May 9 2018 07:21 PM

The building purchase marks the next stage in the continued growth of the trade association.

Guests at OPEI's open house gather outside of the new Alexandria, Virginia, office during an Open House May 7, 2018.

More than 100 members, partners, and friends were on hand as the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute officially opened its new headquarters building in Alexandria May 7, marking what the organization says is a new stage in the growth of the association.

“This building represents a new chapter in OPEI’s story,” says Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the trade group. “Thanks to record levels of membership and member engagement, we had a good problem – we outgrew our old space.”

“This is an exciting moment in the history of OPEI. As this year’s chairman, I’m proud to officially open our new headquarters for business,” says Dan Ariens, Chairman and CEO of Ariens Co., and OPEI Board Chairman. “Since it was founded more than 60 years ago, OPEI has grown in scope and stature, and it’s well-positioned to continue its advocacy on behalf of the outdoor power equipment industry.”

Thirty years ago the OPEI Board of Directors moved the association from Washington, D.C., to Alexandria, VA, to build and own its headquarters building. In 2017, OPEI’s Board voted to sell its existing building and acquire 1605 King St., representing a multi-million-dollar investment.

The new building, in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, sits one block from the D.C. Metro, and just four miles from National Airport. It has a state-of-the-art conference center designed to accommodate OPEI’s increasingly large committee meetings.