February 2019

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COVER STORY

Sea Breeze Steps Up For Panama City

In May 2018, the Chaillou family’s dealership Sea Breeze Small Engine opened for business. Just six months later Hurricane Michael rips through Panama City. Two days later the dealership reopened to help supply equipment to those in devastated areas.

“It’s been a whirlwind,” Crystal Chaillou says. “We were almost to functioning normally, when the hurricane happened and then everything was turned upside down.”

Article by Jessica Johnson, Managing Editor, Power Equipment Trade

POWERlines: EPA, Trump Making E15 A Reality?

The Environmental Protection Agency will complete a proposal to expand sales of higher ethanol blends of gasoline in time for summer, despite delays from the partial government shutdown that pressed into late January and the required 45-day comment period on any proposed rule. Article by Jessica Johnson, Managing Editor, Power Equipment Trade

POWERsuppliers

Owner of J.R.’s Lawnmower Shop Receives Employer Award; Kubota Announces New President & CEO; Kohler Engines Expands Distributor Territory; Textron Ceases Production of Dixie Chopper; Diamond Mowers Acquires ArborWolf; Honda Seeking Vehicle Partners; Echo, Minor League Baseball Announce Partnership; Equipment Dealers Association Offering Workforce Development Toolkit; Equipment & Engine Training Council Set for 2019 Annual Conference

WINTERproducts

Ariens RapidTrak Sno-Thro; Rotary Parts, Accessories; Toro Power Max HD Commercial; SnowEx UTV Straight Blade Plow

This Winter, Dealers Gear Up for 2019

This issue offers a quick look at winter activities at dealerships in Wisconsin, Alabama, and Arizona. Winter means different things to different lawn and garden dealers, though all share a need to find products and services that sell in the fall-winter months when the grass isn’t growing.

SHOWroom

  • FEATUREproduct - Masport Contractor 21 in. Self-Propelled Mower
  • ENGINES - Briggs Anti-Vibration System; Honda iGX800/iGXV800
  • HANDHELD – Husqvarna New Generation Saws; Stihl FSA 130 R Trimmer
  • PARTS & ACCESSORIES - Rotary Copperhead Mower Blades
  • WHEELED EQUIPMENT - Billy Goat Stand-On Blower
  • PETcetera

    Why You Aren’t Using Digital Ads

    DEALER to dealer: It Is A New Year: Are You Optimistic?

    2019 – how do you react to that number? Are you brimming with hope and optimism? Sam Stearns, owner and operator of Mr. Mower Man, Scottsburg, Indiana, offers up a few ideas he will try in 2019. Some of which could enhance your own business this year.