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Out of over 350 inspiring entries, a local landscaper from Alabama is this year's Kickstart winner. “This contest is about awarding the entrepreneurial spirit, and providing the resources to allow a determined landscape business owner to reach their full potential,” says Michel Marchand, Vice President–North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “Austin Kirby was chosen as our grand prize winner because he has the drive to do amazing work in his community and take his landscaping business to the next level.”

A Bit About Austin

He took on landscape jobs during his high school summer breaks and fell in love with the work. Austin went on to get his B.S. in Landscape Horticulture from Auburn University. He started working for a company out of school, but four months later he decided to follow his dream of owning his own landscaping company and aptly named it KirbAppeal.


What he's won

As the grand prize winner, Austin will be taking home the following package:

  • A six-month lease on any one (1) piece of CASE Construction Equipment
  • A yearlong consultation with landscape contracting industry expert Jeffrey Scott
  • A $3,500 CASE Parts & Service Reward Card
  • Fleet management consultation and recommendations from CASE staff throughout 2018
  • Brand-new, custom-branded CASE apparel/uniforms
  • Up to five passes to GIE+EXPO 2018
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“I have plenty of landscape/horticulture knowledge but it takes more than that to run a successful business. [This will help me improve my business] by setting me up with a business consultant and talking about equipment needs.”

“I’ll be able to do jobs that I wasn’t able to do before—it gives me something to have in my pocket where I know I can go out and get the job done.”

Cowin Equipment Company Inc , Austin’s local CASE dealer, is thrilled the Kickstart winner is a fellow local business. The Cowin team congratulates Kirby and is looking forward helping his business grow.

“I’m amazed that I won. I think it’s going to afford me some opportunities that I would not have had otherwise, especially with this equipment. I’ve been working at getting things such as an excavator and a small dozer, so I think it’s going to help me ease into that.”


Thank you landscapers

From rugged, reliable equipment to versatile attachments to expert and industry advice, CASE will proudly continue to support growing landscaping businesses and their communities well into the future. Check out all we have to offer and sign-up for CASE eNews to receive updates on Austin, new product launches, exclusive offers, must-read advice and of course, future information on Kickstart 2019!

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