Turfgrass Producers International is currently exploring a new supplier membership model designed to further develop relationships with it’s corporate partners. Suppliers and manufacturers are represented in TPI by those companies who are actively involved in providing equipment, manufactured goods, support systems, services, and products or supplies to turfgrass producers.
TPI been working together with supplier members since it’s inception and is examining new options for supplier memberships. Casey Reynolds adds, “We recognize that many of our larger suppliers have many employees throughout the world that may enjoy the benefits that TPI has to offer, particularly at local levels where they interact with turfgrass producers. As a result, we’d like to create a membership model that works more efficiently for large multi-national manufacturers and distributors while still maintaining our current Class B Supplier membership for smaller, family-owned companies.”
In the last two months, TPI staff have been in discussions with Bayer, BASF, Syngenta, and Helena to determine how best to increase interactions and collaboration in a way that is mutually beneficial to them and TPI members. The staff at TPI will present two new supplier membership classes to the Board of Trustees for their approval and then move forward accordingly. “We will continue to reach out to supplier members to see how we can support their businesses while also bringing more resources to producers. We welcome and encourage any current or potential supplier members to contact us with comments or questions, and we will certainly stay in touch as this develops”, Casey Reynolds, PhD and Executive Director of TPI.