OPEI cuts ribbon on new headquarters

May 9, 2018 -  By
OPEI board cuts ribbon on new building.

OPEI board members join the association’s president and CEO Kris Kiser in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. From left: Bjoern Fischer, president, Stihl; Dan Ariens, president and CEO, Ariens Co.; Kiser; Tom Cromwell, group president, Kohler Power, Kohler Co.; and Tom Duncan, president and CEO, Positec USA. (Photo: LM staff)

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) celebrated the opening of its new headquarters on May 7. The association purchased the building at 1605 King Street, Alexandria, Va., last summer.

OPEI President and CEO Kris Kiser said in a release last August that OPEI outgrew its current space.

“OPEI has been dealing with a problem for a couple years now,” Kiser said last year. “And it’s a great problem to have: We’ve increased our membership and increased our member engagement to a point that we’ve outgrown our current location and meeting space.”

The new OPEI headquarters includes a conference center that can seat 50 people for in-person and virtual meetings. This new space will enable OPEI members around the country and overseas to participate more fully in association business and activities. The new space is spread out over three stories plus a rooftop deck.

The association’s board chose to stay in Alexandria due to its proximity to Washington, D.C., airports and hotels. The new location is two train stops from Washington National Airport.

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