Category: News

Toro Company Acquires L.T. Rich Products

The Toro Company recently announced that it has acquired L.T. Rich Products, a leading manufacturer of commercial zero-turn spreader/sprayers, aerators and snow and ice management equipment. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. L.T. Rich Products is known for its industry-leading Z-Spray line of stand-on spreader/sprayers for landscape contractors and grounds professionals. With five models […]

PET Dealer Survey Remains Open

Take the 2018 PET Dealer Survey and let the industry know what dealers are thinking and doing in their businesses. The PET Dealer Survey is industry’s longest-running dealer trend database, taken every other year since 1991. Covered extensively in the pages of Power Equipment Trade magazine, the PET Dealer Survey also gives OEMs and distributors […]

EETC Announces Training Schedule

Officials with the Equipment& Engine Training Council have announced training sessions available at EETC’s annual meeting in Auburn, Ala. April 12-14. First day (April 12) sessions include factory training from Husqvarna, blade sharpening with Oregon, Toro driveline systems and TOP Equipment carburetor cleaning. April 13 sessions include Briggs & Stratton’s hands-on 4-stroke engine troubleshooting, Echo […]

OPEAA Announces 2018-19 Officers, Directors

During its 32nd annual meeting, the Outdoor Power Equipment Aftermarket Association (OPEAA) announced its 2018-19 Officers and Board of Directors. The meeting held February 10-12, 2018 at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, Fla. was well attended, providing networking opportunities as well as business sessions with speakers presenting timely information regarding the state of the […]

Court Throws Out $24M Exmark Verdict

A federal appeals court has thrown out a more-than $24 million jury verdict in a patent infringement case that favored Exmark Manufacturing. The 2010 lawsuit alleged that Briggs & Stratton an Schiller Grounds Care were manufacturing mowers that infringed on one of Exmark’s patents for multi-blade mowers equipped with baffles between blades, which allowed users […]

Generac Releases Pro Line Of Products

At The Rental Show 2018, held in New Orleans, La. Generac introduced its new Generac Pro line of rugged power equipment designed and engineered specifically for commercial users and rental applications. The new assortment, under the Generac Pro brand, will consist of the following products: • XC Series portable generators (6500 and 8000 W) • […]

Toro Invests In Drones

The Toro Co. recently announced a minority investment in a Boston-based drone technology company GreenSight Agronomics, a firm that seeks to use military drone technology, remote sensors and proprietary analytics to measure turf and crop health. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. “GreenSight is redefining precision agriculture by packaging automated drones, custom sensors […]

OPEI Announces New Board Members, HQ Opening

The Board of Directors for the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) met in Miami, Fla. to discuss the association’s strategic initiatives for 2018 and beyond. The board also elected two new members: Mark Wagner, President and CEO, Club Car LLC, and Joseph C. Wright, President and CEO, Excel Industries. “Growth and engagement are the watchwords […]

Echo Means Business Grand Prize Winner Announced

The web site announced the winner of its 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Package. Ron Coleman, owner of Greenscapes OH, won a trip for two to the Washington DC game next July. Not only is Coleman in the green industry, he runs a 400 player little league organization in his hometown of Rootstown, […]

VP Racing Names New Development Rep

With a reported increase in the number of retail opportunities, VP Racing Fuels has announced the appointment of Tiffany Boone to business development representative serving VP’s consumer products in the Midwestern U.S. She will be based in St. Louis, Mo. Boone, a St. Louis native, started in banking before spending several years as a national […]