An Industry On The Grow
The 2002 International Lawn, Garden & Power Equipment Exposition was the dream trade show for those interested in the concept of "more power." The show was filled with outdoor lawn equipment that could do more faster, more quietly, more efficiently, and with the least amount of emissions.
While the show's sponsor, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), is predicting that consumer and commercial turf product shipments will continue to fall the rest of this year, the Association says that the outlook is good for 2003, with a 3.3-percent increase in shipments of walker mowers and a 4.5-percent increase in front engine tractor shipments. And while other trade shows have experienced decreased attendance, the Expo had a 2-percent increase this year, or 21, 579 attendees, exemplifying the continued strong interest in the industry.
OPEI is also predicting a shipment increase of 3.1 percent for commercial intermediate walker shipments and a 5.3-percent unit improvement for commercial riding mowers. In a time when it seems that consumers would rather stay at home than travel, and are also willing to spend more money on their outdoor lawn and garden equipment, the lines between commercial and residential designations for outdoor appliances have become blurred.
"We were shocked, " said Ken Raney, advertising manager for Hustler Turf Equipment (Hesston, KS, U.S.) about the company's reaction to discovering that individual consumers were investing thousands of dollars to purchase the company's commercial zero-turn radius mowers for their homes. Zero-turn radius mowers are popular with landscapers because of their time-saving convenience and maneuverability, but consumers are also becoming interested in them.
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