Category: News

OK Considers Dealer Legislation

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Oklahoma’s state legislature is considering legislation to strengthen dealer-manufacturer franchise contract law to require a supplier to repurchase new, unused and undamaged repair parts at 90% of the merchandise’s value, up from 85% in current law. Legislation under consideration would also specifically include forestry, construction, industrial, maintenance and paving equipment inventory in the current law…


Bills May Beat ATV Lead Ban

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), along with the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA), have announced support for two new bills that would overturn the ban resulting from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008, aka the Lead Ban, which brought the sales of off-highway motorcycles and ATVs designed for kids 12 and…


New Federal Lead Law Hits Youth ATVs

Thursday, March 19, 2009

A new federal law enacted in February by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has hit the youth motorcycle and all terrain vehicle market hard: The new law prevents the sale of all products for children ages 12 and under that contains lead over specified limits, included in that ban are some widely popular ATVs…


Echo, Shindaiwa Merging Operations

Monday, March 16, 2009

Officials with Yamabiko Corp., the recently formed parent company of Kioritz Corporation and Shindaiwa Corporation, today announced plans to merge the two companies and operate as Yamabiko. Initially, Yamabiko Corp. was created as a holding company on December 1, 2008 to take advantage of management integration,sourcing, engineering, manufacturing and other efficiencies. The new plan is…


Ariens Co. Acquires Treker UTVs

Monday, March 16, 2009

Ariens Co. officials recently announced acquisition of the Treker line of utility vehicles (UTV), attachments and accessories from the Land Pride Div. of Great Plains Mfg. Inc. Ariens will continue to sell the UTVs through Land Pride retailers as well as select power equipment retailers under the Gravely brand name. “The addition of Treker vehicles…


Stihl Sponsoring 'Tour des Trees'

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Cyclist registration is now open for the Stihl Tour des Trees, a weeklong, 500-mile, cross-country cycling event to benefit the Tree Research and Education Endowment (TREE) Fund. “The Stihl Tour des Trees is a memorable, green way to see the country and meet folks from across the nation who share interests in conservation and cycling,”…


Blount Awarded $2 Million

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

According to news reports, major chain saw bar and chain manufacturer Blount International has been awarded $2 million in damages in a patent infringement case against TriLink Global LLC and its subsidiaries TriLink Saw Chain LLC, Jinhua TriLink Huihuang Co. and Jinhua Huihuang Hardware Co. At issue was Blount’s patented design for a nose sprocket…


OPEI Objects To Ethanol Study, Proposal

Monday, March 9, 2009

The conclusions don’t match the data, says an independent researcher commissioned by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) to critique a federal report released last year by the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) concerning the impact higher percentages of ethanol in gasoline have on automobiles and small engines. Ethanol proponents have seized on the small,…


Kuczmar Now RedMax VP

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Zenoah America (RedMax) officials recently announced the promotion of Andrew Kuczmar to Vice President of the company’s Product Technical Service and Corporate Training Department. Kuczmar has been Director of Zenoah America (RedMax) Product Technical Service and Product Development since August 20, 2007. He has more than 34 years experience in the lawn and garden power…


Husqvarna Buys Tecumseh's Peerless

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

TecumsehPower Co. officials recently announced the company has sold its Peerless transmissions business to Husqvarna Outdoor Products. The Peerless division, located primarily in Salem, Ind., with limited operations in Grafton, Wis., designs and manufactures transmissions for lawn and garden power equipment OEM customers, and aftermarket parts to OEMs and central warehouse distributors. Husqvarna is not…