Briggs & Stratton Corporation was recently named Manufacturer of the Year by the Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC) at its 2015 conference.
Founded in 1997, the EETC is a non-profit association made up of industry professionals that work to train and educate technicians in the outdoor power equipment industry. Each year, the EETC recognizes a manufacturer that is an active partner in providing educational opportunities and resources to properly train technicians. This year, the Manufacturer of the Year Award was presented to Briggs & Stratton for its support of the EETC through ongoing membership, educational efforts, and dealer engagement.
“Briggs & Stratton has done an outstanding job with education,” said EETC Executive Director Erik Sides. “I look at them as a model for their involvement in education for dealers and their commitment to quality for their customers.”
As one of the founding members and biggest supporters of the EETC, Briggs & Stratton has always believed in providing education and resources to technicians. Whether through annual updates on new product innovations and service-related topics, offering hands-on training curriculum or online training through its Power Portal, or providing vocational instructors at high schools, tech colleges, and universities with curriculum to teach small-engine classes, Briggs & Stratton provides a wide variety of training opportunities and resources. The company believes that dealers, manufacturers and consumers of the outdoor power equipment industry need knowledgeable, qualified technicians to ensure power equipment is serviced properly.
“As a manufacturer, you want to know that your product is in good hands, and consumers can be confident that these people (technicians) are the ‘best of the best’ and their equipment will be serviced correctly the first time around,” said Tom Billigen, manager of customer education at Briggs & Stratton.
As the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, Briggs & Stratton also has one of the most extensive dealer networks in the country. With more than 12,000 authorized Briggs & Stratton dealers in North America, the company implements a variety of training programs to ensure technicians are properly educated to service outdoor power equipment powered by Briggs & Stratton engines. As a leader in outdoor power equipment and engine expertise, Briggs & Stratton plans to continue offering highly innovation solutions and learning resources that will make a huge difference in the early education of future technicians and continued education of current technicians.