Turf & Rec

Billy Goat acquires Plugr aerators

October 2, 2014  By  Mike Jiggens

Billy Goat Industries, Inc. has acquired the Plugr® brand of aerators from SourceOne of Lincoln, NE.

The Lee's Summit, Mo.-based Billy Goat, a leading manufacturer of specialty turf equipment, said its acquisition complements its new 30-inch hydro aerator launching at the Green Industry Expo Oct. 22-25 and creates a premier lineup of commercial reciprocating aerators.

Reciprocating aerators have advantages over traditional drum aerators that allow for unique features such as in-ground turning to reduce contractor fatigue; fewer tines for easy service; 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.

Customers may now choose from the 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 hydrostatic reciprocating aerator.


“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 line-up of turf renovation equipment in the industry,” said Will Coates, CEO and president of Billy Goat. “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."

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


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