TAG: Outdoor Power Equipment Institute

OPEI board elects 2 new members, discusses 2018 plans

February 9, 2018By

The board of directors for the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) elected two new members at a meeting in Miami, Fla. The two newly elected members are Mark Wagner, president of Club Car and Joseph C. Wright, president and CEO of Excel Industries. Officers for 2017-2018 are: OPEI Chair—Daniel T. Ariens, chairman and CEO, Ariens Co.; OPEI Vice Chair—Tom Cromwell,... read more

2017 GIE+EXPO breaks records

November 6, 2017By

The 2017 GIE+EXPO on Oct. 18-20, at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky., was another record-breaking event. “GIE+EXPO continues to grow in size as well as in its reputation as the industry’s gathering place,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of OPEI. The annual industry event draws all segments of the outdoor power equipment and lawn & garden industry.... read more

2018 GIE+EXPO to feature new format

September 14, 2017By

The 2018 GIE+EXPO will feature a new format, allowing contractors an extra day on the show floor and access to the outdoor demonstration area for three days. The indoor show floor will open exclusively for dealers, retailers and media at noon on Wednesday. Then, beginning at 3 p.m. and continuing Thursday and Friday, the entire industry will be invited to... read more

Confusion at the pump

March 24, 2017By

Gasoline blended with more than 10 percent ethanol continues to pose a risk to contractors who aren’t educated about its harmful effects on landscape equipment engines. When consumers arrive at the gas pump, they have more fuel choices now than ever before. And while these alternatives and biofuels may be fraught with good intentions of being gentler on the environment,... read more

OPEI poll shows consumers lack education on new fuels

March 20, 2017By

Though consumers are increasingly aware of the fuel they are using, reports of misfueling and improper fueling practices are on the rise, according to a poll recently released by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). “While most people seem to be aware that there is ethanol in gasoline, the poll results show increased misfueling,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of... read more

People on the Move: OPEI names director of standards; T. Christy names manufacturer rep and more from Ruppert, Seed Research, CLCA

May 18, 2016By

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute appointed Michael Ross to director of standards. Ross previously worked as a regulatory engineer for lawn and garden equipment for MTD Southwest. He’s also worked for Stewing, McNeilus, Cushman and LMC. He has engineering experience in mechanics, dynamics, hydraulics, electrical, CAD design and manufacturing. T. Christy Enterprises appointed Tom Childers, former vice president of marketing for John Deere Landscapes,... read more