Oct. 18 2021 08:02 AM

The organization will hold a ribbon cutting and open house on Oct. 19.

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Alexandria, Virginia, will open a new trade show and association office at 209 East Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky. A ribbon-cutting and open house will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the new office location Oct. 19. Kris Kiser, OPEI President and CEO; the OPEI board of directors; Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer; Michael Berry, secretary of Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet and other invited guests along with OPEI staff are expected to attend.

In addition to some association staff, the Louisville office will house the management staff of the industry’s 40 year trade show, GIE+EXPO, held annually in Louisville, which will be rebranded and retooled in 2022. The new name and brand will be announced at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“The opening of our new office shows the investment our industry has in the event and in its long-standing location of Louisville. With OPEI bringing the management of the show wholly under the OPEI umbrella, it was time to re-envision the event while honoring its long history,” says Kiser.

In 2019, the trade show was the 6th largest in the United States according to the Gold 100. It attracts more than 20,000 attendees hailing from all 50 U.S. states and 54 countries. The show has an economic impact on Louisville, Kentucky, of more than $20 million, has more than 20 acres of newly-renovated outdoor demonstration areas, and more than a thousand exhibits. It co-locates with Hardscape North America.

OPEI and its education arm, The TurfMutt Foundation, is proud to announce once again it is hosting Lucky’s Mutt Madness, a national dog adoption event at the expo to benefit the Kentucky Humane Society. Adopted at the last Mutt Madness is the current TurfMutt spokesdog, Mulligan.

This year, the show also will feature live drone training, a UTV test track and a 70-foot tree erected in the Freedom Hall arena for tree training.

OPEI is an international trade association representing manufacturers of outdoor power equipment, small engines, battery power systems, portable generators, utility and personal transport vehicles, golf cars and their suppliers.