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1. Ariens' chairman emeritus dies at 83

OPEI SmartBrief | Mar 03, 2015

Michael S. Ariens, former president and chairman of Ariens, has died at age 83. Ariens headed the firm from 1969 through 1992 and served as chairman of the board from 1992 through 2014. During his time as president, the company launched its popular Sno-Thro. WBAY-TV (Green Bay, Wis.) (03/02)


2. Briggs & Stratton offers lithium-ion, electric-start technology

OPEI SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2015

Briggs & Stratton has launched a lithium-ion, electric-start technology called InStart for its gas-powered lawn mower engines. The feature will be offered on Cub Cadet lawn mowers. The company has also launched the EXi engine, which never needs an oil change. BizTimes Milwaukee (02/26)


3. Michael Ariens remembered for thoughtful leadership style

OPEI SmartBrief | Mar 04, 2015

Michael Ariens, former Ariens president and chairman, will be remembered for his excitement about big snowstorms and his thoughtful leadership style. For example, he took time every day to personally thank employees for their commitment. Ariens was also one of the longest-serving board members of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and served in many philanthropic organizations. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (03/02) Post-Crescent (Appleton, Wis.), The (03/03)


4. Exmark launches revamped Quest zero-turn mowers

OPEI SmartBrief | Mar 04, 2015

Green Industry Pro magazine (03/03)


5. Lawn mowers in the EU may need insurance plans

OPEI SmartBrief | Mar 05, 2015

European Union officials are considering a directive requiring lawn mowers and other small vehicles to carry car insurance. The effort was sparked when a person operating a tractor on private land knocked down a man on a ladder and insurance companies did not pay the damages. Olive Press (Spain), The (03/04)


6. Stihl gets village approval for new warehouse, distribution center

OPEI SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

The Cottage Grove, Wis., village board has approved Stihl's plans to open a new warehouse, distribution center and offices there. The site would combine its Hayward and Peoria, Ill., locations and employ 25 people while managing eight trucks a day. Herald Independent (Winnsboro, S.C.), The (02/27)


7. Lawn mower tire pressure key to attractive turfgrass

OPEI SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

Tire pressure is an important component in mower function and the appearance of a freshly mowed lawn. Low tire pressure can affect wobble, steering and deck positioning, resulting in clumping and uneven cuts. When checking tire pressure, also look for dry rot, worn tread and leaks. GreenIndustryPros.com (02/26)


8. Video: Snowblower, lawn tractor combined into snowplow

OPEI SmartBrief | Mar 03, 2015

Lifehacker (03/02)


9. Simplicity mower features suspension comfort system, free-floating deck

OPEI SmartBrief | Mar 04, 2015

Green Industry Pro magazine (03/03)


10. Emissions-free park to use battery-powered mowers, tools

OPEI SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2015

Garfield Park in South Pasadena, Calif., is the first park in the U.S. to be completely emissions-free. The park's landscape crew has switched to battery- and electric-powered leaf blowers and lawn mowers to reduce the park's environmental footprint. To help with the project, the American Green Zone Alliance worked with manufacturers such as Stihl and Mean Green Mowers. San Gabriel Valley Tribune (San Gabriel, Calif.) (02/26)




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