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2/25/16

U-TECK has Expanded its WeedEnder Production to Include 8ft. Wide Rolls

Fayetteville, N.C. – Feb. 25, 2016 – U-TECK, a developer of specialized products for the telecommunications, utility, municipal and transportation industries, announces that its WeedEnder® Rolls are now available in widths up to 8ft. The new 8ft width is much more cost effective for projects that have larger installation areas where seaming WeedEnder® rolls together is a necessity. This larger width reduces the seams required for the project and consequently cuts labor cost and installation time.

Made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials, WeedEnder® is an engineered vegetation control fiber matting that stops weed growth at every installation site without herbicides. With its fabric’s patented construction, WeedEnder® allows water and nutrients to pass through the material, keeping the surrounding vegetation's root system alive, while reducing storm water run-off and slowing erosion.

Russ Mason III, U-TECK’s Vice President of Sales, said, "Many installation contractors across the country have begun to express an interest in a wider width WeedEnder® roll so that they can complete their projects faster. We acknowledged this need with a product upgrade that will exceed our customers' expectations."  

U-TECK’s WeedEnder® material is available through the company and its approved distributors. For more information or to locate a sales representative, visit weedender.com, or call 1-800-542-7011.

PRESS RELEASE
10/5/15

U-TECK Announces the Availability of the WeedEnder® Fence Barrier

Fayetteville, NC - Oct. 5, 2015 – U-TECK, a developer of specialized products for the telecommunications, utility, municipal and transportation industries, announces the availability of its WeedEnder® Fence Barrier. This product is designed for maintenance-free vegetation control under all new and existing fences, as well as, next to soundwalls.

Ideal for residential and commercial use, the WeedEnder® Fence Barrier's dense fibers are made with 100% recycled plastic drink bottles. These fibers deprive vegetation of sunlight while allowing water and nutrients to easily pass through to maintain the root system around the mat. This minimizes erosion while controlling vegetation growth where it is needed without herbicides or labor intensive mowing.  The WeedEnder® Fence Barrier is so resilient it can withstand weed eating directly on the material.

WeedEnder® Fence Barrier can easily be cut to fit any area with rolls available in different lengths and widths. The standard Fence Vegetation Barrier width is 2' with a maximum length of 250'. These rolls may be joined together for longer length projects. Weedender®'s  1/4" thick fiber matting is designed for over 20 years of heavy-duty use and is available in light green and asphalt gray.

Used  under fence lines, the Fence Barrier can be ordered pre-punched so that it may be placed on the ground as a template for post placement.  Use of a specially formulated adhesive is available to complete the weed-free installation.  Once the material is in place, stakes are used to secure it to the ground to safeguard against wind or mowers. U-TECK offers several different stakes, each suited to specific soil conditions.

U-TECK recommends the use of unpunched Fence Barrier rolls for use with installations on existing fences.  To install, unroll the unpunched material next to the fence line to observe where post holes need to be cut. Using a drill with a hole saw drill bit, cut the post holes in the material. Use an sharp blade and slice the material from the post hole to the edge of the material. Once the all the post holes are cut and slit, slide the material around the posts and complete the installation.

U-TECK’s WeedEnder® Fence Barrier is available through the company and its approved distributors. For more information or to locate a sales representative, visit WeedEnder.com, or call 1-800-542-7011.

PRESS RELEASE
5/2/13

U-TECK’s WeedEnder® Proves Durability in New York after Superstorm Sandy
Manufacturer to demonstrate vegetation control matting at annual NYSATE Conference, May 8-10

Fayetteville, N.C. – U-TECK, a developer of specialized products for the telecommunications, utility, municipal and transportation industries, announces that its WeedEnder® vegetation control matting has proven its durability by surviving the effects of Superstorm Sandy along Long Island Expressway in Long Island, N.Y.

A total vegetation control matting solution, WeedEnder was installed under cable barriers along the Long Island Expressway in the spring of 2012 to help minimize potentially hazardous roadside maintenance – such as mowing and herbicide spraying – and to prevent erosion that can cause structure trenching. Despite the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, this installation of WeedEnder remains intact, and continues to provide the area with a viable means of vegetation management and erosion control.

Russ Mason III, U-TECK’s vice president of sales said, “Our WeedEnder products are guaranteed to last a minimum of 15 years, and require little to no maintenance. The fact that this installation of WeedEnder in Long Island withstood one of the most destructive storms in history further proves the product’s longevity and demonstrates its ability to serve as a long-term solution for weed control.”

U-TECK will be exhibiting WeedEnder at booth 60 during the 73rd Annual New York State Association of Transportation Engineers (NYSATE) Conference. The conference will be held May 8-10, 2013, at the Rochester Hyatt Regency in Rochester, N.Y. For more information, visit www.nysate.org/conference/index.htm.

WeedEnder is available through the company and its approved distributors. For more information or to locate a sales representative, visit www.weedender.com, or call 1-800-542-7011.

WeedEnder's Utility Pole Mats are featured in Fire Engineering and Better Roads magazines.
5/23/12

WeedEnder featured in City Biz List Charlotte/Raleigh
5/23/12

PRESS RELEASE
5/20/12

U-TECK Announces Completion of 22-mile WeedEnder® Vegetation Control System Installation in Long Island, N.Y.

Vegetation control matting is reducing roadside maintenance and preventing erosion under guardrails and cable barriers along the Long Island Expressway

Fayetteville, N.C. - U-TECK , a developer of specialized products for the telecommunications, utility, municipal and transportation industries, announces the completion of a 22-mile WeedEnder® Vegetation Control System installation in Long Island, N.Y. Installed under guardrails and cable barriers along the Long Island Expressway, WeedEnder is minimizing potentially hazardous roadside maintenance, such as mowing and herbicide spraying, and helping to prevent erosion that can cause structure trenching.

Made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials, WeedEnder is a vegetation control matting that helps make roadsides safe by eliminating recurring grounds maintenance, such as string trimming and herbicide application. Routine roadside maintenance can put workers' safety at risk, especially in routes like the Long Island Expressway that have high volumes of traffic. With its fabric's patented construction, WeedEnder allows water and nutrients to pass through the material, keeping the vegetation root system alive, reducing storm water run-off and slowing erosion that can cause cable barriers to sink, or trench - a problematic occurrence along Long Island Expressway due to its proximity to beaches and susceptibility to storm damage.

WeedEnder was installed under the Gibraltar Cable Barrier systems on a portion of this project. Jay Winn, a regional sales manager for Gibraltar, said, "A vegetation control solution like WeedEnder provides the added value of preventing erosion and trenching for cable barrier installations, whereas traditional methods of mowing and spraying herbicides can magnify water runoff effects. When erosion lowers grade levels under the cable systems, this can change minimal industry cable height requirements and put the structure at risk of compromising its safety ratings. Cable barrier installations in areas near water, like the Long Island Expressway, can benefit from WeedEnder's erosion control capabilities to maintain a safe, long-lasting cable installation."

Russ Mason III, U-TECK's vice president of sales, said, "U-TECK is pleased to announce the completion of one of our largest WeedEnder installations in New York to-date. We anticipate positive results on the Long Island Expressway, as WeedEnder is helping to keep roadside workers safe, eliminating the need for harmful herbicides, and slowing erosion along this route that connects thousands of travelers to many of Long Island's popular beaches."

U-TECK is showcasing WeedEnder at booth 26 at the 72nd annual New York State Association of Transportation Engineers (NYSATE) Conference. The conference will be held May 23-25, 2012, at the Syracuse University campus. For more information, visit www.nysate.org/conference.

WeedEnder is available through the company and its approved distributors. For more information or to locate a sales representative, visit www.weedender.com , or call 1-800-542-7011.

WeedEnder is Featured in Landscape Management Magazine
May 2012

WeedEnder is featured in Landscape Management's May 2012 issue in "The Ticket to Weed Control". To view the article click here.

Median Cable Barriers Proving Effectiveness
By CHAU LA

Published by Newsday.com
April 8, 2012

   

Newly completed median cable barriers on stretches of the Long Island Expressway and Sunrise Highway have kept 22 drivers from crossing into oncoming traffic so far this year, transportation officials said.

In all, the barriers were damaged 36 times from Jan. 1 to March 31, all presumably by drivers, the New York State Department of Transportation said. It took anywhere from one to 10 days to repair the damage. Story continues

 

Slippery Slope
Pesticide restrictions intensify as more states impose bans on use.

By Cindy Ratcliff
Published in TotalLandscapeCare.net

Three more states in the Northeast are proposing new laws that would prohibit the use of pesticides on grounds surrounding schools and, in some cases, daycare centers.

If adopted, New Jersey, Maine and New Hampshire would join New York and Connecticut in imposing bans on EPA-registered lawn and ornamental pesticides for playgrounds and playing fields.

For now, residential lawns are excluded from state legislation calling for pesticide restrictions, but as each of these bills pass, it opens the door to the possibility of their gradual expansion, according to Tom Delaney, director of government affairs, Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). He points to Canada, where many provinces ban cosmetic use of pesticides altogether, as an example of how quickly policy can pass from public to private property.

“Those who would like to see pesticide use go away feel schools are easier targets for these laws, but it’s just a starting point,” says Delaney, who is also a member of the Pesticide Policy Dialogue Committee (PPDC), an EPA federal advisory committee.

“We all should be paying attention—even if you don’t make applications at schools. Don’t sit on the sidelines thinking this doesn’t affect you because eventually, it will. We’re not so far removed from it on residential lawns. We may work on a different site, but we use the same products, so don’t put your head in the sand. Support those in the industry who are being affected now.”

Delaney says following best management practices along with IPM (Integrated Pest Management) are the best ways landscapers can support the industry. “All it takes is one person doing something wrong to provide the basis for a new law or regulation, and everyone in the industry will suffer from that person’s poor practices,” he says.

In the United States, determining regulations for pesticide use is a responsibility shared at the state and national levels. The EPA regulates pesticides nationally under the authority of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and other laws to register pesticides, educate applicators, monitor compliance and investigate pesticide problems.

Under these guidelines, states are allowed to develop their own regulations that are more comprehensive and stringent than federal regulations. State pesticide regulatory offices typically license pest control companies that operate in each state, certify individual pest control applicators, investigate companies and enforce pesticide laws in conjunction with the EPA and other agencies, according to the National Pesticide Information Center.

Many states also have preemption laws to prevent municipalities from crafting their own laws regarding the use of pesticides and fertilizers. However, a bill introduced in the Connecticut legislature earlier this year seeks to overturn the state’s pesticide preemption law. In states that don’t have state primacy laws, municipalities can specify their unique ordinances for how pesticides are used and applicators are certified.

What follows is an update of new and/or noteworthy state and municipal pesticide usage restrictions, including proposed legislation that would impact usage on a national level.

1. According to Beyond Pesticides (a non-profit organization that advocates “a world free of pesticides”) research, 34 states have adopted laws that address pesticide use at schools and/or daycare centers:
• 21 states recommend or require schools to use IPM, a 24-percent increase since 1998;

• 16 states restrict when or what pesticide may be applied in schools;

• 17 states require posting of signs for indoor school pesticide applications;

• 26 states require posting of signs for pesticide application made on school grounds;

• 23 states require prior written notification to students, parents or staff before a pesticide

application is made to schools.

2. Recent laws passed in New York and Connecticut restrict the use of pesticides on schools grounds and daycare centers. The Connecticut law (effective Oct. 1, 2009, for daycare centers and on July 1, 2010, for K-8 schools) bans all EPA-registered pesticides labeled for use on lawn and/or ornamental sites, including fungicides, herbicides and insecticides. New York State’s Child Safe Playing Fields Act was passed in May 2010, requiring all schools, preschools and daycare centers, both public and private, stop using pesticides on playgrounds or playing fields. The law went into effect for daycares on Nov. 14, 2010, and for schools on May 18, 2011. The law does allow for emergency application of pesticides in instances of infestations.

3. New Jersey is proposing a Child Safe Playing Fields Act this year. Forty towns there already have pesticide-free parks, and more than 30 municipalities have enacted bans of synthetic lawn pesticides on public property.

4. Maine and New Hampshire are each proposing a version of Child Safe Playing Fields Act for their states, as well.

5. On Massachusetts school grounds, no pesticides can be applied for purely aesthetic reasons.

6. Illinois’ Pesticide and Lawn Care Product Application bill prohibits the application of pesticides when children are present at licensed daycare centers. Additionally, the treated area of those centers must remain unoccupied for at least two hours following application. Applicators must provide a four-day advance notice of application for parents and guardians of children at daycares and schools.

7. Federal legislation, the School Environmental Protection Act (SEPA), was first introduced in November 1999 in both the U.S. Senate and House and has been reintroduced every Congressional session since, according to Beyond Pesticides. It seeks to restrict the use of pesticides both indoors and on school grounds nationwide. It also would ban the use of synthetic fertilizer at schools. The bill, if adopted, would establish a 12-member National School IPM Advisory Board to develop school IPM standards that would be a national standard.

PRESS RELEASE

U-TECK to Showcase WeedEnder® at 42nd Annual ATSSA Convention & Traffic Expo
2-8-12

WHAT: U-TECK , a developer of innovative, specialized products for the transportation industry, will exhibit during the American Traffic Safety Services Association's (ATSSA) 42nd Annual Convention & Traffic Expo , held Feb. 12-16 in Tampa. This is the first time the manufacturer will participate in the event.

In booth #1523, U-TECK will showcase WeedEnder®, a cost-effective, durable system that controls unwanted vegetation growth under guardrails, cable barriers, and road signs. Ideal for use by state departments of transportation and municipalities, WeedEnder is a vegetation control matting comprised of 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials. Developed by U-TECK, WeedEnder is not only an environmentally friendly alternative to herbicides, but it also eliminates the need for dangerous roadside mowing and maintenance, thus keeping workers safe in the field and upholding ATSSA's pledge toward zero roadway fatalities.

With nearly 3,000 attendees, the ATSSA Convention & Traffic Expo is the industry's premiere event for roadway professionals worldwide, and features workshops, speakers, exhibits dedicated to issues and products related to all aspects of temporary traffic control and roadway safety. The ATSSA is an international trade association representing companies and individuals in the traffic control and roadway safety industry for more than 40 years.

WHERE:
The ATSSA 42nd Annual Convention & Traffic Expo, booth #1523
The Tampa Convention Center
333 S. Franklin St.
Tampa, FL 33602

WHEN:
Convention: Feb. 12-16
Traffic Expo: Feb. 14-16

For more information about the ATSSA Convention & Traffic Expo, visit http://www.atssa.com/MeetingsEvents/2012Expo.aspx .

PRESS RELEASE

WeedEnder Representative, Willow Springs Nursery & Landscaping, is Participating in Wisconsin Parks Directors Conference
10-27-11

Visit Willow Spings & Landscaping's at booth #118 on November 2, 2011 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay , WI . This year’s conference will offer numerous opportunities for networking, educational sessions, professional development and fun!

For more information, their website is www.wpraweb.org .

WeedEnder in KDOT's Transline Newsletter
9-9-11

WeedEnder was recently featured in the Kansas DOT (KDOT) newsletter, Translines. KDOT has installed WeedEnder along I-135 in Wichita, Kansas in an effort to control weed growth by using our 100% recycled, environmentally safe material.

If you are ever passing through Kansas, keep an eye out for our WeedEnder material. You can see the excellent results for yourself! To read the entire article click here .

PRESS RELEASE
9-8-11
   
     
WeedEnder Introduced to International Transportation Professionals at the 2011 ICOET Conference

Last month, U-TECK's WeedEnder® Vegetation Control System personnel joined over 500 transportation and ecology professionals from 21 countries at the 2011 International Conference on Ecology & Transportation (ICOET), in Seattle, WA .  Held every two years since 2001, “ICOET is the primary forum for an international gathering of the foremost experts in  the field of transportation development, related scientific study,  and administrative processes that can enhance both the project development  process and the ecological sustainability of transportation systems.” according to ICOET's website.

 

ICOET's website goes on to state that its mission is to “identify and share quality research applications and best management practices that address wildlife, habitat and ecosystem issues related to the delivery of surface transportation systems.”  Because U-TECK's WeedEnder offers such an impactful environmental solution, the show seemed a great fit. Introducing WeedEnder to international professionals proved added incentive to attend.

When speaking to U-TECK's VP of Sales, Russ Mason, about the show, he stated, “WeedEnder recently received product approval from the Washington State Department of Transportation, who was a major sponsor of the show. We wanted to not only offer our support by attending, but also to take this opportunity to educate other transportation leaders about WeedEnder and the environmental benefits it provides.”

He continued, “We were encouraged by the reception our product received, and we hope that the attendees took our message home to their own corners of the world. There ARE safe alternatives when it comes to vegetation control.”

U-TECK is a woman-owned business that has been offering WeedEnder for over 15 years to major telecommunications, municipalities, and departments of transportation. Because every mile of 3' wide WeedEnder takes approximately 50,000 plastic drink bottles out of the landfill, it offers an environmentally safe and effective alternative to herbicide spraying and weed-trimming.

PRESS RELEASE
1-27-10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Nan Jackson
PHONE: 910-483-5016
FAX: 910-483-0784
EMAIL: njackson@uteck.com

Fayetteville, NC – January 2010 – R.E. Mason Enterprises, Inc., DBA U-TECK, a business specializing in the manufacture, sales & service of specialty tools and vegetation control solutions for the telecommunications, power, and CATV markets for over 25 years, received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Greater Women’s Business Council, a regional certifying partner of the Women’ Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by the Greater Women’s Business Council is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.

By including women-owned businesses among their vendors, corporations, and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier/vendor diversity programs. To learn more about U-TECK, please visit www.uteck.com.

About U-TECK
U-TECK has been offering products and solutions for over 25 years, first to the telecommunications, power and CATV markets, and then expanding our reach with our unique, 100% recycled WeedEnder® Vegetation Control Matting to state departments of transportation and municipalities. While our product line continues to grow as market needs change, our primary focus continues to be offering exemplary customer solutions with significant contributions to the excellence of our markets.
About WBENC

The Women’s Business Enterprise Council is the nation’s largest third party certifier of the businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC is a resource for the more than 700 US companies and government agencies that rely on WBENC’s certification as an integral part of their supplier diversity programs.

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