Category: News

New Altoz, Wells Fargo Floor Plan Program

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Officials with Altoz, Inc. recently finalized an inventory financing program with Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance to offer floor plan financing to their expanding network of outdoor power equipment dealers. “The new relationship creates opportunities for Altoz due to Wells Fargo’s vast reach with outdoor power equipment dealers,” said Karl Bjorkman, Sales and Marketing Director…


OPEI Meeting Focuses On Future Business Changes

Monday, July 15, 2019

During its recent annual meeting in Park City, Utah, Outdoor Power Equipment Institute officials and attendees from its many member companies and organizations enjoyed presentations from a wide variety of authors, business consultants, economic advisers, “influencers” and others who brought a message: inescapable business changes are coming that will impact everyone, and successful businesses will…


New Rotary Sales Manager

Monday, July 15, 2019

Rotary Corp. has appointed Brad McCullough territory manager for west North Carolina, east Tennessee and southwest Virginia, according to an announcement by Mark Smith, chief sales officer. McCullough was previously a national account manager for another parts supplier and has served as a sales representative in North Carolina and Tennessee for many years. In his…


EDA Announces Webinar Series: HR Workshop Wednesdays

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

New this summer, the Equipment Dealers Assn. (EDA) will offer a webinar mini-series aimed at addressing common workplace issues. Created for dealership human resources professionals, the remaining two in the series of 30-minute workshops led by EDA’s general counsel Natalie Higgins will cover employee discipline best practices and sexual harassment prevention. Higgins, a labor and…


Morbark Appoints New Tree Care Products Manager

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Jason Showers has been appointed by Morbark to serve as the Winn, Mich.-based manufacturer’s product manager for its tree care products. Showers will serve as the subject matter expert for all matters related to Morbark’s brush chipper equipment line. With more than 20 years of hands-on experience with the brush chipper equipment line; naturally, he…


Turf Mutt Middle School Contest Winners Announced

Monday, June 17, 2019

After reviewing over 2,700 contest submissions, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s (OPEI) Research and Education Foundation and Scholastic announced the winners of TurfMutt’s national “The (Really) Great Outdoors” contest. Lauren Wu, a 6th grade student at Robert Healy School in Chicago, Ill., won the $2,500 grand prize for her essay and illustration about creating a…


Honda Sets New Guinness Record

Friday, June 14, 2019

Honda has set an all-new Guinness World Record with its Mean Mower V2, going from zero to 100 MPH in 6.29 seconds. Driven by W Series and Fast and Furious Live stunt driver Jess Hawkins, who kept the pedal to the metal to reach a top speed of 150.99 MPH. In doing so, she beat…


EETC Launches New Online Tech Exam

Friday, June 14, 2019

The Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC) is stepping up its efforts to address the critical shortage of qualified service technicians in the outdoor power equipment industry by introducing an online, non-proctored, 2-stroke engine certification test. The new test is industry recognized by 2-stroke engine equipment manufacturers Echo, Stihl, Husqvarna, and Makita, among others. “The…


New This Year: GEI+EXPO Offering Free Parking

Friday, June 14, 2019

Attendees at GIE+EXPO 2019 will now benefit from free parking at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC). Show organizers have arranged free parking for participants all three days of show, October 16-18, 2019, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. “We recognize that GIE+EXPO is an investment in each attendee’s business, and we strive to make…


Husqvarna Looking For Students To Chill With Automower

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Husqvarna is looking to give two college students the summer job opportunity of a lifetime with its Smartest Summer Job campaign. To showcase how easy it is to get a perfectly mowed lawn with Husqvarna’s Automower robotic mower, Husqvarna will select two college students to serve as Managers of Chilling, a role in which they…