Honda Highlighting New General-Purpose Engine. Honda Engines says it will have representatives available to discuss the company’s continued technological advancements and environmental commitment. The Honda Engines team will showcase its complete range of engines models, including the latest advancements for its GX Commercial Series Engines and the recent introduction of the all-new GXR120 general-purpose engine, a model uniquely developed as an ideal source of power for rammers, which are used to compact soil or other granular material. Offered as a second power option to the GX100 engine, the new GXR120 engine has been designed to provide superb durability and reliability for heavy-duty applications. Booth 3118.
Pro-Lift Making First GIE+EXPO Appearance. Tenured automotive hydraulic lift manufacturer, SFA Companies, will be attending the GIE-EXPO officially for the first time this year. Since launching their newest line of hydraulically powered lawnmower lifts in late 2011, the company says they have rapidly been overtaking the outdoor power equipment market by storm. The newest product being launched this year at the show is an air-actuated professional-grade lift (T-5501). Now, instead of pumping (or cranking like the competition), you can raise up to 750 pounds in either front- or back-axle weight by letting air-powered hydraulics do all of the work. Booth 11198.
A New Manufacturer Gets Into the Zero-Turn Mower Business. There's not much we can talk about yet, as the Minnesota-based manufacturer of the brand new Altoz Precision Mowers wants to save the big unveiling for GIE+EXPO itself. But we'll soon find out if these new mowers have what it takes to put a dent in an already crowded product category. Using words like "superior" and "more sophisticated," the manufacturer is confident that they will. Booth 11086.
GE Capital Helps Entire Supply Chain. GE Capital says it isn't just a banker, it's a builder. The company provides the smart financing and know-how to help its customers' capital go further. GE Capital's Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) business provides inventory and accounts receivable financing to more than 2,000 manufacturers/distributors and 33,000 dealers in North America. CDF’s market intelligence can help companies throughout the supply chain manage their businesses. Dealers that finance through CDF obtain access to unique online tools, including inventory management reports, industry data and benchmarking data. Booth 11108.
Check in with the Staff of Green Industry Pros Magazine. While walking the show floor at GIE+EXPO 2013, don't forget to stop by the Green Industry Pros booth. Meet the staff, share your story (maybe even on video), update your subscription, and grab a few extra copies of our latest issue. Equipment dealers can sign up for our free online dealer locator throughout the show, and can spend a few minutes chatting with renowned business trainer Bob Clements from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 24. Booth 4038.
Events for Equipment Dealers
For the second straight year, dealers will be granted early access to the show floor on Dealer Day—Wednesday, October 23 from 3 to 7 p.m. A reception will also be taking place from 5 to 7 p.m. on the show floor, as various manufacturers will be holding special events in their booths.
The Dealer Resource Pavilion will feature free seminars by esteemed dealership consultant and Green Industry Pros contributor Bob Clements. Topics will include sales, parts profits and service efficiencies. Dealerships of all shapes and sizes will benefit from Bob's lessons.
A new Dealer Summit will take place prior to the early show floor access. On October 23 from noon to 3 p.m., dealers will learn strategies to reach contractors, while also hearing from manufacturers on topics including online sales and ethanol E15.
Technician training and certification, offered through NAEDA and EETC, will be taking place at GIE+EXPO.
A Lunch & Learn for Rental Dealers will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on October 23. Two sessions are on tap: effective advertising for rental stores, and a Jeopardy-style game show where dealers can show off their knowledge of the equipment and rental industries.
Finally, the popular Dealer Resource Roundtable breakfast will take place on Thursday, October 24 from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Events for Landscape Contractors
PLANET's Green Industry Conference (GIC) will be running congruently to GIE+EXPO. This year's theme is "The Landscape is Changing." Dozens of educational sessions are designed to help prepare contractors to stay ahead of the looming growth curve the landscaping industry is expected to experience over the next several years. Additionally, breakfast roundtable and certification opportunities exist throughout the show. Visit landcarenetwork.org for more information.