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Racing Mowers, Massacring Trees with Chainsaws and Stuffing Faces at the Gamka Sales Husqvarna NJLCA Open House July 14th, 2011

Edison, NJ, July 25, 2011— A large group of landscapers, arborists, tree and snow removal service companies, nurseries, members of the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association, property managers and contractors involved in grounds keeping converged at Gamka Sales Company’s World Headquarters in Edison, NJ on July 14th to eat, meet and compete all evening.

The Open House was sponsored by Husqvarna. Their full line of equipment for landscapers, tree surgeons and snow removal services was on display as well as Wacker Neuson’s wheel loader, excavator and dumper machinery. It was a night to demo products and most of those who attended were seen kicking tires, revving engines, and trying out the machines on hand. Gamka’s showroom was packed with items and their 60,000 sq. ft. warehouse was wide open for the Special 5 Cent Guided Tours conducted by Gamka staff. Many visitors had not been aware that besides Husqvarna, Gamka distributes other products used by landscapers including compaction equipment, filter and stabilization fabrics, diamond saw blades, trench drain and over 40,000 other line items. Gamka has a complete service and repair department with 12,000 parts on hand for the products it sells and Gamka rents 1,700 pieces of construction equipment.

The gathering included a business meeting for the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association but the usual agenda of greeting, eating, meeting and hearing the topic of the day was scrambled when the big barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers came out and people decided that the two contests to test the skills of operators was going to be really fun and first up. The meeting part would wait. For the groundskeepers, there was the Husqvarna Zero-Turn Lawn Mower Timed Obstacle Course Challenge. The participants with the fastest course times were awarded trophies with the champion racer winning a “Green”, one person transportation unit, AKA a Trek Model 820 21 speed mountain bicycle. That lucky contestant was NJLCA member Eric Jepsen of Wayne Jepson Landscaping in Raritan, NJ. For the arborists, tree surgeons and anyone else wanting to give it a shot, there was the Husqvarna Chainsaw Tree Massacre Competition. Using a chainsaw, contestants had to take two slices off a log as quickly as possible. The one with the fastest time of all was NJLCA member Steve Smorong of Dobra Property Maintenance in Colonia. He won a brand new Husqvarna chainsaw.

The outdoor event ran late but the race track and chainsaw logging areas were lit up like daylight with light towers supplied from Gamka’s rental fleet.

When all the contestants had completed their tries for the gold, a brief NJLCA meeting was opened for New Jersey Landscaper Contractor Association business, a concise seminar on the “Evils of Ethanol”, followed by presentation of the awards and door prizes.

By the end of the night everyone admitted to being stuffed with food, all left with some kind of a souvenir or prize and attendees agreed it was a night they would remember.

Bob Hibler


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Edison, NJ, April 14, 2011— Gamka Sales Company was recently named as the Husqvarna Group’s newest New Jersey Distributor. The Husqvarna Group is the world’s largest producer of outdoor power products including chainsaws, trimmers, lawn mowers and garden tractors. The Group is also the European leader in consumer watering products and one of the world leaders in cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries. The product offering includes products for both consumers and professional users. The Group’s products are sold via dealers and retailers in more than 100 countries. Net sales in 2010 amounted to $5.1 billion, and the average number of employees was approximately 15,000. Husqvarna has a long history that is rich in tradition. The first Husqvarna plant was established in 1689 as a weapons foundry. In the course of the centuries, Husqvarna has produced a large range of different products, including sewing machines, bicycles, motorcycles and kitchen equipment.

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Karl Weiss, founder and patriarch of Gamka, spoke of the distributorship appointment, saying, “We have long wished to expand our product offerings to the landscape industry. We started by introducing a compact class of wheel loaders, mini-excavators and dumpers. By joining with Husqvarna our ability to attract a very large and important market segment is enormously enhanced. We are delighted with the opportunities this presents. The products Husqvarna produces are widely known and well received. We think this relationship will build and build.”

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Gamka is a family owned and operated distributor of light to medium sized construction equipment, building products and supplies. Rentals of the equipment lines Gamka sells and services account for a large portion of the revenue mix. Centrally located in Edison, New Jersey, Gamka World Headquarters is just off Interstate 287 between exits 2 and 3. Gamka is housed in their own 60,000 square foot building, situated on 6 acres of land. The structure contains the company offices, showroom, parts, shipping and service departments. While not as old a company as is the Husqvarna Group, the year 2011 marks Gamka’s 25th anniversary of serving commercial contractors, municipalities and industry in and around New Jersey. More information on Gamka is available on their website, www.gamka.com.


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