The following is a letter from Kris Kiser, president of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) updating the industry on what’s happening with GIE+EXPO 2020 and plans for the show.
We are all living in a changed environment right now given the current coronoavirus pandemic. It’s a time of great uncertainty, and I wanted to reach out to you personally to assure and update you on what’s happening with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and our international tradeshow, GIE+EXPO.
While we continue to take prudent measures to ensure the safety and well-being of our OPEI family by working remotely and rotating through the office, and practicing social distancing, our plans for the association and GIE+EXPO are moving forward. GIE+EXPO is still currently scheduled to take place this October 21-23 in Louisville, KY, our home for the last 38 years.
GIE+EXPO sales remain strong. We fully expect our nation will soon turn a critical corner in dealing with this pandemic and be back in business. In the meantime, we remain active and working with our partners to help the industry address the challenges facing it now and in the future – including moving forward with plans for our tradeshow.
The tradeshow is a massive undertaking, and overall, the 2020 show looks strong. Forty new exhibitors have signed on, and we have several new opportunities for attendees this year, including expanded in-tree arborist training in Freedom Hall, hands-on drone sessions, and a UTV test track.
We are also planning a robust schedule of education programming with our partners, featuring an expanded slate of technology sessions and business-focused programming, as well as education for hardscaping, snow and ice management, irrigation, landscape lighting, and more.
GIE+EXPO is a family reunion for the industry, and this year, we’ll need that reconnection and reinvigoration of our businesses more than ever. The country will restart and we’ll be ready to get together again to talk about how to do business going forward. Together, we’ll face the challenges and opportunities head on. Until then, be well and stay safe.
I’ll see you in Louisville.
All the best,
President & CEO
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and the TurfMutt Foundation