Billy Goat announces acquisition

Billy Goat Industries, Inc., a Lee’s Summit, Mo.-based manufacturer of specialty turf equipment, announced Oct. 1 that it has completed the acquisition of the Plugr brand of aerators from SourceOne of Lincoln, Neb.

The acquisition of the Plugr brand of aerators complements Billy Goat’s new 30-inch hydrostatic-drive aerator launching at the Green Industry & Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO) Oct. 22-24 in Louisville, Ky., and creates a complete lineup of commercial reciprocating aerators.

Reciprocating aerators have advantages over traditional drum aerators. They offer unique features such as in-ground turning that reduces contractor fatigue; fewer tines for easy service; and variable aeration density that produces two to 10 times more holes per pass (ideal for patch and repair work) and deeper plugs, regardless of soil conditions.

Billy Goat’s combined 2015 aerator lineup will be the most comprehensive offering of aerators on the U.S. market. Customers may now choose from the proven 19-inch walk-behind and 48/72-inch tow-behind drum aerators, the new 18- and 25-inch mechanical reciprocating aerators, and the new 30-inch hydro reciprocating aerator — an industry first. No company has more pricing and operating width options between 18 and 30 inches.

“When combined with Billy Goat’s best-in-class sod cutters, overseeders and power rakes, this acquisition will advance our mission to provide our customers the most innovative, productive, simple-to-service and user-friendly lineup of turf renovation equipment in the industry,” said Will Coates, CEO and president of Billy Goat Industries, Inc. “It is our goal to integrate the acquired products in time for GIE+EXPO, provide Billy Goat’s level of service and parts support, and move newly manufactured product into our global distribution and rental networks shortly after the beginning of the year.”

Additionally, Billy Goat has acquired the expandable 36/48/60-inch tow-behind drum aerator and the 500-pound-capacity loading ramps.

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