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OPEI WELCOMES MICHAEL ROSS AS DIRECTOR OF STANDARDS – Regulatory engineer brings a wealth of experience that will benefit OPEI members

May 5, 2016


ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) announces the appointment of Michael Ross as Director of Standards.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to evolve our standards and regulatory compliance activities with the addition of Michael Ross,” said Kris Kiser, President and CEO of OPEI. “In addition to general standards work, Michael brings experience, capability and expertise in the area of electrical outdoor power equipment products, both nationally and internationally.”

Michael will be involved with electrical product standards development with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). He also will communicate with key regulatory agencies, such as the Department of Energy, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and monitor regulatory issues on behalf of OPEI. He will be staff executive for the Electric Products Committee.

Michael has held numerous industry positions that made him an ideal candidate for the position at OPEI, added Kiser. Ross previously worked as a regulatory engineer for handheld lawn and garden equipment for MTD Southwest, Inc. He was the truck and traffic manager for concrete mixers and pumpers at SCHWING and the senior business manager for mixers and refuse vehicles at McNEILUS. He was a project engineer for electric and fueled utility vehicles at CUSHMAN and the engineering manager for tracked vehicles at LMC.

He has engineering expertise in mechanics, dynamics, hydraulics, electrical, CAD design and manufacturing.

Kiser said standards and regulations work is ongoing and of high importance to OPEI members. “We’ll continue to tap into the best industry experience available as OPEI continues to progress its technical, regulatory and compliance areas.”

About OPEI
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is an international trade association representing more than 100 power equipment, engine and utility vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. OPEI is the advocacy voice of the industry, and a recognized Standards Development Organization for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and active internationally through the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the development of safety and performance standards. OPEI is managing partner of GIE+EXPO, the industry’s annual international trade show, and the creative force behind the environmental education program, OPEI-Canada represents members on a host of issues, including recycling, emissions and other regulatory developments across the Canadian provinces. For more information, visit

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