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July 31, 2015

The price you pay for gas may be what gets you to the pump but when it comes to choosing the right fuel for your mower or other outdoor power gear, there’s another number you should pay attention to—the ethanol content. Most gasoline now contains 10 percent ethanol (E10). But you may see higher blends such as E15, E30, E50, or even E85 percent ethanol gas. The higher blends are often cheaper than E10 but don’t be tempted to buy them for your outdoor gear as any blend with more than 10 percent ethanol can damage your small engine, costing [.....]

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July 9, 2015

On July 8, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute announced its 2015-16 officers and board of directors. The new officers and board members were chosen during the OPEI annual meeting, which was held June 23-25 in Santa Fe, N.M.  Read more from the article here.

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July 2, 2015

The other day, I saw what appeared to be a father and son mowing the lawn. The dad pushed a gasoline-powered mower. The little boy pushed a toy mower and walked right behind his dad. There’s a lot wrong with this cute image, and I’m not even mentioning that the dad was wearing flip-flops. Read more from the article here.

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June 24, 2015

Noteworthy: Liam was the winner of Scholastic TurfMutt’s national “Be a Backyard Superhero” national writing contest, sponsored by The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. His school, Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh, received a $5,000 check to improve yards and green spaces at the school. Read more from the article here.

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June 15, 2015

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) announced June 11 that they will hold a joint press conference at the Green Industry & Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO) on Thursday, Oct. 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, CAE, CMP, president and CEO of NALP, formerly known as PLANET. Read more from the article here.

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June 12, 2015

Those mowing safety tips that get pushed out every summer in a variety of popular media aren’t just for amateurs. Landscaping professionals would do well to review the fundamentals of mowing safety regularly, if only to ensure you’re ready to pass them along to employees or crew members you supervise. Read more from the article here.

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June 11, 2015

For landscape professionals, the controversy over the ethanol content of gasoline is worth keeping an eye on, especially if you’re a fan of prizefights. The knockdown, drag-out contest features two political heavyweights, big oil and big agriculture. They’ve been slugging it out in Washington for years, but the smart money says this bout isn’t likely to end – whether by knockout or even a decision – for a long time. Read more from the article here.

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June 10, 2015

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) continues to work on policy and educational initiatives to address the entry of mid-level ethanol blends, E15 or otherwise, into the U.S. general fuel supply. Our members and industry remain concerned about mis-fueling of outdoor power equipment and other products, which can result in product damage and potential safety issues. Here is an update on legislative issues and activities. Read more from the article here.

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June 10, 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. Read more from the article here.

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June 9, 2015

Consumers are ill-equipped to make smart decisions about new gasoline choices entering the marketplace, such as fuel blends greater than 10% ethanol (E10), show two recent national polls conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). Read more from the article here.

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June 9, 2015

Most Americans don’t pay attention to how much ethanol is in the gasoline they use to fill up their cars and small equipment, according to polling results released today by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. Read more from the article here.

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June 8, 2015

Aquinas Academy’s grounds will be a little greener this year, thanks to one of its students. Fourth-grader Liam Ellis won the Scholastic “Be a Backyard Super Hero” national essay contest and earned his school $5,000 to improve its green space. Read more from the article here.

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June 5, 2015

New data shows many Americans may be unwittingly shortening the lifespan of lawnmowers, and other equipment because they remain ill equipped for newer fuel options at the gas pump. Read more from the article here.

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June 5, 2015

Trading up to a lawn tractor or other riding mower can be a liberating experience for anyone who’s been pushing a mower over a half-acre or more. But with all that capability comes more ways to hurt yourself or others. An estimated 15,737 people went to the ER last year with mower related injuries and eight people died, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. These tips from the experts at Consumer Reports and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute can keep you safe. Read more from the article here.

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June 5, 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. Read more from the article here.

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June 4, 2015

Consumers are ill-equipped to make smart decisions about gasoline choices, such as fuel blends, says a recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). Americans continue to choose gasoline on price and don’t pay much attention to pump warning labels. Read more from the article here.

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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. Read more from the article here.

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June 3, 2015

Consumers are ill-equipped to make smart decisions about new gasoline choices entering the marketplace, such as fuel blends greater than 10-percent ethanol, according to two recent national polls conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). The polls revealed that Americans continue to choose gasoline based on price, and do not pay much attention to pump warning labels. Read more from the article here.

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June 3, 2015

If you are using the same unleaded regular gas in your lawn mower you are pumping into your car, you could be doing serious damage; and some unleaded gas with higher ethanol content could actually destroy your lawn equipment.  Read more from the article here.

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June 1, 2015

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) continues to work on policy and educational initiatives to address the entry of mid-level ethanol blended, E15 or otherwise, into the U.S. general fuel supply. Our members and industry remain concerned about mis-fueling of outdoor power equipment and other products, which can result in product damage and potential safety issues. Here is an update on legislative issues and activities.  Read more from the article here.

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June 1, 2015

Environmental education has gone to the dogs! Children’s publisher Scholastic has partnered with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s  (OPEI) TurfMutt program, which has taught backyard science and environmental stewardship to 38 million students, teachers and families since 2009.  Read more from the article here. 

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June 1, 2015

At the pump, Americans choose their gas based on price, and don’t pay attention to warning labels, according to a poll by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). The online poll found that 74 percent of Americans admit they are not sure if it’s legal to put high level ethanol gas into small engine products, and 63 percent just choose whatever is cheapest.  Read more from the article here.

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June 1, 2015

Consumers are ill-equipped to make smart decisions about new gasoline choices entering the marketplace, such as fuel blends greater than 10% ethanol, show two recent national polls conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI).  Read more from the article here.

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May 29, 2015

Mowing on slopes is never an easy task. All too often, landscape contractors find themselves stuck with downed equipment when first mowing slopes in the spring because they don’t consider common safety reminders. And when equipment isn’t running, the business isn’t making money.  Read more from the article here.

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May 29, 2015

With warmer weather urging people to bring out lawnmowers, string trimmers and other lawn and garden equipment, [remember] 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.  Read more from the article here.

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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.   Read more from the article here.

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May 17, 2015

Valuable opportunities abound at the 2015 GIE+EXPO (Green Industry & Equipment Expo) for lawn & landscape pros interested in improving profitability. The show is set for Oct. 22-23 in Louisville at the Kentucky Exposition Center, and registration is now open at www.gie-expo.com.  Read more from the article here.

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May 15, 2015

Gasoline retailers Kum & Go and Sheetz announced recently that they will sell E15 fuel in three new states and 125 stations, Reuters reported.   Read more from the article here.

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May 14, 2015

Opportunities abound at the 2015 GIE+EXPO (Green Industry & Equipment Expo) for lawn and landscape professionals interested in improving profitability. The show is set for Oct. 22-23 in Louisville at the Kentucky Exposition Center, and registration is now open at www.gie-expo.com.  Read more from the article here.

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May 12, 2015

Ethanol-blended fuels get a bad rap for creating wear and tear on small engines used every day by installer businesses. But is the criticism warranted?  Read more from the article here.

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May 11, 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.  Read more from the article here.

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May 9, 2015

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), issues the following safety tips about children and lawn mower safety.  Read more from the article here.

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May 5, 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.  Read more from the article here.

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May 4, 2015

Some of you may have heard of content marketing, but it may not be clear how businesses like yours can benefit from it. According to the Content Marketing Institute, “Content marketing is a marketing technique of creating and distributing valuable, relevant and consistent content to attract and acquire a clearly defined audience—with the objective of driving profitable customer action.”  Read more from the article here.

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May 3, 2015

My husband mowed our lawn for the first time this week, setting off a summer full of lawnmowers, weedeaters, and other lawn tools!  This means that it’s also time to think about our children’s safety outdoors this summer.  According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, each year 800 children are run over by riding mowers or small tractors; 75 people are killed, and 20,000 injured; one in five deaths involves a child.  You don’t want your child to be a statistic. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), issues the following safety tips about children and lawn mower safety.  Read more from [.....]

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May 1, 2015

Putting fuel into a piece of equipment used to be a fairly simple, straight-forward thing. Regular or diesel? Leaded or unleaded? Once ethanol was added to the mix, things got more complicated. Ethanol has been mixed with gasoline for many years and became more widely available to consumers in the early 2000s.  Read more from the article here.

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April 30, 2015

With a couple of notable exceptions—including Texas, Colorado, Florida and California—the biggest markets for landscaping and lawn care are in the northeastern part of the country. That’s also where the majority of the industry’s snow-removal activity takes place. This winter was a doozy, much to the chagrin of equipment dealers now looking to sell things like lawnmowers, string trimmers and leaf blowers.  Read more from the article here.

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April 29, 2015

Reprinted with permission from the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Wisconsin Business Voice Magazine. Debates about ethanol mandates get heated in a hurry. Proponents tout economic gains for corn growers, energy independence and environmental benefits. Critics charge that there’s an environmental cost to ethanol, that it drives up food prices and that shale oil has answered the energy independence question. For Wisconsin’s small engine and outdoor power equipment manufacturers, their position on ethanol really comes down to this – product quality and consumer satisfaction. Regardless of possible benefits or detractions of ethanol, industry experts say one thing is clear; high concentrations [.....]

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April 17, 2015

The reason that gas gets “stale” and can gum up power equipment engines is that it contains ethanol, which absorbs water. That water can damage the engines of non-road equipment, says Kris Kiser, of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, a trade association.  Read more from the article here.

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April 9, 2015

Put away the snowblower and tune up the lawn mower because what passes for spring these days has arrived. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute offers some tips for proper and safe operation of all the things you need to keep your yard looking marvelous.  Read more from the article here.

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April 7, 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.  Read more from the article here.

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March 24, 2015

Children in grades K-5 have the power to improve the outdoor green spaces at their schools by participating in the “Be a Backyard Superhero” essay contest with Scholastic. They can enter the contest by writing and illustrating a story. Read more from the article here.

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March 24, 2015

Scholastic and OPEI (Outdoor Power Equipment Institute), have partnered together to create lessons and activities that challenge your students and their families to begin playing an active role in the green space around their communities! This program inspires them to spend time outdoors learning backyard science, and how to play an active role in their environment. How are they encouraging this? By providing you all the tools you need to implement this program with your children, right in your own backyard! Read more from the article here.

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March 23, 2015

OPEI has issued safety tips for operating mowers on or near slopes. Yards, sports fields and other mowing areas are not always flat, so mower operators should exercise caution when on uneven or sloped terrain.  Read more from the article here.

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March 23, 2015

If early exhibit space sales are an indicator, GIE+EXPO 2015 will likely exceed 2014′s largest-ever status. Booth commitments are currently up 10% over 2014 at this time, and many returning exhibitors have significantly increased the size of their space for the annual tradeshow, which is set for October 21 to 23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.  Read more from the article here.

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March 21, 2015

Children in grades K-5 have the power to improve the outdoor green spaces at their schools by participating in the “Be a Backyard Superhero” essay contest with Scholastic. They can enter the contest by writing and illustrating a story.  Read more from the article here.

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March 20, 2015

With warmer weather urging people to put away snow throwers and bring out lawnmowers, string trimmers and other lawn and garden equipment, OPEI wants to remind 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. To help jog the memory of everyone, OPEI has a few key tips for safe operation of mowers, chain saws, trimmers and edgers, generators and other outdoor power equipment for lawn and landscape management.  Read more from the [.....]

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March 20, 2015

TurfMutt is an environmental stewardship and education program designed to help youth learn about science and the environment from the perspective of the backyard, community and personal green spaces they enjoy while gaining an understanding of their benefits to the planet when cared for in a sustainable way.  Read more from the article here.

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March 20, 2015

With the mowing season soon in full force, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) outlined some safety procedures to keep in mind when mowing on slopes and inclines. “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 mishaps.”  Read more from the article here.

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March 19, 2015

“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 throwers, and we urge people to put these prized possessions away safely so they’ll be there for them next year,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of OPEI. “You want to ready your spring equipment for the same reasons: you want the equipment available when you need it.”  Read more from the article here.

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March 18, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will resume reviewing H-2B guest-worker visa applications, the agency announced  March 17. Its premium processing service remains suspended.  Read more from the article here.

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March 17, 2015

In response to last week’s respective decisions by the U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL) and Homeland Security (DHS), the landscape sector represented by the undersigned organizations is calling for the immediate resumption of H-2B visa application processing. Many small businesses in the landscape sector, including dealers, distributors and contractors, rely on the program as a legal resource for temporary seasonal employees, and as a critical key to their businesses’ success. Read more from the article here.

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March 17, 2015

With warmer weather urging people to put away snow throwers and bring out lawn mowers, string trimmers, and other lawn and garden equipment, 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.  Read more from the article here.

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March 17, 2015

You’ll be proud of your home and property when it looks its best with a freshly cut lawn, manicured garden beds and trimmed shrubbery and bushes. The pros at the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) have some sage advice with these 8 tips to help care for, store and use outdoor power equipment. Read their suggestions (and follow them) so when you’re using outdoor power equipment you know you’re playing it safe.  Read more from the article here.

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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 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.  Read more from the article here.

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March 16, 2015

Children in grades K-5 have the power to improve the outdoor green spaces at their schools by participating in the “Be a Backyard Superhero” essay contest with Scholastic. They can enter the contest by writing and illustrating a story. The contest is part of the TurfMutt environmental stewardship and education program – where children learn they can be backyard superheroes by taking care of green spaces, inspired by TurfMutt and his friends, the Outdoor Powers. The program is funded and managed by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s (OPEI) Research and Education Foundation.  Read more from the article here.

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March 15, 2015

As temperatures climb and spring approaches, Scholastic is offering the youngest of students a chance to win $5,000 to improve outdoor green spaces at their schools through a “Be a Backyard Superhero” contest.  Read more from the article here.

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March 12, 2015

The Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security are working on an interim rule that would get the H-2B program rolling again by the end of April.  Several green industry leaders are weighing in on this potential crisis. “The Department of Labor’s decision was no small thing,” said Kris Kiser, CEO and President of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. “The H-2B program is critical to the workforce needs of many U.S. industries – including ours.”  Read more from the article here.

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March 11, 2015

Children in grades K-5 have the power to improve the outdoor green spaces at their schools by participating in the “Be a Backyard Superhero” essay contest with Scholastic. They can enter the contest by writing and illustrating a story.  Read more from the article here.

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March 11, 2015

York County students have until April 13 to enter an environmentally-themed contest through Scholastic, with a chance to win $5,000 for their school. The contest is part of the “TurfMutt” environmental education program. “TurfMutt” is a superhero dog Scholastic says helps fight off environmental villains like “Carbon Creep,” “Dr. Runoff” and “Heat Freak.”   Read more from the article here.

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March 10, 2015

As part of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s (OPEI’s) Research & Education Foundation’s TurfMutt environmental stewardship and education program, Scholastic is accepting entries for its “Be a Backyard Superhero” essay contest from children in grades K-5 through April 13.   Read more from the article here.

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March 6, 2015

Ariens Company Chairman Emeritus Michael (Mike) S. Ariens, grandson of company founder, Henry Ariens, and a leader in the power equipment industry for 55 years, passed away at his home on February 28. He was 83.   Read more from the article here.

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March 5, 2015

As a homeschooling mom of two it can seem overwhelming at times all the subjects and lessons I want to teach my kids, but then I am reminded some of the best lessons are those simple ones that stick with you for life. I feel it is vitally important for our children to understand how to take care of the spaces around them and this includes the space they have to play in outside.   Read more from the article here.

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March 2, 2015

Ariens Company today reflects on the life of 83-year-old Chairman Emeritus, Michael S. Ariens, who died at home on February 28.  Read more from the article here.

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March 2, 2015

Michael Ariens, chairman emeritus of the company his grandfather founded in 1933, died at home Saturday. Ariens was one of the longest-serving board members of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, where he held various leadership positions over his career, including chairman.

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February 26, 2015

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 every day while gaining an understanding of their benefits to the planet when cared for in a sustainable way.  Read more from the article here.

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February 25, 2015

OPEI to participate in briefing on the Renewable Fuel Standard.  Read more from the article here.

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February 18, 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., Feb. 17, 2015 – 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 [.....]

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February 18, 2015

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) announced on February 17 the expansion of TurfMutt, an environmental stewardship and education program funded and managed by OPEI’s Research and Education Foundation. TurfMutt is a 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.  Read more from the article here.

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February 18, 2015

Through its partnership with Scholastic, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s (OPEI’s) Research & Education Foundation expanded the educational material offerings of its TurfMutt program. Designed to help youth learn about science and the environment from the perspective of the backyard, community and personal green spaces, the TurfMutt environmental education program has reached 38 million students, teachers and families since 2009.  Read more from the article here.

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February 18, 2015

Students can join the adventures of real-life rescue dog Lucky and the “Outdoor Powers” in TurfMutt’s expanded educational program funded by Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and created with Scholastic. This story follows Lucky and his quest to “Save the Planet One Yard at a Time” by fighting environmental villains. The program, which includes interactive games, lesson plans and a digital storybook, is designed for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.  Read more from the article here.

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February 17, 2015

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.  Read more from the article here.

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February 12, 2015

Since its inception, TurfMutt has reached 38 million students, teachers and families with weekly readers, online activities, contests, classroom curriculum, a television PSA and a partnership with Scholastic Education.   Read more from the article here.

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February 12, 2015

 Rural Lifestyle Dealer talked with Kris Kiser, president of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, about OPEI’s stance on recent legislation (news below) to repeal the current renewable fuels standard (RFS) and the ethanol mandate. Kiser says, “We don’t necessarily support the bill that repeals the standard or want to attack the corn mandate. We don’t want to get into whether ethanol is good or bad.”  Read more from the article here.

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February 10, 2015

Spring is on its way, and soon, home and business owners will be cleaning and preparing lawn and garden equipment. “Many are so eager to pull out lawn and garden equipment once spring arrives that they sometimes forget basic steps to ensure the powerhouse of the equipment–the engine–is in good working order,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of OPEI.  Read more from the article here.

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February 10, 2015

What TurfMutt, and the many other programs we write about in this month’s cover story, does for you is this: He promotes the work that you do. TurfMutt tells people that the work you do impacts the environment in a positive way.  That dog and many other programs illustrate that the work landscapers do every day has a positive impact.  Read more from the article here.

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January 27, 2015

The Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC), an association addressing the shortage of qualified technicians in the industry, has partnered with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) in the ‘Look Before You Pump’ campaign.  Read more from the article here.

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January 27, 2015

What can expect to be seen in 2015? The following is the first of a two-part series: Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) recently surveyed several executives about the state of the OPE industry heading into 2015. Specifically, we asked the following thought-provoking questions: What should OPE dealers know about your company’s plans for 2015? What were the OPE industry’s top stories in 2014, and what do you predict they will be in 2015? What will be the OPE industry’s hottest trends in 2015? What advice do you have for OPE dealers in 2015? What is your overall outlook for the OPE industry [.....]

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January 15, 2015

Just as a person would choose a Phillips screwdriver for one type of job and a slotted for another, various landscaping jobs call for the mower that provides optimal results.  Read more from the article here.

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January 10, 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.   Read more from the article here.

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January 8, 2015

OPEI recently announced the addition of the Equipment Engine & Training Council (EETC) to its already fairly extensive list of Look Before You Pump campaign supporters and partners.  Read more from the article here.

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January 7, 2015

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.  Read more from the article here.

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January 7, 2015

We all expect to pay a price for missing deadlines — fail to pay a parking ticket on time, and you may find a warrant out for your arrest.  Read more from the article here.

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January 6, 2015

Video interview with OPEI’s Kris Kiser.  See the video here.

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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.  Read more from the article here.

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January 6, 2015

The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association Partners with OPEI and NMMA on the “Look Before You Pump” ethanol education campaign.  Read more from the article here.

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January 5, 2015

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute offers the following safety tips to assist homeowners, contractors and business owners as they power up their snow removal equipment. Read more from the article here.

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January 1, 2015

Over the past decade, Americans have gotten used to filling up their cars, trucks, and increasingly, boats, with gasoline that is “blended” with ethanol.  Read more from the article here.

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December 19, 2014

Shoveling snow can have its own hazards if you’re not in shape, but the machine you need for the fastest, most thorough clearing presents risks even for those in fine shape.  Here’s some safety advice from the experts at the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, the outdoor-gear industry’s trade group and Consumer Reports.  Read more from the article here.

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December 15, 2014

With a fair amount of snow on the ground thanks to a Nor’easter dropping slush and snow on St. Lawrence County this week, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute thought now would be a good time to deliver some tips on snow blower safety. For instance, they say that anyone using a snow blower should never place their hands inside the auger or chute. See more tips here.

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December 2, 2014

As winter weather approaches, experts at the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute are suggesting that homeowners, contractors, and business owners familiarize themselves with their snow blowers and prepare for an extremely cold (and snowy) winter. Read their suggestions here.  

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November 12, 2014

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 last winter before [.....]

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October 1, 2014

That the Environmental Protection Agency takes its job seriously has never been called into question. Its mission “to protect human health and the environment” broadly covers all of its regulatory and enforcement activities from the protection of water resources to the reduction of carbon emissions. But the agency’s latest warning about dangerous refrigerants points to the EPA’s uneven — and politically motivated — enforcement. On July 22, the EPA issued a news release saying that homeowners and refrigeration technicians should not use refrigerants labeled “22-a” or “R-22a” in existing home or auto air conditioning systems. The agency explained that it [.....]

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September 15, 2014

Gasoline containing more than 10 percent ethanol and small engines are a lot like oil and water—they just don’t mix. Outdoor power equipment commonly found on a construction site, such as portable generators and concrete saws, are designed and certified to operate using fuels containing 10 percent ethanol or less. This blended fuel is commonly referred to as E10. But as biofuels containing an ethanol ratio higher than 10 percent become more widely available for passenger vehicles on the roadways, gas stations are making these fuel options available at more pumps across the nation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has [.....]

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September 2, 2014

Keeping outdoor power- and small-engine equipment running and reliable is important for park rangers and staff at national parks. Maintenance staff relies on chainsaws to clear roads and trails so campers and hikers can reach their destinations. Utility task vehicles (UTVs) are used to haul debris and supplies, and generators provide electricity for lights and other equipment when the power fails. The staff relies on trimmers and leaf blowers to help remove debris from walkways and signage. Fueling outdoor power equipment is especially important in ensuring it is reliable and lasts for a long time. OPEI’s Kris Kiser offers several [.....]

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September 1, 2014

Hurricane season is in full swing, and if you’re in a coastal area, your property could be at risk. In the face of a storm, it’s important to prepare as best you can. Taking precautions beforehand may save you time and money after the storm makes a mess of your property. Consider these six tips to help you prepare, including advice from OPEI. Read more from the article here.

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August 21, 2014

How well your outdoor power equipment works the next time you need it could depend on how you winterize and store it. OPEI offers advice to help homeowners and business owners.  Read more from the article here.

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July 25, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Officers for the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) 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.   Read more from the article here.

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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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April 14, 2014

Spring is arriving (however belatedly in some parts of the country this year!) and it’s time for gardeners to get their tools and equipment ready for the season ahead. As you get mowers, trimmers, blowers, chain saws, and similar small engine equipment fueled up, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) reminds you to Look Before You Pump. This caution comes because at some gas stations, consumers can dispense fuel with higher than 10 percent ethanol. If this higher-ethanol fuel is put into any outdoor or garden power equipment or other non-road product, such as boats, snowmobiles, and motorcycles (with the exception of [.....]

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March 24, 2014

The gasoline most of us put into our cars and outdoor gear, with 10-percent ethanol, is available nationwide, and we pump E10 without a second thought. But a newer form of gas is good for only some cars—and a nightmare for outdoor power equipment. Nothing, in fact, warns you against filling up your mower, string trimmer, or gas can other than a little 3×3-inch warning label that competes for your attention with larger, bolder ads on the gas pump. So the outdoor power equipment trade group is waving the warning flag in Lowe’s, Walmart, and other stores. That newer form [.....]

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March 12, 2014

The gasoline most of us put into our cars and outdoor gear, with 10-percent ethanol, is available nationwide, and we pump E10 without a second thought. But a newer form of gas is good for only some cars—and a nightmare for outdoor power equipment. Nothing, in fact, warns you against filling up your mower, string trimmer, or gas can other than a little 3×3-inch warning label that competes for your attention with larger, bolder ads on the gas pump. So the outdoor power equipment trade group is waving the warning flag in Lowe’s, Walmart, and other stores. That newer form [.....]

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March 4, 2014

Mike Phillips may have been the most delighted snow-covered person in the winter-weary Washington area Monday. With the white stuff accumulating on his head and his Montgomery County driveway, the 39-year-old pharmacy rep leaned over and flipped a switch on an MTD Pro 28-inch self-propelled snowblower with electric start and halogen guide light. And he beamed.  “This is the first year I’ve been able to use it,” said Phillips, who spent the next couple of hours happily plying the $700 machine he bought four winters ago up his own driveway and those of four Olney neighbors. “Now I kind of [.....]

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February 19, 2014

The B175.1 Chainsaw Standard Addendum is currently available  for public comment — please contact  Greg Knott for more information

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January 6, 2014

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) 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. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing 100 small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, 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 [.....]

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December 17, 2013

NBC NEWS) – Before you fire up the snow-blower or anything else with a small engine, you’d better be careful what you put in the gas tank.  The Environmental Protection Agency will soon announce whether to allow even more ethanol to be mixed in with the gas used to run your car’s engine. Makers of other engines are paying close attention. Small engine manufacturers including giants like Briggs-Stratton have complained loudly about the effects of ethanol in their gas engines. The trade group representing the largely gas-powered outdoor equipment industry wants more clearly marked gas pumps. “We don’t want them choosing a [.....]

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December 9, 2013

Soon enough, you won’t just be eyeing that snowblower – you’ll need to fill it up and use it. But there’s a wrinkle users of equipment powered by small gasoline engines need to keep in mind, according to the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. More gas stations are carrying ethanol blends, and more people are putting the fuels into their cars. But many don’t know those fuels should not be used in the equipment they turn to in winter weather. “Don’t assume that the same ‘gas’ you put in your car can still go in your mower, snowblower, chain saw or [.....]

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November 22, 2013

OPEI’s Kris Kiser explains the organization’s new fuel education campaign. Launched at the 2013 GIE+EXPO, Look Before You Pump is an attempt to educate landscape contractors, dealers and consumers about the threat new, higher-ethanol fuels pose to equipment.To read more from this article, click here.

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November 20, 2013

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute unveiled the first phase of its Look Before You Pump education campaign aimed at alerting consumers to the danger of misfueling small engines with E15 gasoline. The campaign starts the conversation with dealers and landscape contractors about the fuel that can contain more than 10 percent ethanol, says Kris Kiser, OPEI’s president and CEO. The initial phase includes educational materials for dealers and contractors, who will be informed enough to talk with consumers about the available fueling options. To read more from the article click here.

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October 29, 2013

NEW YORK (CNN) – Options at the gas pump are expanding, and while you’re probably mindful of what goes in your car’s tank, here’s a heads up for those filling up leaf blowers, snow blowers and more. By now, many have put away the lawn mower, moved on to the leaf blower, and may soon tune up the snow blower. No matter which tool you’re powering up, be aware of more options at the gas station, as more ethanol gets pumped into the mix. The key to remember is the fuels marketplace is changing. We are no longer in a [.....]

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October 17, 2013

B175.2 Blowers Standard addendum now available The B175.2 Blowers Standard addendum is now available for public review — please contact Greg Knott for more information.

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October 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On Wednesday, National Journal will host a policy summit with stakeholders from both sides of the debate over whether the renewable-fuel standard should be changed. The event, “Biofuels Mandate: Defend, Reform, or Repeal,” will feature Peter Welch, Vermont’s at-large Democrat, Steve King, Republican representative from Iowa, and others as they explore whether the mandate should be revised, eliminated, or remain as is, and what the Environmental Protection Agency can and should do to respond to concerns about the policy. With a goal of weaning the nation’s cars off foreign oil, Congress created the renewable [.....]

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October 4, 2013

OPEI is offering three free and open-to-the-public educational sessions at GIE+EXPO 2013. • Virgil Huhmann, the Committee Chair of the Standard Committee for B71.10, will conduct a seminar on the just released revision of ANSI/OPEI B71.10, Standard for Gasoline Fuel Systems – Performance Specifications and Test Procedures. Where/When: Thursday, 8:00 am in Room C202. • Jay Howell, CPSC Deputy Executive Director, Safety Operations will provide a presentation on CPSC related topics of interest to the Outdoor Power Equipment Industry. He will also speak to general trends and projects likely to be initiated in the next few years by CPSC that [.....]

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September 16, 2013

E15, which is a blend of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline, is only compatible with cars newer than the 2001 model year, although some automobile manufacturers state that E15 does not comply with the fuel requirements specified in their owner’s manuals. Additionally, E15 is not safe for small-engine powered lawn equipment. Nonetheless, E15 is coming. “As of right now (September 1, 2013) there are more than 30 stations offering E15 in nine states,” says Robert White, director of market development for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). Those states are Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and North [.....]

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September 12, 2013

Consumers in the United States may not be ready when it comes to using higher ethanol fuel blends. In an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive for OPEI, Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, one of the key findings showed that the majority of Americans are “not sure at all” if it is illegal or legal to put high level ethanol gas into engines. The EPA, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, has introduced mid-level ethanol blends, including E15, E30 and E85, for use in small automobiles to comply with the federal renewable fuel mandate. “The problem is that these higher ethanol [.....]

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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. — 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 federal [.....]

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July 31, 2013

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) announces the 2013-2014 officers and directors, and welcomes two new board members. 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 reflects the impressive scope and breadth of our membership. Our membership is at a record high, representing small [.....]

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July 18, 2013

Dallas is a city of lawns in a nation of lawns. Americans maintain more than 40 million acres of turf, according to Duke University’s dean of the Nicolas School of the Environment. The vast majority of us maintain lawns and shrubs with outdoor power equipment, maybe without realizing that we are dealing with dangerous machinery. For one thing, gasoline-fueled power equipment emits carbon monoxide and should never be used in a closed-in area. For another, safe repair and maintenance on power equipment depends on letting the equipment completely cool first. Jeff Linderman, RepairClinic.com’s on-staff landscaping expert, warns: “Check the oil [.....]

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July 12, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) announced its 2013-2014 Officers and Board of Directors, which was unveiled during the OPEI Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, Va. June 18-20. Officers for the 2013-2014 year include: OPEI Chairman Todd Teske, chairman, president and 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.  Read more from the article here.

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June 11, 2013

or many years, the industry has looked to the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (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.  Read more from the article here.

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May 24, 2013

On May 17, Discovery Education and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)’s Education Foundation 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 animal rescue and adoption initiatives. The TurfMutt curriculum has reached more than one million students across the country, and is featured on the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Education, Department of Energy and the Center for Green Schools at USGBC websites. Kim Davidson, a teacher [.....]

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May 8, 2013

E15 fuel has been certified for sale in the United States and is slowly beginning to show up at filling stations. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know about this new fuel option. What is E15 and why should I care? E15 is shorthand for gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol. The reason it’s a big deal is that ethanol is fairly corrosive to rubber and certain metals, so it can cause damage to vital components. Read more from the article here.

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April 11, 2013

Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jim Costa (D-CA), Steve Womack (R-AR), and Peter Welch (D-VT) released the following statement on April 10, regarding the introduction of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Reform Act in the U.S. House of Representatives: “The RFS debate is no longer just a debate about fuel or food. It is also a debate about jobs, small business, and economic growth. The federal government’s creation of an artificial market for the ethanol industry has quite frankly triggered a domino effect that is hurting American consumers, energy producers, livestock producers, food manufacturers, and retailers. The broad coalition of organizations supporting this legislation echo [.....]

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March 28, 2013

A fight over increasing the amount of ethanol in gasoline has heated up with a trade group representing Wisconsin’s small-engine makers filing a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court. The Engine Products Group, representing automobile manufacturers, small-engine makers, and marine-engine companies, has challenged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to allow the sale of gasoline containing 15% ethanol for newer cars and trucks. Advocates say raising the amount of ethanol in gasoline from the current 10% blend to 15% reduces the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, lowers the price of fuel and is good for the environment.  Read more from [.....]

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March 26, 2013

A Department of Energy study found that gasoline with 15 percent ethanol (E15) caused hotter operating temperatures, erratic running, and engine-part failure on smaller engines. Findings also revealed that gas with only 10 percent ethanol (E10) can help destroy engines. Ethanol is an alcohol-based fuel made by fermenting and distilling starch crops, such as corn. It can also be made from “cellulosic biomass,” such as trees and grasses.  Read more from the article here.

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March 20, 2013

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 of the equipment—the engine—is in good working order,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of OPEI. “One challenge is that most fuel contains some level of ethanol, which contains corrosive alcohol, so you want to make sure that fuel does not sit in the [.....]

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March 4, 2013

Entertaining at GIE+EXPO on Wednesday night, Oct. 23, legendary music icons Three Dog Night claim some of the most astonishing chart statistics in popular music. They will perform free at 4th Street Live! in downtown Louisville on the Nissan Commercial stage as the opening concert for the Green Industry & Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO). GIE+EXPO will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The 2013 dates are Wednesday, Oct. 23, Dealer Day; Oct. 24-25, all industry participants. Read more from the article here.

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February 26, 2013

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) Foundation and Discovery Education have come together to celebrate and help animals. TurfMutt’s “Paw it Forward” Sweepstakes will be from Feb. 18 to March 11, and individuals can enter to win a $250 donation to a local animal shelter for cats, dogs, etc. to find a forever family. Two winners will receive a $250 donation and an eco-friendly TurfMutt backpack full of school supplies. Click here to enter. Those 16 years of age and older can enter. Read more from the article here.

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February 22, 2013

From February 18 – March 11, you can enter the TurfMutt sweepstakes to win a $250 donation to your local animal shelter and help dogs (cats and other critters) find a forever family. Two winners receive a $250 donation and an eco-friendly TurfMutt backpack with school supplies.  Read more from the article here.

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February 21, 2013

Recent industry surveys have turned up a long list of challenges that dealers are facing: low profit margins, cash flow, weather, competition from online and retail outlets, finding qualified help, increased operating costs, where to spend advertising dollars, pressure from manufacturer/supplier partners, service pricing and more. To address many of these pressing issues, outdoor power equipment dealership consultant Bob Clements has crafted a seminar program for the 2013 Green Industry & Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO), which will take place at Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center Wednesday, Oct. 23, through Friday, Oct. 25.   Read more from the article here. 

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February 19, 2013

Until March 11, you can enter the TurfMutt sweepstakes to win a $250 donation to your local animal shelter and help dogs (cats and other critters) find a forever family. Two winners receive a $250 donation and an eco-friendly TurfMutt backpack with school supplies. Click here to enter.   Read more from the article here.  

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February 14, 2013

E15 fuel has been certified for sale in the United States and is slowly beginning to show up at filling stations. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know about this new fuel option. What is E15 and why should I care? E15 is shorthand for gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol. The reason it’s a big deal is that ethanol is fairly corrosive to rubber and certain metals, so it can cause damage to vital components. Ethanol also attracts and bonds with water from the air, and that water can separate out inside the tank due to phase separation. If [.....]

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February 14, 2013

Leading engine manufacturers, including Kohler Engines, are warning users of all gasoline-powered lawn mowers and other outdoor power equipment to be vigilant when fueling their equipment. Gasoline blends containing more than 10-percent ethanol — such as E15 and E85 –should not be used. These blends, which are already available in several states, can cause permanent and irreversible damage that is not covered under warranty. Situation overview: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently gave approval for gas stations to start selling 15-percent ethanol-blended fuel (E15). E15 gas is now legal for use in cars, pickups and SUVs manufactured since 2001. However, [.....]

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February 11, 2013

Many in the small-business community fear that the next four years will usher in an onslaught of new regulations, several of which could have a negative impact on small businesses. Case in point: Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations, sponsored by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, predicts that some 4,128 new regulations are “in the pipeline” and could be enacted over the next four years. These potential new regulations apply to a wide range of activities, many of which would either directly or indirectly affect the Green Industry. Examples include: Read more from the article here.

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January 31, 2013

Outdoor Power Equipment recently took the pulse of the OPE industry by asking several of its leaders to share their thoughts. Specifically, we asked the following thought-provoking questions: What should OPE dealers know about your company/organization heading into 2013? What was the OPE industry’s top story in 2012, and what will it be in 2013? How will the outcome of the recent federal elections impact OPE dealers and the rest of the industry? What are your biggest concerns about the OPE industry, and how should they be addressed? What will be the top trends in the OPE industry in 2013? What [.....]

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January 30, 2013

I read with interest the story about Maine eyeing to ban fuel with more than 10 percent ethanol in the Jan. 11 article     “Maine DEP working on plan to ban gas blends with more than 10 percent ethanol.” Hats off to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and hopefully Maine lawmakers in their quest to ensure consumer safety.  As the head of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, an organization that has been battling the introduction of higher ethanol blend fuels for several years, Maine’s effort to protect consumers from the risky and harmful effects of ethanol 15’s use should [.....]

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January 25, 2013

OPEI’s quarterly summary of issues and activities is now available. Read the report here. 

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January 17, 2013

Responding to a federal appeals court decision on higher levels of ethanol fuel (E15), Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) — an international trade association representing more than 84 small-engine, utility vehicle and OPE manufacturers and suppliers worldwide — issued the following statement on Jan. 16: Read more from this article here.

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January 16, 2013

We just received word that the federal appeals court refused to reconsider a decision to throw out a lawsuit challenging an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that allows higher concentrations of corn-based ethanol in gasoline.

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January 10, 2013

A slow rumble across the convention-hall floor during this week’s annual Green Industry and Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO) wasn’t coming from the outdoor gear being demonstrated behind the Kentucky Expo Center, at the show’s 19-acre outdoor area. Rather, it was from news that some gas stations in Iowa, Kansas and Wisconsin had begun selling gasoline with 15 percent ethanol, or E15. We talked to Kris Kiser, President and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, but the subject came up in conversations with every manufacturer we met.  Read more from this article here.    

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November 5, 2012

The green industry’s spokesdog is catching on, and the science curriculum is being used by 1 million students.

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October 17, 2012

Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) President Kris Kiser talks about the business of equipment and how government regulations may affect their future. OPEI is an international trade association representing 84 manufacturers and their suppliers of consumer and commercial outdoor power equipment, such as lawnmowers, utility vehicles, trimmers, chainsaws, snow throwers, and other related products. The institute was founded in 1952, and is dedicated to promoting the outdoor power equipment industry by undertaking activities that can be pursued more effectively by an association than by individual companies. OPEI is also a managing partner of GIE+EXPO, the industry’s annual international trade show [.....]

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October 16, 2012

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) announced featured speakers from the EPA and CPSC who will be speaking on Friday, Oct. 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 a.m. 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 presentation.  Read more from this article here.

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October 10, 2012

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) announced Oct. 9 the featured speakers for presentations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) at the Green Industry & Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO), which is set to take place Wednesday, Oct. 24, through Friday, Oct. 26, at Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center. Both presentations will be free for GIE+EXPO attendees (with no registration required), and both will be held Friday. Glenn Passavant and Philip Carlson from the EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality will be the featured speakers at a 10 a.m. workshop to be held in Room [.....]

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September 5, 2012

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has removed its 40 percent turf limitation in the newly published WaterSense New Home Specification. Released on 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. In the early stages, EPA released a New Home Specification draft with restrictions on the amount of turf grass that could be used nationwide on new home sites (40 percent grass use on [.....]

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August 24, 2012

On Friday August 17th, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“D.C. Circuit”) denied petitions for review filed by a number of industry groups on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA’s”) approval of the introduction of gasoline with 15% ethanol (E15) in 2001 and newer model year automobiles. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) says it is deeply disappointed by the decision, but is heartened by the dissenting opinion of Judge Kavanaugh who wrote in his strong dissent, that “In granting the E15 partial waiver, EPA ran roughshod over the relevant statutory limits.” This premise [.....]

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August 24, 2012

NAEDA would like to congratulate the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, (OPEI to a number of us) on their 60th anniversary. According to Kris Kiser, President and CEO, “After 60 years, OPEI is stronger than ever, fiscally sound and ready to tackle the foreseen – and unforeseen – challenges ahead. We will do this through our adaptability, member participation and making our organization a relevant and trusted partner.” NAEDA’s Industry Relations Task Force met with the OPEI board of directors at their annual meeting on June 20, 2012 Read more from the article here.

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June 29, 2012

Total Landscape Care interviews Kris Kiser,  President of OPEI, regarding efforts to stop the use of E15 ethanol fuel, what you need to know and why it’s important to act.  Watch the interview here.  

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June 19, 2012

The fight over E15 is not over yet. The Environmental Protection Agency has given the approval for retailers to sell 15% ethanol blended fuel. The fuel we purchase at most gas stations around the country today already has 10% ethanol mixed in. The EPA and other supporters of the plan have wanted to add an additional 5% ethanol to the fuel mix for cars built after 2001. “Today, the last significant federal hurdle has been cleared to allow consumers to buy fuel containing up to 15 percent ethanol (E15),” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “This gets us one step closer [.....]

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May 23, 2012

May 23, 2012 – Wanting to spark her students’ curiosity about the environment and deciding her school’s playground desperately needed a makeover, Palomar Elementary School teacher Mary Anne Arabia took one step in the hopes of accomplishing both goals. She entered a sweepstakes contest — and won. Arabia and her fifth grade class were named the grand prize winners of the national “Spruce Up Your School” sweepstakes, receiving a $5,000 grant to be used toward the greening of their play areas. Discovery Education and Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) presented Arabia and Palomar Elementary with a check earlier this month [.....]

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May 22, 2012

Small off-road engines, or SORE for short. That simple term belies the sheer enormity of the equipment that the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) represents. As a matter of fact, at its 60-year anniversary mark, OPEI has become the international voice for a multibillion-dollar engine (SORE), utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturing industry and its suppliers. Today, OPEI’s membership is diverse to say the least. Although largely associated with lawn and landscape, the OPEI membership makes equipment that takes care of lawns, forests, public spaces and medians; is critical to fire and rescue operations; provides a portable power source [.....]

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April 24, 2012

The door has been opened for E15, fuel containing 15% ethanol, to make its way to the marketplace as early as this summer. Lawn equipment operators and their servicing dealers must remain diligent and work together in order to avoid potential equipment problems as a result. According to the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), small engine-powered equipment is not designed to run on anything greater than E10. Improperly filling your lawn equipment with E15 could result in irreversible engine damage, in addition to exposing operators to a variety of safety risks. The EPA has approved the first round of applications [.....]

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April 20, 2012

Sunday was ‘Earth Day’ and FOX 5 in Washington DC visited with a group of volunteers participating in PLANET’s day of service, as well as a visit from Lucky, aka TurfMutt, and OPEI’s President, Kris Kiser. http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/mornings/holly_live/holly-morris-earth-day-of-service-042012  

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April 14, 2012

A biofuel that will be produced commercially in Minnesota is turning out to have major advantages over ethanol, especially for engines that can’t burn that fuel at higher concentrations. Scientists who have studied isobutanol, an alcohol fuel made from corn and soon to be manufactured in Luverne, Minn., say it can be easily blended with gasoline at up to 16 percent, packs more energy than ethanol and doesn’t appear to damage the engines of older cars, boats and lawn equipment. “Isobutanol is a good fuel, and a lot of engines can burn it without problems,” said James Szybist, a researcher [.....]

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March 2, 2012

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) will commemorate its 60th anniversary at this year’s Annual Meeting to be held June 20-22 in Colorado Springs, Colo.  Changes to the OPEI Annual Meeting agenda reflect the association’s increasing commitment to broader member participation and engagement. OPEI also 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 recognizes their importance within our organization,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of OPEI. “Associate members play an instrumental role in [.....]

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January 27, 2012

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) has sent an urgent notice for U.S. power equipment manufacturers to comply with the British Columbia Ministry of Environment’s (MoE) Recycling Regulation. Manufacturers will need to report estimates on Canadian sales of electrical-powered equipment by January 31, 2012. As part of the notice, OPEI announced a Stewardship Plan for Outdoor Power Equipment to comply with the requirements of the British Columbia (MoE) Recycling Regulation, which is being implemented 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 [.....]

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November 3, 2011

Tests recently conducted by Briggs & Stratton Corp. to evaluate the effects of isobutanol on small engines suggest that it can be used in those engines without any of the problems associated with ethanol-blended fuel. Tests were conducted on three small engines using gasoline containing 12.5 percent isobutanol provided by Gevo Inc. The results showed no engine or performance issues, maintained horsepower and torque levels and an equivalent or better performance than E10 at temperatures ranging from 40 degrees to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It was also noted that because isobutanol does not attract water like ethanol, it would have fewer [.....]

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October 28, 2011

Kris Kiser of OPEI highlights why green industry professionals should attend GIE+EXPO and his association’s initiatives.

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October 26, 2011

This week comes the annual Green Industry and Equipment Expo (GIE+Expo), a trade show for outdoor power equipment and related products, which starts Thursday in Louisville. We’ll be previewing interesting products on display at the three-day show, which is a joint effort of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Professional Grounds Management Society, and Professional Landcare Network (or PLANET). We also hope, given the show’s 19-acre outdoor demo area, to get our hands on some of the outdoor gear we’ll be testing over the coming year. Among the companies we’ll be meeting with are Ariens, Honda, MTD (maker of Cub Cadet, [.....]

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October 5, 2011

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) has 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 cases, EPA determined that the carburetors were equipped with inadequate “tamper-resistant” [.....]

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October 1, 2011

Kris Kiser assumes leadership of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) at the most challenging period in its 59-year history. This self-described “country kid from southern Indiana” admits that, as the recently appointed OPEI president and CEO, he and the association face incredible challenges. Nevertheless, he’s confident (more importantly, so is the OPEI board) that he’s got the skills to guide the OPEI in meeting them head on. He brings unique managerial and political experience to the task. While memories of his Hoosier childhood and adolescence in Seymour, Ind., remain vivid and warm, most of Kiser’s adult life and career [.....]

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September 28, 2011

Alex Iwashyna didn’t realize how many of her neighbors in Richmond, Va., had backup generators until her own family bought one in the dark days after Hurricane Irene. As she endured the drone of a combustion engine in her backyard, she noticed the same steady noise from neighbors’ homes. “I mean we joke about preparing for the apocalypse and stuff,” Iwashyna said. “We’ve had an earthquake, a hurricane and a wildfire in Virginia … it would have never occurred to me to get one until we lost power for that amount of time.” Homeowners around the nation have endured a [.....]

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September 23, 2011

The long and winding road toward E15 at the pump took another turn this week as the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) 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% ethanol blends and non-road products and older model year vehicles. OPEI and automakers and marine manufacturer trade groups, maintain that EPA’s 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 [.....]

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July 6, 2011

Alexandria, VA – July 6, 2011 – Lawns and landscapes can take a beating in the summer as temperatures heat up for long periods of time. And, in some areas of the country, drought conditions add to the stress hot weather puts on plants in yards and other recreational areas. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute has issued several, simple steps to keep grass, gardens, other plants and shrubs in good shape over the summer as families weather the “dog days” of summer. “The most important decision in any yard or landscape is to place the right plant in the right [.....]

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March 28, 2011

Briggs & Stratton Co. and other engine manufacturers want the government to ensure that current grades of gasoline will remain available when fuel with a higher ethanol content – which could damage engines – is introduced as soon as this summer. The manufacturers, represented by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and 11 other trade groups, have petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to require the continued availability of gasoline with no more than 10% ethanol content. Ethanol is a fuel additive made from corn. The EPA has approved a 15% blend for newer-model vehicles that could be available this summer, according [.....]

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