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News Releases

November 12, 2014

Media Contact: Ami Neiberger-Miller Four Leaf Public Relations LLC 703-887-4877 ami@fourleafpr.com   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 12, 2014 ALEXANDRIA, Va. – According to the Farmers’ Almanac, the winter of 2014–15 will see below-normal temperatures for about three-quarters of the nation. That means snow blowers could be getting a workout this winter. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) offers the following safety tips to assist homeowners, contractors and business owners as they power up their snow removal equipment. Make sure your snow blower is in good working order, before the first flakes fall. Change the oil. Install a new spark plug and [.....]

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October 10, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – GIE+EXPO, the ninth largest trade show in the world, is gearing up for October 22-24, 2014. GIE+EXPO boasts 750 exhibitors in 500,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space and a 19-acre outdoor demonstration area and features the latest developments in the lawn, landscape, outdoor power equipment and utility vehicle industries. These speaker presentations are open to the public, free of charge, and do not require show registration to attend. One of the biggest benefits for attendees is the opportunity to hear inspiring speakers that can help them grow their businesses. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, an international [.....]

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October 7, 2014

OPEI’s campaign cautions users of snowmobiles, boats, motorcycles, small engine and outdoor power equipment to use correct fuel Alexandria, Va., October 7, 2014 – Protecting your investment in small engine products, from boats to snowmobiles, from outdoor power equipment to motorcycles, is smart equipment ownership. Now, the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) has partnered with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) in the ‘Look Before You Pump’ campaign, an ethanol education and consumer protection program. The campaign reminds consumers to always use fuels containing no greater than ten percent ethanol when powering their outdoor power equipment or other non-road product, [.....]

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July 17, 2014

Alexandria, Va. – July 17, 2014 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced its 2014-2015 Officers and Board of Directors, which was unveiled during the OPEI Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., June 17-19, 2014. Officers for the 2014-2015 year include: OPEI Chairman Paul Mullet, President, Excel Industries; OPEI Vice Chair Lee Sowell, President, Outdoor Products at Techtronic Industries, N.A., Incorporated; and OPEI Secretary/Treasurer Tim Merrett, Vice President of A & T Global Platform and Turf & Utility, Deere & Company. Immediate past chair is Todd Teske, Chairman, President& CEO at Briggs & Stratton Corporation. “OPEI is entering a [.....]

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June 11, 2014

Alexandria, Va. – June 11, 2013 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced its news conference at GIE+EXPO will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in Room C105. OPEI invites media to come learn about issues, developments and trends impacting outdoor power equipment markets. An update on the latest OPEI reporting, which now includes monthly data for global golf maintenance products and select electric/battery powered outdoor power equipment, will be given. OPEI’s president and CEO, Kris Kiser, will also discuss key fuel, regulatory and standards issues impacting dealers and small engine, utility vehicle and [.....]

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June 10, 2014

OPEI’s campaign continues to warn users of boats, motorcycles, snowmobiles, small engine and outdoor power equipment to use correct fuel   Alexandria, Va., June 10, 2014—Protecting your boat, outdoor power equipment, snow mobile, motorcycle and small engine equipment just got easier – thanks to a new partnership that reminds consumers to avoid using greater than 10 percent ethanol gas in any outdoor power equipment or other non-road product, such as boats, snowmobiles and motorcycles, with the exception of “flex-fuel” engine products. The National Marine Manufacturers Association, the leading association for the North American recreational boating industry, will distribute ‘Look Before [.....]

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June 9, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 9, 2014 PHOTOS AVAILABLE Alexandria, Va. – Far too often, people face grave safety threats after a hurricane or severe weather ends when they begin to clean-up their homes and businesses. It’s important for homeowners and businesses to have proper equipment on hand and to be familiar with safe operating procedures when an emergency hits. During National Safety Month in June, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, encourages homeowners and businesses to take stock of their power tools and [.....]

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March 25, 2014

Alexandria, Va., March 21, 2014—A new sweepstakes sponsored by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing 100 small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, has been launched on the organization’s Facebook page.  The sweepstakes, running March 21 to April 6, 2014, offers an interactive message about how to avoid misfueling outdoor power equipment, and will reward one lucky recipient with a $200 gift card for gas. Legal US residents (16 or older) are eligible to enter the Facebook sweepstakes. The winner will be informed via email on April 7, 2014.  To enter [.....]

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February 20, 2014

–OPEI’s consumer protection campaign hitting major retailer store aisles, catalogs and circulars this spring; independent dealers continue support of industry educational program–   Alexandria, Va., February 20, 2014—As consumers head to retail stores this spring to purchase mowers, chain saws, generators, blowers, trimmers, power washers, and a host of other small engine equipment, they will see an important ethanol fuel message from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing 100 small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers. The message to ‘Look Before You Pump’ will help consumers protect their outdoor power and [.....]

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January 6, 2014

Alexandria, Va., January 6, 2014—The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing 100 small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, today announced that it is ramping up its regulatory, standards and market reporting and statistics efforts to meet the unique needs of the corded electric and battery product segments. In recent months, OPEI has welcomed several new battery/electric companies to its membership, including iRobot, Positec, Stanley Black & Decker and Sunrise Global Marketing, and John Cunningham, president of the Consumer Products Group at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. recently joined the 2013-2014 OPEI [.....]

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