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RACINE, Wis. - (April 17, 2008) - Case Construction Equipment has announced that it is again sponsoring Total Landscape Care magazine's Landscaper of the Year contest. The program recognizes landscape contractors who exemplify the highest standards of landscape professionals, including business acumen, marketing and equipment management expertise, attention to safety and community involvement.

To qualify, nominees must have annual revenues of $8 million or less, have owned a landscaping company for at least five years, have an excellent safety record, own at least three ride-on machines and provide a positive reflection on the landscape industry overall. Contractors can submit applications on their own behalf, or other industry professionals, such as equipment dealers, can submit applications on their behalf.

"Case is sponsoring the Landscaper of the Year award because we want to recognize contractors who have earned the respect of their employees, their customers and the communities they work in," said Jim Hasler, vice president, Case Construction Equipment, Inc. "We've asked our network of dealers, who operate from nearly 400 locations, to look for customers who embody the spirit of this award."

Entrants will be interviewed by Total Landscape Care editors, who will select 12 finalists to attend a four-day, three-night, all-expenses-paid Caribbean cruise in November 2008. The event includes a special reception, industry roundtable session and an awards banquet. The winning contractor's business will be featured on the front cover and in a multi-page story in the January 2009 issue of Total Landscape Care. The 11 finalists will be featured in articles in subsequent 2009 issues of the magazine.

Nominations are open through August 29, 2008, and forms are available from all Case dealers and online at

"Landscapers often start their businesses with a Case skid steer and equipment financing available through their Case dealer," Hasler said. "As they expand their businesses, Case is here for them, with compact track loaders, loader/backhoes, mini excavators, compact wheel loaders and a full line of larger equipment."

Case Construction Equipment sells and supports a full line of construction equipment around the world, including the No. 1 loader/backhoes, articulated trucks, excavators, motor graders, wheel loaders, vibratory compaction rollers, crawler dozers, skid steers, compact track loaders, telescopic handlers and rough-terrain forklifts. Through Case dealers, customers have access to a true professional partner--with world-class equipment and aftermarket support, industry-leading warranties and flexible financing. More information is available at . Case is a division of CNH Global N.V. (NYSE: CNH), a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A. (FIA.MI).