Category: News

KYMCO Offering Online Sales Training

Monday, June 8, 2009

KYMCO USA has announced a new on-line sales training program offered to all KYMCO dealers, with incentives that include a free scooter for the first 25 dealers who have two salespeople successfully complete the course. “It is well known that companies willing to invest during tough times usually come back even stronger when the economy…


SBA To Offer Floor Plan Loans

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The U.S. Small Business Administration is now offering government guaranteed loans to finance inventory for eligible auto, recreational vehicle, boat and other dealerships under a new pilot program announced by SBA Administrator Karen Mills. Dealer Floor Plan (DFP) financing will be available beginning July 1. Under the DFP pilot program, the SBA will provide loan…


OPEI Supports Tax Credit

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) has announced its support of legislation from U.S. Senators Leahy and Sanders and Rep. Welch that provides consumers with a 25% tax credit towards the purchase of alternative energy powered lawn, garden, and forestry power equipment. According to the Leahy, Sanders and Welch offices, this “tax credit to purchase…


Husqvarna 'Integrates' RedMax

Monday, April 20, 2009

Husqvarna announced that effective May 1, 2009, its RedMax organization will become part of Husqvarna Professional Products, Inc., which will include all of Husqvarna’s professional products brands (Husqvarna, RedMax, Yazoo Kees, Dixon and BlueBird).  The integration of RedMax will create additional operational efficiencies for Husqvarna and create value for its customers through improved customer support…


Positec Partners With IDN Group

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Positec USA has announced a partnership with Integrated Distributors Network (IDN) to sell Worx lawn and garden power equipment nationally through independent service dealers. The Worx brand includes a full line of corded and cordless lawnmowers, grass trimmers, edgers, hedge trimmers and blowers. Known for its innovative electric product designs, Worx is launching the first…


GIE+EXPO Dealer Experience Details

Monday, April 13, 2009

The GIE+EXPO Dealer Experience, sponsored by Stihl Inc. and the Ariens Co. and hosted by the North American Equipment Dealers Assn. (NAEDA) and Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), returns to GIE+EXPO 2009 and offers many benefits to dealers of all sizes. GIE+EXPO is set for October 29-31 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The Dealer Experience…


Senators Introduce Ethanol Bill

Monday, April 6, 2009

U.S. Senator Susan Collins has introduced legislation to expand the current federal ethanol research and development program to include efforts to make biofuels more compatible for use in small-non road engines. Senator Collins introduced the legislation along with Senator Mark Udall (D-CO). Specifically, the legislation would amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007…


CPSC Calls for ATV Exemption

Monday, April 6, 2009

Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Nancy Nord is calling for a 12-month stay of the Consumer Product Safety Improvements Act (CPSIA), which would allow banned youth ATVs and motorcycles to be once again sold in dealership showrooms. For this to happen, however, the commission’s other commissioner, Thomas Moore, would have to support this move. “During…


Stens Donates Ambulance

Friday, April 3, 2009

It was the spring of 2008 when a vendor approached Stens with a request to donate an ambulance to Mercy & Sharing, an organization dedicated to helping feed, educate, and medically care for children and widows in Haiti.  “The request was a bit of a surprise to be honest,” says Peter Ariens, president of Stens,…


Rhino Repairs Hit Thousands

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The embattled Yamaha Rhino—subject of a Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) investigation, the product made an example of in a 2008 Wall Street Journal article about growing UTV regulation and a target for many trial lawyers—is now part of a 120,000 unit free repair program to address safety issues for about 120,000 Rhino model 450…