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October 17, 2012
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  • E15 remains a leading industry concern, OPEI chief says
    E15, weather patterns and government regulations are significant factors for the outdoor power equipment industry, said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. "[E15] is a legal fuel available in the marketplace that is not safe for your nonroad products. ... No product (OPEI equipment) in existence today has been designed, built or warranted to run on any fuel containing more than 10 perfect ethanol. You are likely to void your warranty if you use fuel with ethanol content higher than 10 percent," Kiser says. (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Vanguard Power Code Helps In-field Operators
Vanguard Power Code, a square barcode located on Vanguard single-cylinder and V-twin engines, directs equipment operators to an array of important information for that specific engine model after being scanned with a smart phone’s barcode reader.
  Industry Buzz 
  • Caterpillar seeks to get through slow times
    Caterpillar expects to have weaker growth through 2015 as the construction, waste and mining industries slow down. "They are really one of the best-run companies in the world, but they are operating in an ecosystem that will not provide them with the best opportunities in the next year to 18 months," outside analyst Constance Hunter says. Crain's Chicago Business (free registration) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flowering bulbs receive a makeover to boost sales
    Flowering bulbs are being marketed as plants that are easy to manage as the industry works to combat a 20% decline in sales compared with 2006, according to a survey by the National Gardening Association. The best time to plant bulbs generally is in the fall to see vibrant flowers in the spring. The Wall Street Journal (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Check branches before removing trees, experts say
    Tree removal should only be conducted after branches are checked as a tree might be dead but could also just be dormant, some experts say. Branches that snap easily indicate the tree is dead, according to Matt Lewis, an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture. Columbia Missourian (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside & Out 
  • 5 ways to create a productive organizational culture
    It's essential to create a positive organizational culture while you're building your startup because altering the culture of an established company is more difficult, Chelsea Brownridge writes. You can get started on this process by identifying your company's mission and determine the characteristics you are looking for in new hires, she writes. "These criteria should reflect your organization's values and clearly define the ideal candidate." The Huffington Post (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  OPEI News 
  • EPA and CPSC to speak at GIE+EXPO
    On behalf of OPEI, we are delighted to announce Glenn Passavant and Philip Carlson, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality; and Janet Buyer, CPSC Division of Combustion and Fire Sciences, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, as featured speakers on Oct. 26. Glenn and Philip will be featured speakers at the 10 a.m. workshop and Janet Buyer will be the featured speaker at our 1 p.m. workshop, both to be held in Room C-202 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. They will be speaking on topics of immediate interest and importance to the OPE industry. There will be time allowed for open Q-and-A at the end of the presentations. These sessions do not require registration, and there is no charge. They are also open to the public.

    Servicing dealers, rental dealers, retailers, distributors and suppliers will come together for an industry party on Oct. 24 at GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Ky. The welcome reception wraps up the first-ever Dealer Day, a preview of the show. Among the festivities will be live music in two locations on the show floor; a 25-cent beer and hot dog reception sponsored by ARI, Husqvarna and Ideal Computer Systems and an Oktoberfest theme in STIHL's booth where they will hold a drawing for a $5,000 giveaway. For info, visit the GIE+EXPO website or call (800) 558-8767. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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