2021’s Top OPE News Stories

What industry news was of most interest to readers of OPE Business in the past 12 months? We scoured the entire year of our online news database – day by day, week by week and month by month – to find out, and we list below the top 3-5 stories for each month. The results are a revealing look at not only what readers found of interest, but also how the OPE industry itself progressed in what has been a very challenging year.


January 14: Industry Supplier Walbro Announces Organizational Changes

January 18: Hustler Turf Introduces 2021 Zero-Turn Mower Lineup

January 26: Altoz Hires Industry Veteran Dougherty as DSM


February 9: Curtis Industries Launches New A/C Cab for Kubota Zero-Turn

February 16: Husqvarna Launches Industry-First MadSaw Pro Pole Saw

February 22: Kubota Introduces New Compact Track Loader: SVL97-2


March 13: Kubota Reveals Gas-Powered RTV520, Replaces RTV500

March 22: Landmaster’s New Electric UTV Brings May Delivery, $10,999 MSRP

March 26: Echo Launches its Most Powerful Trimmer for North America


April 2: Stihl iCademy Launches, Free Web-Based Training for Dealers

April 7: Bush Hog Offering Chance to Win Pink ZTR

April 9: New Zero-Turn Exmark Mower Launches with 48-inch Deck


May 4: California Considering a Ban on New Sales of Gas-Powered OPE

May 15: Echo and BrandMuscle Partner to Launch Echo ADvantage Marketing Program

May 25: Messick Farm Equipment Breaks Ground on New HQ Facility


June 1: Polaris Ranger Modular Cab System for XP-1000, 1000, XP-900, 900 Utility Vehicles from Curtis Industries

June 10: Ingersoll Rand Sells Club Car to Private-Equity Firm

June 30: Ariens Chairman and CEO Discusses Labor Shortages and More on CNN


July 15: Oregon Tool to be Acquired by Platinum Equity

July 15: Briggs & Stratton Acquires Minority Stake in Accelerated Systems, Inc.

July 22: FTC Unanimously Adopts Policy Statement Aimed at Restoring Right to Repair


August 2: Stanley Black & Decker Negotiating to Acquire MTD Products

August 17: Stanley Black & Decker to Acquire Remaining 80-Percent Stake in MTD for $1.6 Billion

August 23: M18 FUEL Self-Propelled Mower Coming from Milwaukee Tool in 2022

August 24: Scag Parent Company Acquires Robbins Manufacturing

August 31: Electric Sheep Robotics Launches


September 1: Arrowhead Engineered Products Acquired by Genstar Capital

September 10: California Legislature Passes AB 1346, Sent to Governor

September 13: Stanley Black & Decker to Acquire Excel Industries, Adding Hustler and BigDog Brands

September 21: Husqvarna Group Files Lawsuit to Compel Briggs & Stratton to Deliver Engines

September 24: Echo Launches New eForce 56V Battery System


October 10: California Governor Signs Law Banning Sale of New Gas-Powered Lawn Mowers, Leaf Blowers, Chainsaws by 2024

October 12: Toro Introduces Latest Commercial and Consumer Equipment at GIE+Expo 2021

October 13: Hustler Turf Introduces Zero-Turn Mowers for 2022

October 25: Makita Debuts 10 New Products, New Battery Technology


November 1: New York State Senator Introduces Zero-Emission Lawn and Landscape Equipment Legislation

November 4: Stanley Black & Decker’s Acquisition of MTD, Excel Expected to Close by Early 2022

November 5: GIE+Expo Returns: Boasts Strong Attendance, Introduces New Brand/Name

November 12: Husqvarna Group and Briggs & Stratton Reach Settlement to Resolve Engine Supply in 2022

November 22: Dixie Chopper Unveils Electric Zero-Turn Concept Mower, New ‘SS’ Models


December 1: Stanley Black & Decker Completes Acquisitions of MTD Holdings and Excel Industries

December 3: Canada’s National Capital Commission Banning Gas-Powered Small Tools

December 8: Echo Expands Operations, Purchases Additional Warehouse

December 14: Announcing Our 2021 OPEB Movers & Shakers


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