Category: News

Lawn Mowing News of the Weird

Friday, June 26, 2009

It’s that time of the year again, mower fans: Grass is growing and the sun’s hot, leading some to lose their cool around their mowers: Mower DUIs—In Virginia, one Glenn Bowers, driving a beat-up Craftsman riding mower, was pulled over in downtown Waynesboro, while pulling a dog named after the Flintstones character Kazoo the Martian…

Downturn Impacts Major Suppliers

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Times are tough all over, as most dealers will agree, with some of industry’s top suppliers making tough decisions in poor markets. Following are news items taken from a recent edition of OPEESA’s OPE-In-The-Know on-line newsletter, one of industry’s top news sources, showing how top suppliers are being affected by the economic downturn:

GIE+EXPO Adds Value in 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

GIE+EXPO has launched a new, enhanced website that includes an online directory of exhibitors. A standard listing is free to all exhibitors, and three other listing options are available to exhibitors and vary in price. Some new features of the various levels will include enhanced company profiles, company logos, trackable hyperlinks to websites, new product…

Husqvarna to Develop Electric Mower

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Husqvarna has developed a quiet, powerful and environmentally friendly ride-on mower for the future garden. The concept mower is made of recycled materials and gives an indication how the future of mowing might come to look. Husqvarna Panthera Leo is a hybrid made up of two ride-on mowers, Rider and Zero-Turn. A battery that can…

Mantis, NGA Launch Awards Program

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mantis and the National Gardening Assn. (NGA) are once again offering awards to charitable and educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life in their host communities. Any organization that has or wishes to create a community or youth garden is eligible to apply. In Spring 2010, 25 of these programs will receive a…

Dealers Choice at GIE+EXPO

Monday, June 22, 2009

The fourth PET Dealers Choice Awards promise more excitement this year at GIE+EXPO 2009, where dealers will vote on the show’s top new products submitted to Power Equipment Trade. This year’s awards will also feature on-line voting that will open in mid September and giveaways for both on-line and on-site Dealers Choice Awards voters. The…

Lucky Distributing Carrying Ardisam

Monday, June 22, 2009

Ardisam Inc. of Cumberland, Wis., manufacturer of Earthquake power equipment and Cumberland Stove Works since 1960, has announced an agreement with Lucky Distributing, Portland Ore., to distribute Ardisam products on the West Coast. Lucky Distributing is part of a successful, 50-year-old, family-owned business. Lucky has grown significantly over the years and has four divisions: Outdoor…

Maruyama Chooses Tidewater Power

Monday, June 22, 2009

Maruyama U.S. Inc., Denton, Tex., has chosen Tidewater Power Equipment Co., Virginia Beach, Va., as distributor of its full line of professional power equipment products. Tidewater Power will distribute Maruyama products in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and central and eastern Tennessee. Tidewater Power has a proven track record of over…

Kymco Partners with Progressive

Sunday, June 21, 2009

KYMCO USA, Spartanburg, S.C., a longtime provider of fuel-efficient scooters, motorcycles and ATVs, has announced an agreement with Progressive Insurance. Under the agreement KYMCO dealers will now be able to get insurance for new customers with a phone call or at the web site. “This partnership with Progressive is a win-win for both dealers and…

OPEAA Announces Nelson Scholarships

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Outdoor Power Equipment Aftermarket Assn. has announced that its Bill Nelson Scholarship Endowment has awarded two 2009 scholarships, each in the amount of $1,500. The recipients are Jessica Andrews of Mesa, Ariz., and Emily Fountain of Glennville, Ga. Jessica Andrews is currently attending Arizona State University, where she is pursuing a degree in journalism…