Category: News

AES to Distribute Tanaka in Midwest

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tanaka Power Equipment, a brand within the Hitachi Power Tools Group, announced that it has selected AES LawnParts to become the new Tanaka wholesale distributor for Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico, and Southern Illinois.  Located in the Kansas City metro area, AES has years of industry experience and has received multiple Shindaiwa Samurai Sword…

Walker Begins 6 Week Shutdown

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Walker Manufacturing began a six-week shutdown in early July, three weeks longer than the company’s usual summer shutdown thanks to the ongoing economic recession. More than 140 employees are affected. This follows a three-week shutdown this past April that included Walker laying off 10% of its work force. The company has also implemented a hiring…

Stihl Names Mfg. Engineering Manager

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Stihl Inc. has announced the appointment of Matthias Wolf to the position of manager of manufacturing engineering. In his new role, Wolf will be responsible for providing and implementing manufacturing methodology, controlling tool and equipment designs and specifications, and estimating and relating engineering data to achieve the most economical manufacture of parts and products. Wolf…

ARI Now Carrying Tecumseh Info

Monday, July 6, 2009

Certified Parts Corp. (CPC), Janesville, WI and ARI recently  reached a formal agreement under which TecumsehPowe’s small engine product line will be available on ARI’s popular PartSmart parts lookup system. Certified Parts Corp. acquired the rights to the TecumsehPower Co.’s engine business in February, 2009. Under the new agreement, CPC will provide ARI with the…

Christmas Decor Joins Project EverGreen

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Christmas Decor’s “Decorated Family Program” and Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops program are teaming up this year in a joint effort to raise money and create awareness for the “Buck it Up” program. “Buck it Up” is a fundraising initiative which creates scholarships for military family members seeking a career in the horticulture industry, increases…

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…