dealer partner of UTA for three years. The company has primarily done business in Georgia, but will now expand into Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle.

In making the announcement, UTA President Tim Zech said, “Chattahoochee Turf Products strengthens the alliance and our position in the Southeast. Roger’s familiarity with our ArmorTech® and Optimizer® product lines means the Chattahoochee Turf Products sales team can hit the ground running and quickly develop new business in their expanding market area.”
Roger Myers views his ownership in UTA as an opportunity to provide his customers with more of the products they need.

“My experience with UTA tells me that taking my involvement to the next level will be advantageous for my customers, my employees and my company as a whole,” Myers said. “I look forward to what lies ahead.”

Incorporated in 2005, United Turf Alliance markets leading edge turf protection products under the ArmorTech and Optimizer names through its members and dealer partners. The alliance directs its efforts toward discriminating golf course superintendents and other turfgrass professionals who value relationships based on industry and product knowledge combined with excellent customer service.

The Best Broad Spectrum Weed Control Product

February 6th, 2012

(Atlanta, GA)   United Turf Alliance announces the introduction of ArmorTech® SureZone® Turf Herbicide containing four proven active ingredients, including the protox inhibitor sulfentrazone. The other active ingredients in the new herbicide are 2,4-D, MCPP and dicamba.

“The sulfentrazone in SureZone herbicide is noteworthy because it causes weed cells to rupture and provides that quick visual response everybody is looking for,” United Turf Alliance President Tim Zech said. “As a fourth active, it takes SureZone beyond the traditional threeingredient herbicide realm and also gives applicators more flexibility for controlling weeds in cool weather.”

SureZone is an economical, water-based formulation packaged in 2 x 2.5-gallon cases and 55-gallon drums. Labeled for use on most cool- and warm-season turfgrasses, with the exception of St. Augustine, it controls a long list of broadleaf weeds including many tough species. SureZone can be applied at temperatures up to 90°F, is rainfast within six hours and allows reseeding in three weeks. Always read and follow label instructions.

Incorporated in 2005, United Turf Alliance markets leading-edge turf protection products under the ArmorTech brand name through its members and dealer partners. The alliance directs its efforts toward discriminating golf course superintendents and other turfgrass professionals who value relationships based on industry and product knowledge combined with excellent customer service.

Pigment Spray Additive Optimizes Protection and More

November 9th, 2011

(Atlanta, GA) Optimizer® Green Shade is a green pigment spray additive and the latest addition to the line of turf and ornamental products marketed by United Turf Alliance. Optimizer Green Shade enhances turf quality and appearance, while blending color variations caused by stress, phytotoxicity and cultivar inconsistency. It also improves application accuracy by serving as a spray pattern indicator.

Optimizer Green Shade can be used on golf courses, athletic fields and other maintained areas where turf color, quality and spray accuracy are important. It protects turf from the negative impact of UV sunlight and is tank mix compatible with most fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, wetting agents and plant growth regulators. It may be used as a recurrent component of a spray program and to provide green color to dormant turfgrass.

“Research supports the protective capabilities of pigment products applied regularly to turfgrass,” United Turf Alliance President Tim Zech said. “Optimizer Green Shade gives our customers an additional line of defense against turfgrass stress factors.”

The labeled application rate for Optimizer Green Shade is 15 to 20 fl. oz. per acre applied in a minimum of 50 gallons of water per acre. The product is available in 12 x 1-quart or 4 x 1-gallon cases from United Turf Alliance members and dealer partners. Always read and follow label instructions and do not apply or allow overspray of Optimizer Green Shade on hardscapes or other non-target areas.
Incorporated in 2005, United Turf Alliance markets leading edge turf protection products under the ArmorTech brand name through its members and dealer partners. The alliance directs its efforts toward discriminating golf course superintendents and other turfgrass professionals who value relationships based on industry and product knowledge combined with excellent customer service.

United Turf Alliance Launches Tebuconazole Fungicide

October 3rd, 2011

Atlanta, GA) United Turf Alliance announces the introduction of ArmorTech TEB 360 Foliar Fungicide containing the active ingredient tebuconazole. Traditionally used in the agricultural market, tebuconazole is a relatively new choice for professional turf and ornamental managers.

The new systemic fungicide offers rapid plant uptake, which aids in the prevention and control of key turfgrass diseases on golf courses. TEB 360 is also highly effective against ornamental plant diseases. It is labeled for certain landscape ornamental applications.

Suitable for use on both cool and warm-season golf course turf, ArmorTech TEB 360 provides first-class control of anthracnose. In addition, TEB 360 controls brown patch, dollar spot, Fusarium patch, gray leaf spot, gray snow mold, summer patch and other diseases. In ornamentals, TEB 360 is effective against anthracnose, black spot, leaf spots, powdery mildew, rust, scabs and southern blight.

ArmorTech TEB 360 is an excellent fungicide tank mix and rotation partner. Packaged in a 4 x 1-gallon case, TEB 360 contains 3.60 lbs. of tebuconazole per gallon. Applied to golf course turfgrass at the labeled application rate of 0.6 oz per 1000 sq. ft., one gallon economically treats five acres.

Incorporated in 2005, United Turf Alliance markets leading edge turf protection products under the ArmorTech brand name through its members and dealer partners. The alliance directs its efforts toward discriminating golf course superintendents and other turfgrass professionals who value relationships based on industry and product knowledge combined with excellent customer service.

UTA Offers First Biorational Plant Protection Product

May 3rd, 2011

(Atlanta, GA) United Turf Alliance (UTA) offers its first biorational plant protection product with the introduction of ArmorTech® Sonnet biological fungicide. The new wettable powder formulation will be marketed exclusively to the U.S. professional turf and ornamental market by UTA members and dealers.

Sonnet contains the patented beneficial bacteria Bacillus subtilis strain QST 713, which produces natural lipopeptides capable of stopping existing plant disease infections, while simultaneously creating a protective barrier on plant surfaces to prevent intrusion from new pathogens. This multiple mode of action helps manage resistance issues. When tank mixed with traditional fungicides, Sonnet enhances control by inflicting damage on disease cell membranes and may allow improved performance by synthetic fungicides.

Packaged in a 4 x 5-lb. case, Sonnet promotes plant health and delivers preventive control of critical turfgrass diseases including anthracnose, brown patch, dollar spot, gray leaf spot, powdery mildew and rust. It is also labeled for disease protection on ornamental plantings such as annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs. Sonnet is OMRI Listed and supports the goals of integrated pest management.

Incorporated in 2005, United Turf Alliance markets leading edge turf products under the ArmorTech brand name through its members and dealer partners. The alliance directs its efforts toward discriminating golf course superintendents and other turfgrass professionals who value relationships based on industry and product knowledge combined with excellent customer service.