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ECHO Participates in 2015 Thunder on Ice Event
ECHO was pleased to participate in the 2015 Thunder on Ice ISR World Series of snowmobile ice drags in Oconto Falls Wisconsin, February 13-14. This event has been hosted by the Oconto Falls Sno Jokers snowmobile club for the past five years and has participants from all over the U.S., Canada and even Sweden. The event is a fund raiser with proceeds going towards local school scholarships and athletic programs along with assistance to fire and rescue agencies. One participant won a CS-590-20 ECHO Timber Wolf chain saw. And the ECHO Snow Bike made an appearance courtesy of Ron Jensen, Director of Warranty & Product Training. Several participants took it for a ride ... the unit is one of only 360 produced.
ECHO Improves Recycling Program
ECHO Incorporated builds on its already expansive recycling and sustainability program by adding a more efficient in-house program for employees. New containers (blue for aluminum and green for plastic) have been placed around the ECHO campus to spur on recycling efforts and keep our environment "clean and green".
It's worth noting that in 2013, ECHO recycled 132,340 pounds of aluminum and 270,527 pounds of plastic. For more information about ECHO's pro-environment commitment, please click here.
ECHO Runs Second Annual "Carving for the Cure" Event
ECHO Distributor, Outdoor Equipment Distributors, Inc. in Raleigh, NC, ran their second “Carving for the Cure” Event May 1-3 at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Colfax, NC.
Thirteen carvers from around the country created pieces of art from blocks of wood using chain saws and hand tools. Spectators watched as the wood blocks took life and then were able to participate in auctions for the sculptures as well as machine-made quilts to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.® There were also additional raffles with the proceeds going to the cancer organization, and the local Susan G. Komen chapter was present to accept cash donations as well. Outdoor Equipment Distributors was please to report that over $5,200 was raised for the “Cure”! This money will provide 52 free mammograms for women who would not have been able to afford them otherwise.
All competing carvers were given awards based on the dollar amounts their carvings earned through sculpture sales during the event and live auction, and each carver took home an ECHO chain saw.
ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment, Joe’s Tractor Sales in Thomasville, NC; and the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market were the primary sponsors of this event.
ECHO Participates in ISA Trade Show
ECHO Incorporated will have a booth hosted by ECHO distributor, Golden Eagle Distributing, at the 2014 International Society of Aboriculture in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Trade show dates are August 3 - 5. Come and see what all the outdoor power equipment buzz is about at ECHO in booth 441!
Check out ECHO's new and improved chain saws, set up a field trial for you and your crews, speak with local dealers and enter a fantastic raffle for a chance to win one of three CS-355T chain saws!
If you want to access event details on your mobile device, click here to download the app for the ISA Arborist Expo!
ECHO Supports EETC Scholarship Program
ECHO Incorporated is proud to support the Equipment & Engine Training Council’s Paul H. Scholten Memorial Scholarship fund. Students must be pursuing a certificate or degree in power equipment technology at an EETC accredited school in order to be eligible. Applicants are judged on their academic achievement, leadership activities and student statement. Preference is given to qualified applicants who exhibit financial need. ECHO’s Ron Jensen, Sr. Manager, Product Training and Consumer Support, presented the scholarships.
Scholarships, which are given in memory and tribute to Paul H. Scholten (1940-2002), aid students in educational expenses such as tuition, fees, books, supplies, and housing as they pursue their degrees and careers in the power equipment industry. Paul H. Scholten was a founding member of the Equipment & Engine Training Council, its past President and fervent advocate for excellence in power equipment service and repair. The EETC dedicates these scholarships to Paul in the hope that young people entering the power equipment industry will regard him as a role model for excellence in all of their life’s endeavors.
Thanks to ECHO and the EETC, each of five scholarship recipients received $1000 towards their college expenses in a OPE Technician Program. ECHO wishes the best to this year’s recipients Ross Daniel Lubner of Appleton, WI; Easton Marie Murry of CobleSkill, NY; Paul Curtis Pickering of Waco, TX; Richard Terrell Morris of Raymond, MS; and Kyle Bernard Volker of Alexandria, MN.