Following is a message from Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, on the association’s response to COVID-19/coronavirus.
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute is the industry’s voice, and provides a forum for our members to address the issues of the day. With the world’s attention focused on the spread of the COVID-19/coronavirus and its impact on individuals, manufacturers, and the global economy, I want to assure you that OPEI continues to provide that forum while taking steps to maintain the safety of our staff, members, and vendors.
OPEI remains open for business, and we are mindful of the ongoing challenges coronavirus is posing for our members, and the need for a prudent response. OPEI staff have been instructed to work remotely.
OPEI’s members span the globe — including China, Japan, Europe, and here in the United States, and we have endeavored to make our upcoming meetings as accessible as possible, providing web and phone access for all committee and task force meetings. Our international tradeshow, GIE+EXPO, is currently scheduled to proceed as planned in Louisville, KY, Oct. 21-23.
We encourage members to consult guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Department of Labor for best practices, as well as the resources linked here (www.opei.org/coronavirus/), in responding to the coronavirus at their facilities and within their operations.
It’s a challenging time for the country and the industry, but business goes on, and the business of the association goes on.