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OPEI names new leadership

September 29, 2020By

The board of directors of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute appointed Rick Olson as chairman. It also elected several new executive committee members. read more

Exclusive: OPEI CEO Kris Kiser discusses cancellation of 2020 GIE+EXPO

July 30, 2020By
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With yesterday’s announcement that GIE+EXPO has been postponed to 2021, Landscape Management’s Seth Jones spoke with Kiser and asked him if GIE+EXPO is insured; if a virtual show was considered; and how the decision was ultimately made to cancel the event for 2020. read more

Kris Kiser discusses TurfMutt Foundation and the importance of backyard spaces

July 22, 2020By
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Kris Kiser discusses the TurfMutt Foundation and how the pandemic has made homeowners reevaluate the value of their own outdoor spaces. read more

Kris Kiser on GIE+EXPO 2020: “The show will be held safely and responsibly”

May 11, 2020By
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Kris Kiser, president and CEO of OPEI, talks with Editor-in-Chief Seth Jones about the status of the 2020 GIE+EXPO show in Louisville. read more

OPEI weighs in on California’s proposed emissions regulations

February 13, 2020By
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State air regulators in California are proposing long-term plans to phase out gas-powered lawn care and landscaping equipment such as leaf blowers and lawn mowers. “For all intents and purposes, California wants to drive the internal combustion engine out of the state and move to the implementation of zero-emissions products, so switching to battery, electric,” says Kris Kiser, president and... read more

ANSI/OPEI standards for robotic mowers published

February 4, 2020By

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) published the robotic lawn mower standard. The standards were approved in September 2019. The standards were developed to provide an industry standard for robotic, battery-powered and electrical lawn mowers. They are the first of their kind and were developed from public input from consumers, manufacturers and commercial equipment... read more