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July 14, 2015

Alexandria, Va. – Before a summer storm or hurricane arrives, it’s important for home and business owners to prepare for storm clean-up. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, reminds home and business owners that it’s best to get ready before a storm strikes. “The days after a storm can be dangerous for people who are trying to get things back to normal and facing extraordinary circumstances,” said Kris Kiser, President and CEO of OPEI. “Emergency preparation is so important. Getting your chainsaw ready, filling [.....]

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July 8, 2015

Alexandria, Va. – July 8, 2015 – Today the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute announces its 2015-2016 Officers and Board of Directors. The officers and new board members were chosen during the OPEI Annual Meeting, which was held June 23-25 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Officers for the 2015-2016 year are: OPEI Chair: Lee Sowell, President, Outdoor Products at Techtronic Industries Power Equipment OPEI Vice Chair: Tim Merrett, Vice President of A & T Global Platform and Turf & Utility, Deere & Company OPEI Secretary/Treasurer: Daniel Ariens, President, Ariens Company Immediate Past Chair: Paul Mullet, President, Excel Industries “I am proud [.....]

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June 10, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – June 10, 2015 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and the National Association of Landscape Professionals will hold a joint press conference at GIE+EXPO on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. in Room C105 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Reporters are invited to attend and learn about issues, developments and trends impacting outdoor power equipment markets and landscape professionals. Press conference participants will include Kris Kiser, president and CEO of OPEI, and Sabeena Hickman, president and CEO of NALP. GIE+EXPO is the ninth largest trade show in the world with more than 750 exhibitors in [.....]

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June 4, 2015

Alexandria, Va.  (June 4, 2015) – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)’s Research and Education Foundation and Scholastic announced the winners of TurfMutt’s national “Be a Backyard Superhero” contest. Each of the grand prize winners received a $5,000 grant to improve the yards and green spaces at their respective schools. The annual contest is part of the TurfMutt environmental stewardship and education program where children learn how to take care of green spaces. TurfMutt and his friends, the Outdoor Powers, inspire the lesson plans, providing a fun and creative way to teach environmental and science lessons. The cartoon-ized TurfMutt character is based on [.....]

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May 29, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — May 29, 2015 — Consumers are ill-equipped to make smart decisions about new gasoline choices entering the marketplace, such as fuel blends greater than ten percent ethanol, show two recent national polls conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). According to poll results, Americans continue to choose gasoline on price, and do not pay much attention to pump warning labels. Fuels containing greater than ten percent ethanol can damage or destroy outdoor power equipment, including lawn mowers, chain saws, generators, utility vehicles and other small engine equipment such as motorcycle, [.....]

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May 29, 2015

Gibsonia, Pa. – Organizers of the “Be a Backyard Superhero” Contest will present a $5,000 grant to Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh on June 1 to recognize local elementary student, Liam Ellis, of Sewickley, Pa. Ellis is the grand prize winner of the national “Be a Backyard Superhero” contest for grades 3-5 and attends the Academy.  ** MEDIA ADVISORY ** WHO: Organizers of the “Be a Backyard Superhero” Contest, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)’s Research and Education Foundation and Scholastic  WHAT: Check presentation ceremony for $5,000 grant to improve school green space. Kris Kiser, president and CEO of OPEI and a representative [.....]

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May 29, 2015

Trophy Club, Texas – Organizers of the “Be a Backyard Superhero” Contest will present a $5,000 grant to Samuel Beck Elementary School on June 2 to recognize local elementary student, Jordan Evans. Evans is the grand prize winner of the national “Be a Backyard Superhero” contest for grades K-2 and attends the school.  ** MEDIA ADVISORY ** WHO: Organizers of the “Be a Backyard Superhero” Contest, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)’s Research and Education Foundation and Scholastic  WHAT: Check presentation ceremony for $5,000 grant to improve school green space. Kris Kiser, president and CEO of OPEI and a representative of Scholastic [.....]

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March 19, 2015

Yards, sports fields and other mowing areas are not always flat, and consumers should exercise caution when operating lawn mowers on uneven or sloped terrain. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) issues the following safety tips to remind consumers about safe procedures when operating lawn mowers on or near slopes. “If you are using your lawn mower on a slope, it is very important that you pay attention to the terrain, be vigilant of risks and know how to fully operate your mower,” said Kris Kiser, President and CEO of OPEI. “These best practices can help lawn mower operators avoid potential [.....]

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March 16, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (March 16, 2015)—With warmer weather urging people to put away snow throwers and bring out lawn mowers, string trimmers, and other lawn and garden equipment, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) reminds consumers that equipment care, maintenance and safety is a year round activity. To operate machines safely, it’s important that equipment operators understand safety procedures and set expectations with others who use this equipment or are nearby. “Many people are eager to pull out lawn and garden equipment right now. Who wouldn’t be desperate to kick start spring this year? This winter generated colossal respect for snow [.....]

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March 12, 2015

As spring emerges and families enjoy being outside, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), issues the following safety tips about children and lawn mower safety. “Keep children off of riding mowers and out of work areas when mowers are in operation,” said Kris Kiser, President and CEO of OPEI.  “You would not allow your child to get behind the wheel of a car or run or play near a moving car. Follow this same principle when it comes to mowers.” Safety tips: Alert nearby people.Make sure the people in the area know you are going to mow. Confirm the locations [.....]

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February 17, 2015

Real-Life Rescue Dog Comes to Life in Digital Storybook & K-5 Instructional Materials Designed to Inspire Children, Families and Teachers to Sustainably Care for Green Spaces ALEXANDRIA, Va. – TurfMutt, an environmental stewardship and education program funded and managed by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s (OPEI) Research and Education Foundation, announces an expanded TurfMutt program for schools and families designed to help youth learn about science and the environment from the perspective of the backyard, community and personal green spaces they enjoy everyday while gaining an understanding of their benefits to the planet when cared for in a sustainable way. [.....]

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January 6, 2015

OPEI’s campaign cautions users to use correct gasoline when fueling up outdoor power equipment, snowmobiles, boats, motorcycles, and other small engine products   Alexandria, Va., January 6, 2015 – The Equipment Engine & Training Council (EETC) has joined forces 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 (E10) when powering their outdoor power equipment or other non-road product, such as boats, snowmobiles and motorcycles, not designed for higher ethanol fuel blends. The EETC is [.....]

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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 inspect the belts to be sure they are in good working order. If you forgot to drain the fuel [.....]

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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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October 24, 2013

–Industry’s consumer protection campaign prepares consumers for changing gas pumps and higher ethanol fuel blends– Alexandria, Va., October 23, 2013—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 a national ethanol education and consumer protection campaign, called ‘Look Before You Pump.’ The ‘Look Before You Pump’ education campaign cautions consumers that it is harmful and illegal to use higher than 10 percent ethanol gas in any outdoor power equipment, such as mowers, chain saws, snow throwers, UTVs, generators and other small engine products.  The [.....]

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October 24, 2013

–Industry’s consumer protection campaign prepares consumers for changing gas pumps and higher ethanol fuel blends– Alexandria, Va., October 24, 2013—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 a national ethanol education and consumer protection campaign, called ‘Look Before You Pump.’ The ‘Look Before You Pump’ education campaign cautions consumers that it is harmful and illegal to use higher than 10 percent ethanol gas in any outdoor power equipment, such as mowers, chain saws, snow throwers, UTVs, generators and other small engine products. The [.....]

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September 11, 2013

Below is the executive summary report for the market size study, conducted by Harris Interactive® via its QuickQuerySM online omnibus service from July 31-August 2, 2013.   Survey Methodology This survey was conducted online within the United States between from July 31-August 2, 2013 among 2,040 adults ages 18 and older by Harris Interactive on behalf of OPEI via its Quick Query omnibus product. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.   Background/Objectives Specifically, OPEI sought to learn:   What are the first things people notice [.....]

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September 11, 2013

–OPEI set to launch ethanol education and consumer protection campaign on October 23 at GIE+EXPO 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky – Alexandria, Va., September 11, 2013—A new online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), the international trade association representing 100 small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, finds that U.S. consumers are ill-prepared for the introduction of higher ethanol fuel blends. EPA has approved the introduction of some mid-level ethanol blends (E15, E30, E85) for use in a small, subset of automobiles in an effort to comply with the [.....]

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July 10, 2013

Alexandria, VA – July 10, 2012 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced its 2013-2014 Officers and Board of Directors, which was unveiled during the OPEI Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, VA June 18-20, 2013. Officers for the 2013-2014 year include: OPEI Chairman Todd Teske, Chairman, President & CEO, Briggs & Stratton Corp.; OPEI Vice Chair Paul Mullet, President, Excel Industries; and OPEI Secretary/Treasurer Lee Sowell, President – Outdoor Products, Techtronic Industries, N.A., Inc. “OPEI is entering this new fiscal year stronger than ever, both organizationally and financially,” said Kris Kiser, President and CEO of OPEI. “The OPEI Board [.....]

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June 11, 2013

Alexandria, VA – June 10, 2013 – For many years, the industry has looked to OPEI for business insight and market intelligence in the form of market reports and forecasting.  Now, OPEI has increased the frequency and breadth of its market forecasts and reporting to help its members make thoughtful and timely business decisions about growing product sectors and expanding markets. The latest OPEI reporting includes new monthly data for global golf maintenance products and select electric/battery powered outdoor power equipment. “OPEI’s market statistics reporting has really become a signature member benefit, and we are now on a path to [.....]

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May 17, 2013

– Discovery Education and OPEI will present Morgan Elementary with Grand Prize on May 24, along with a surprise visit from Lucky, the real-life rescue dog and TurfMutt spokesdog –  Alexandria, Va.  (May 17, 2013) – Discovery Education and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)’s Education Foundation today announced the Grand Prize winner and two runners-up of TurfMutt’s second annual national ‘Spruce Up Your School’ sweepstakes. The national TurfMutt program, named after Lucky, a real-life rescue dog, is a dynamic digital curriculum that encourages kids and their families to protect and foster green space in their communities, and advocates for [.....]

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March 20, 2013

–Outdoor Power Equipment Institute cautions consumers to avoid putting 15 percent ethanol fuel in any lawn and garden equipment– Alexandria, VA – March 20, 2013 – Spring has sprung, and that means the annual cleaning and preparation of lawn and garden equipment.  Whether it’s a mower, trimmer, blower, chainsaw or pruner, if it runs on gasoline, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) recommends a series of steps to avoid fuel-related problems and ensure a smooth-running engine. “Many are so eager to pull out lawn and garden equipment once spring arrives that they sometimes forget basic steps to ensure the powerhouse [.....]

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October 25, 2012

–Classrooms across the U.S. invited to enter the second annual ‘Spruce Up Your School’ Sweepstakes for a chance to win $5,000 toward better green space – Silver Spring, Md. and Alexandria, Va. (October 25, 2012) – Discovery Education and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s Education and Research Foundation today announced a series of new educational features for TurfMutt, a science-based program featuring standards-aligned curriculum, which teaches youth, grades K-5, how things grow, the value of personal and community green space and how to tend to them in a sustainable way. A redesigned website launched (TurfMutt.com) on October 23 allows TurfMutt [.....]

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October 9, 2012

Alexandria, VA – October 9, 2012 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced featured speakers from the EPA and CPSC who will be speaking on Friday, October 26, 2012, at the upcoming 2012 GIE+EXPO held at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Glenn Passavant and Philip Carlson from the EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality will be featured speakers at a 10:00 am Workshop, to be held in Room C-202. They will be speaking on topics of immediate interest and importance to the OPE industry. There will be time allowed for an open Q&A at the end of the [.....]

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October 2, 2012

Alexandria, VA – October 2, 2012 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and PLANET today announced a joint press conference at GIE+EXPO, inviting media to come learn about issues, developments and trends impacting the lawn, landscape and outdoor power equipment markets.

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September 4, 2012

Alexandria, VA – September 4, 2012 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has removed its 40 percent turf limitation in the newly published WaterSense® New Home Specification. Released on Friday, August 31, the Final Version 1.1 WaterSense New Home Specification, to become effective January 1, 2013, establishes the criteria for new homes labeled under the WaterSense program and is applicable to newly constructed single-family and multi-family homes.

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August 22, 2012

It has already been a busy Atlantic hurricane season, and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s revised predictions, even more storms are expected before the season ends on Nov. 30. Homeowners and businesses should have the proper equipment on hand and be familiar with its safe operation before a natural emergency hits.

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June 28, 2012

Alexandria, VA – June 28, 2012 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced its 2012-2013 Officers and Board of Directors during its 60th Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO June 20-22, 2012. Officers for the 2012-2013 year include: OPEI Chairman Daniel Ariens, President, Ariens Company; OPEI Vice Chairman Todd Teske, Chairman, President & CEO, Briggs & Stratton Corp.; and Secretary/Treasurer Paul Mullet, President, Excel Industries. “Our new officers will lead the organization in an important year for our industry,” said Kris Kiser, President and CEO of OPEI. “A variety of legislative, regulatory and market issues will be addressed [.....]

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June 18, 2012

Alexandria, Va. – June 18, 2012 — The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute issues a warning today that the EPA’s ruling providing their approval of the sale of 15 percent ethanol (E15) into the U.S. consumer marketplace for automobiles made since 2001, is dangerous. The government’s test results that show E15 is harmful to outdoor power equipment, boats and marine engines and other non-road engine products. The fuel used for automobiles and other engine products would have to be divided, substantially increasing the risk for misfueling, significant engine damage and consumer hazard. “For the first time in American history, fuel used [.....]

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June 15, 2012

June 15, 2012 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) advises consumers to remain alert and aware of where kids are when mowing this summer. “The best safety advice we can give is to simply keep children off of riding mowers and out of the work area while operating a mower,” said Kris Kiser, President and CEO of OPEI.  “You don’t allow a child to get behind the wheel of a car or run around a moving car, so just follow this same principle when it comes to mowers.” In time for National Safety Month, an annual observance to educate [.....]

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May 16, 2012

Alexandria, Va.  (May 16, 2012) – Discovery Education and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) announced today the Grand Prize winner and two runners up of the ‘Spruce Up Your School’ sweepstakes. The national sweepstakes is part of the TurfMutt program, a dynamic digital curriculum designed to encourage kids to protect the environment around them and foster appreciation of green space in their own communities. Ms. Mary Anne Arabia’s fifth grade class from Palomar Elementary School in Chula Vista, Calif., has been named the Grand Prize winner and will receive a $5,000 grant to create and build more green space [.....]

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May 10, 2012

Alexandria, Va. – May 10, 2012 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced that it has issued the first-ever ANSI standard for Multipurpose Off-Highway Utility Vehicles (MOHUVs) encompassing off-highway vehicles that operate between 25 to 50 miles per hour and are utilized for multi-purpose applications.

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April 17, 2012

Industry groups concerned about the effect of 15 percent ethanol (E15) on engines continue to urge the government to conduct further study, saying the  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) weak labeling effort is inadequate to protect consumers and avoid potential misfueling and damage to millions of legacy products not designed to run on any ethanol fuel higher than E10. In September 2011, members of the Engine Products Group (Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Global Automakers) filed a formal legal challenge to EPA’s “Regulation to Mitigate Misfueling” rule which was meant to address [.....]

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February 28, 2012

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced that it will commemorate its 60th anniversary at this year’s Annual Meeting to be held June 20-22 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Changes to the OPEI Annual Meeting agenda reflect the Association’s increasing commitment to broader member participation and engagement. To attend the meeting or sponsor an event function, contact Marla Popkin at mpopkin@opei.org. OPEI is also pleased to announce the addition of an Associate Member to OPEI’s Board of Directors.  An Associate Member Recognition Luncheon has been scheduled in conjunction with the Annual Meeting.  “Adding an Associate Member to the OPEI Board [.....]

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January 27, 2012

Questions and Answers on the recent announcement on Complying with the British Columbia Ministry of Environment’s (MoE) Recycling Regulation

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January 27, 2012

Alexandria, Va. – January 27, 2012 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced that it has issued a Stewardship Plan for Outdoor Power Equipment to comply with the requirements of the British Columbia Ministry of Environment’s (MoE) Recycling Regulation. To prepare for implementation in July 2012, outdoor power equipment manufacturers must immediately begin reporting estimates of their electrical-powered OPE delivered to Canada overall. For a review of the current Stewardship Plan for Outdoor Power Equipment, go to: /content/uploads/2012/02/OPEI-Stewardship-Program-October-Final.pdf For a list of common questions and answers, visit: /content/uploads/2012/02/finalqastewardship.docx Says Kris Kiser, President and CEO of OPEI, “We’ve been [.....]

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January 24, 2012

Alexandria, Va. – January 24, 2012 – This year’s winter season may be off to an uneven start, but winter storms and other natural disasters and emergencies can take homeowners by surprise anytime. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an association representing outdoor power equipment, utility vehicle and engine manufacturers and suppliers, recommends that homeowners have certain equipment on hand to cope with unexpected weather or public health emergencies. First aid emergency kits and general preparedness kits for power outages and flu outbreaks are commonplace. But, OPEI’s Kris Kiser, President and CEO, recommends that homeowners “make sure they have a [.....]

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December 8, 2011

Silver Spring, Md. and Alexandria, Va.  (December 8, 2011) – Discovery Education and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) announced their science-based TurfMutt program has expanded to meet the needs of K-5 educators across the country. The program offers classroom resources for fostering an appreciation of the environment and green spaces through investigation, activities and experiments. In addition to the new resources, educators can enter the ‘Spruce Up Your School’ Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $5,000 grant to give their school’s play area an eco-friendly makeover. Two runners up will receive “Green Packs,” complete with eco-friendly, TurfMutt-branded school [.....]

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October 28, 2011

Alexandria, Va.  – October 28, 2011 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced the completion of fuels testing on Briggs & Stratton small engines for a side-by-side evaluation of the performance, durability and emissions of ethanol and isobutanol fuel blends.  Results show that isobutanol fuel blends provided by Gevo, Inc., do not cause any irregular or unstable engine or performance issues, suggesting that isobutanol could help meet the renewable fuel mandate with minimal to no impact on existing equipment and off-road vehicles. “We are pleased with the results of isobutanol testing.  It shows us that isobutanol could be [.....]

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October 4, 2011

Alexandria, VA – October 4, 2011 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Gerry Coons as its new VP of Industry Affairs.  Mr. Coons, an engineer and MBA, is a 30-year OPE industry veteran, having most recently served as General Manager at the Husqvarna production facility in Orangeburg, S.C. As VP Industry Affairs, Mr. Coons will oversee and manage ISO and ANSI standards work and regulatory relationships with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), California Air Resources Board (CARB), Health Canada and Canadian Provincial Authorities. “OPEI is strengthening its [.....]

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September 26, 2011

Alexandria, VA – September 26, 2011 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced that it issued a new Guidance Document outlining best practices and guidelines on tamper-resistance compliance for small engines and lawn and garden products. Over the past year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiated enforcement actions that led to the seizure of small engines and lawn and garden products because of concerns that the engines were equipped with carburetors that could be illegally adjusted by repair facilities and consumers.  Such illegal tampering could potentially cause emissions in excess of the engine’s EPA-“certified configuration.”  In these [.....]

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September 21, 2011

Alexandria, Va.  – September 21, 2011 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), along with automakers and marine manufacturers, today announced a formal legal challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Regulation to Mitigate Misfueling” rule which was meant to address concerns about 15 percent ethanol blends and non-road products and older model-year vehicles. OPEI and partner groups maintain that EPA’s weak labeling effort is completely inadequate to protect consumers and avoid potential misfueling and damage to millions of legacy products not designed to run on any ethanol fuel higher than E10. “We are asking that the EPA do [.....]

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August 31, 2011

Alexandria, VA – August 31, 2011 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kris Kiser as the Institute’s next President and CEO, succeeding retiring President and CEO Bill Harley.  Mr. Kiser formerly served as the Institute’s Executive Vice President and COO. Mr. Harley stated, “The last 12 years with OPEI have been a remarkable time.  I leave with great pride in our collective accomplishments and the certainty that my successor, Kris Kiser, will not only build on those accomplishments, but also lead the organization to new heights.  I look forward to new and [.....]

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August 4, 2011

Alexandria, VA – August 4, 2011 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced its 2011-2012 Officers and Board of Directors.  OPEI is pleased to welcome Jean Hlay, President and Chief Operating Officer, MTD Products, Inc., as the first woman to serve as the Institute’s Chair of the Board and Board member. Officers for 2011-12 include: OPEI Chair Jean Hlay, President and COO, MTD Products, Inc.; OPEI Vice Chair Richard Fotsch, President of the Global Power Group, Kohler Company; and Secretary/Treasurer Dan Wilkinson, President, Jacobsen, A Textron Company. “This coming year will be a challenging, yet exciting time for [.....]

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June 14, 2011

Alexandria, VA – June 14, 2011- The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) Education and Research Foundation and Discovery Education, today announced that Ms. Deborah Icard’s fourth grade class at Cloverleaf Elementary School in Statesville, N.C., won the grand prize from the TurfMutt “Landscapes Across America” contest for a creative classroom presentation on their local environment.   The national contest challenged third to fifth grade classrooms with showcasing their school’s unique local landscape and the environmental aspects of their region that need to be protected. Ms. Icard’s class was chosen based on their presentation on how they would solve erosion and topsoil [.....]

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April 13, 2011

STATEMENT OF THE OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT INSTITUTE BEFORE THE: COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS U.S. SENATE APRIL 13, 2011 PRESENTED BY MR. KRIS KISER EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT – For Full Copy Go Here.

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March 23, 2011

Washington – March 23, 2011 – Auto, marine, motorcycle, outdoor power equipment, personal watercraft and snowmobile groups filed a petition for rulemaking today asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure the continued sale and availability of gasoline blends of no greater than 10 percent ethanol (E10) for the 400 million engine products used by tens of millions of people every day in the U.S. These products were not designed, built or warranted to run on any fuel containing more than ten percent ethanol. The groups are concerned that retailers are not prepared to offer both E10 and E15 at [.....]

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December 17, 2010

- Homeowners, lawn and landscape businesses, the forestry industry, municipalities, park services, schools and other users should avoid using E15 fuels in outdoor power equipment due to potential safety risks and performance problems- Alexandria, VA – October 13, 2010 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today advised outdoor power equipment users to be aware of new fuel coming on the market with higher levels of ethanol that could harm equipment sitting in their garages, tool sheds and maintenance buildings.  Over two hundred million pieces of outdoor power equipment could be at risk of product failure or voided warranty, including [.....]

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December 17, 2010

On December 20, 2010, the newly formed Engine Products Group comprising the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance), The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. (AIAM), the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) filed a petition challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to grant a partial waiver approving the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E-15) for 2007 model year and newer passenger cars and light trucks.

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September 1, 2010

- The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced that on August 26, 2010, in a unanimous 32-0 vote, the California State Senate adopted SB 1402, a bill that will begin to make the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) enforcement program transparent, consistent and fair. OPEI and its CERT partners applaud the legislature’s adoption of SB 1402 without a single negative vote, and now urge the Governor to sign SB 1402 into law.

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July 27, 2010

Alexandria, VA , July 27, 2010 – As early as May 2010, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted an ‘extremely active’ Atlantic hurricane season, reminding the Public that it only takes one hurricane (or tropical storm) to cause a disaster. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) urges homeowners to prepare for possible strong winds and rainfall by purchasing the right outdoor power equipment (chain saws, power generators, and other pieces of outdoor power equipment such as pole pruners or pole saws) and taking the time to read through and understand the accompanying safety manuals.

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July 15, 2010

Ethanol Could Cause Problems For Some Engines

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July 7, 2010

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) announced its 2010-11 Officers and Board of Directors during its 58th Annual Meeting in Couer D-Alene, Idaho held June 25-27, 2010.

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May 10, 2010

Alexandria, VA – September 9, 2009 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced the first phase of a new educational outreach program, developed to teach third through fifth grade students the science behind lawns’ ability to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), release oxygen, cool the air, control dust, reduce erosion and filter water.  The science-based youth curriculum includes experiments, worksheets and games for youth and a web site and blog by the program’s “spokesperson,” TurfMutt. TurfMutt is a real dog -Lucky, a once-homeless canine who turned caped crusader and is “Out to Save the Planet – One Yard at [.....]

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May 10, 2010

Alexandria, VA – August 12, 2008 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will issue Phase 3 emission standards for new nonroad* spark ignition engines later this month that will further reduce emissions and include some key requests from OPEI. Following the 1990 amendments to the federal Clean Air Act, EPA began Phase 1 of its program to regulate outdoor power equipment emissions which became effective in 1997, followed by Phase 2 in 2002 and culminating in this year’s Phase 3 regulations. Once fully implemented, the outdoor power equipment industry will have [.....]

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May 10, 2010

Alexandria, VA  – July 22, 2008 – With Hurricane Bertha kicking off the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season and the Climate Prediction Center forecasting a 65 percent chance of an above-normal hurricane season, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) encourages homeowners to prepare for strong winds and rainfall that can damage property and cause serious injury, even if an area is not on the direct path of these devastating storms. Having chain saws, power generators, and other pieces of outdoor power equipment on hand is important to recover from damage caused by a storm. “Using the right outdoor power equipment can [.....]

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May 10, 2010

Alexandria, VA – June 11, 2008 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced several high profile keynote speakers who will address national security, green research and global competition at its 56th annual meeting to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from June 19-21, 2008. OPEI is proud to welcome former U.S. Congressman Lee H. Hamilton to this year’s meeting. Mr. Hamilton is one of the foremost experts on international affairs and served by Presidential appointment on the Iraq Study Group and 9/11 commission. “As a former staff member to Congressman Hamilton, it is my great pleasure to introduce [.....]

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May 10, 2010

Alexandria, VA – June 5, 2008 – A turfgrass study conducted by Dr. Ranajit Sahu, an independent environmental and energy expert and University instructor, on behalf of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), shows that responsibly managed lawns sequester, or store, significant amounts of carbon. In fact, healthy turfgrass can capture up to four times more carbon from the air than is produced by the engine of today’s lawnmowers. The findings are based on several peer-reviewed, scientific studies and models where carbon sequestration had been measured in managed and unmanaged turfgrass. The full report is available at our page dedicated [.....]

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May 10, 2010

Alexandria, VA – May 6, 2008 – A recent Consumer Reports poll on lawn care shows that consumers are not taking all the proper precautions before mowing their lawn, according to The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). In observance of June’s National Safety Month, OPEI is issuing a list of top safety measures every consumer should make before turning on the lawnmower or edger or trimmer to avoid unintentional injury. OPEI has championed safe use of outdoor power equipment for more than 40 years and regularly provides numerous safety resources for consumers, governments and other interested parties. “As spring calls [.....]

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May 6, 2010

EPA’s National WaterSense Program, a One-Size-Fits-All for Home Landscaping, Says OPEI: Why environmentalists, home owners, home builders, naturalists, and landscape professionals should be alarmed

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April 27, 2010

Alexandria, VA – September 3, 2008 – AllSAFE members welcome EPA’s recent enforcement letter addressing the need for proper labeling, potential harm from “mid-level” ethanol in gasoline-only vehicles and engines. ALLIANCE FOR A SAFE ALTERNATIVE FUELS ENVIRONMENT

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April 15, 2010

Alexandria, VA – July 20, 2009 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) announced its 2009-10 Officers and Board of Directors during its 57th Annual Meeting in Greensboro, GA held June 25-27, 2009. Officers for 2009-10 include: OPEI Chairman Michael Hoffman, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, The Toro Company; OPEI Vice Chairman Fred Whyte, President, STIHL, Inc; and Secretary/Treasurer Jean Hlay, President and Chief Operating Officer, MTD Products, Inc. “We welcome our new officers to their leadership roles on the OPEI Board during what’s expected to be an exciting, yet challenging year for our industry,” said Kris Kiser, Executive VP at [.....]

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April 15, 2010

Alexandria, VA – April 29, 2009 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced its support of legislation from Senators Leahy and Sanders and Congressman Welch that provides consumers with a 25 percent tax credit towards the purchase of alternative energy powered lawn, garden, and forestry power equipment. According to their Congressional offices, this “tax credit to purchase clean lawn and garden equipment would give Americans a powerful incentive to operate clean, alternative energy power equipment that will reduce our dependence on imported oil.” Outdoor power equipment manufacturers currently offer a wide range of alternative energy powered equipment from [.....]

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April 15, 2010

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Inc.) Alexandria, VA – March 6, 2009 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced that it has serious concerns with a premature rush to 15 percent ethanol (E15) or other mid-level fuel blends as being suggested by pro-ethanol producers. Without a formal waiver process through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and a continued misinterpretation of test results from a recent Department of Energy (DOE) report, introducing E15 and higher fuels to the marketplace for existing equipment pose serious risks to American consumers and businesses.

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February 15, 2010

Alexandria, VA – February 15, 2010 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced that Dr. Amy Townsend-Small of University of California – Irvine (UC – Irvine) acknowledged a computation error of carbon used to maintain turf in the recently released UC-Irvine study published January 19, 2010, titled “Carbon Sequestration and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Urban Turf.”  With the error corrected, ornamental grass is in fact shown to be a net sequester of carbon even when inputs are accounted for in grass maintenance. The correction has been submitted to the American Geophysical Union (AGU) who published the paper. Upon [.....]

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December 1, 2009

Alexandria, VA – December 1, 2009 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced that it remains concerned by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) response to the Growth Energy waiver on 15 percent ethanol as it overlooks the impact on hundreds of millions of outdoor power equipment used by consumers, such as utility vehicles, lawnmowers, chainsaws, snow throwers and other affected equipment, including boats, ATVs, motorcycles and snow mobiles. “EPA’s letter basically addressed the consideration of E15 for newer automobiles, but ignores the substantial non-automobile product families and the economic and safety issues related to their use,” said Kris [.....]

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