Category: News

Ethanol: From E10 To E15?

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ethanol producers, ahead of the federally mandated schedule to produce 15 billion gallons of ethanol for use in U.S. vehicles by 2015, are lobbying the government to overturn the long-standing Environmental Protection Agency rule that limits ethanol/gasoline blends to 10% ethanol nationwide. Despite a recent ethanol downturn thanks to lower oil prices, officials with the…


EPA Direction Worries OEMs

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Those wondering about the different direction a new administration might take concerning engine emissions didn’t have to wait long: In his second week in office, President Barack Obama directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider letting California and other states set limits on greenhouse gases emitted by vehicles and small engine equipment. This follows…


NAEDA Accredits First 6 Power Pro Dealerships

Friday, January 23, 2009

The North American Equipment Dealers Assn. (NAEDA) recently announced six lawn and garden dealerships that have earned accreditation under NAEDA’s new Power Pro dealer program. The six small engine dealerships earned accreditation by meeting industry standards related to operational performance and customer commitment. According to Joe Dykes, NAEDA director of OPE programs, “Power Pro is…


Kawasaki Selects Stens For Canadian Distribution

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Engines and Power Products Div. of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., has announced a new distribution arrangement for Canada, effective this week. Stens, LLC, headquartered in Jasper, Ind., will become the distributor of Kawasaki-branded replacement engines and handheld power products to a network of more than 500 independent dealers in Canada. According to Rodger Howe,…


Flying Snow Keeps Snowblower Sales Soaring

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A few years ago I remember speaking with a dealership manager near Spokane, Wash., with a showroom full of snowmobiles who said he was getting out of it: There’s just not that much opportunity any more for snow-related product sales, he said. I wonder what he’s thinking now, as folks in and around Spokane dig…


Horizon Expands Kawasaki Territory

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Horizon Distributors recently expanded its product line to offer Kawasaki handheld power products to customers in Georgia and North Carolina. The addition of Kawasaki products in Georgia and North Carolina is part of Horizon’s continuous expansion of product offerings to meet the growing needs of landscape contractors. Previously, Horizon has only supplied Colorado, Texas and…


NPR: Ethanol 'Kills' Small Engines?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

“We’re happy to build new equipment for new fuels with increased ethanol but we will not sit idly by and put our customers’ safety and economic interests at risk.”—Kris Kiser, Outdoor Power Equipment Institute The small engine-ethanol issue has gone national with a recent report on U.S. National Public Radio featuring an instructor at WyoTech…


NREL Federal Ethanol Study ‘Inconclusive’

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Industry officials say the results of a federal study prepared by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the U.S. Dept. of Energy that looked at the effect ethanol blended gasoline as high as E15 and E20 has on small engines is inconclusive at best, leaves many questions unanswered and is primarily an indicator that…


Shindaiwa PowerBroom on "Cool Tools"

Friday, December 12, 2008

Shindaiwa has been chosen to showcase its versatile C4 Technology M2510 multi-purpose tool and PowerBroom attachment on the DIY Television Network show, “Cool Tools” hosted by Chris Gundy. The “Cool Tools” segment features the Shindaiwa M2510 with PowerBroom attachment in a variety of applications highlighting its tremendous time and labor-saving capabilities. The M2510 power head…


Integrity, Extra Effort Build Customer Relationships

Friday, December 12, 2008

While tightly editing a submitted piece for the January-February issue that looks at low-cost marketing strategies, taken from the recently-published “Changing the Channel: 12 Easy Ways to Make Millions for Your Business,” the following sentence from co-author MaryEllen Tribby ended up on the cutting room floor: “Strong customer relationships are built on integrity: Never promise…