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ECHO Inc. is a Proud Sponsor of the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show
The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack show just completed its 33rd year of family entertainment by exhibiting log rolling, log rolling dogs, chopping, sawing, axe throwing, dragster chain saws, and tree climbing. They put on a historical, educational, humorous show filled with audience participation reaching over one million people yearly. The Lumberjacks show how logging skills were used years ago, and then compare it to today's methods. "Timberjacks" compete with each other using an old time Lumberjack cross-cut saw and today's technology, the chain saw ... muscle against machine. For more information, go to www.lumberjackent.com
ECHO Inc. Supports Education
When ECHO was approached by McHenry Community High School in McHenry County, Illinois regarding expanding their Power Mechanics class, we saw a great opportunity to help educate students and promote the ECHO brand. Dave Garrett, the Power Mechanics instructor, teaches over 150 students each year. In 2012 they had only 4-stroke Briggs & Stratton engines for the students to learn with. Thanks to ECHO’s generous donation of 32 PB-265 blowers, their program has expanded to include 2- stroke engine theory and diagnostics.
Dave took the initiative one step further and contacted the EETC (Engine & Equipment Training Council) and McHenry High School is now in the process of becoming EETC accredited. EETC http://www.eetc.org/home.html is a non-profit association whose goal is to address the shortage of qualified service technicians in the outdoor power equipment industry. Made up of more than 450 industry professionals including manufacturers, distributors, dealers, associations, and educators, the EETC is striving to create professional power equipment technicians for today's sophisticated power equipment products. In order to meet these needs, the association has developed the EETC Technician Certification program to measure the skill level of repair technicians working in the industry today.
EETC accreditation is very important to schools because it ensures that their school has all the necessary tools, engines and the right curriculum available for their students. This will provide them with the skills they need should they choose a job as an outdoor power equipment technician.
Ron Jensen, Sr. Manager, Product Training and Consumer Support, and Dan Lloyd National Service Administrator paid a visit to Dave’s Power Mechanics classroom last spring and provided an informative and interesting power point presentation on small engines and career paths in power equipment industry. Students then participated in a hands-on activity learning about different 2-stroke emission engine technology and performing adjustments on 2-stroke engines, after which they were invited outside to operate some of the ECHO power equipment.
The support ECHO provided to the McHenry Community High School has resulted in a more well-rounded and comprehensive small engines program, and afforded the students hands-on experiences they would not have otherwise enjoyed. Future plans include more hands-on activities with these 2-stroke engines and offering a second semester of Power Mechanics for students.
Bob King Unleashes Inner Child?
ECHO Carving Team member Bob King teamed up with Burton Snowboards to carve out some serious fun for Jay Peak Resort’s Riglet Parks. What is a Riglet Park you might ask? It’s a really fun and snowy place that kids can learn to snowboard. Kids of all ages can have a great learning experience in the Burton Star Wars themed Riglet Park at Sierra-at-Tahoe, and also at Jay Peak Resort’s Disney-Pixar Toy Story themed park in northern Vermont. Thanks for helping to make winter fun again, Bob!
General Power Equipment Attends 43rd Annual Power Show Ohio
Boasting a showcase of more than 600 brands of equipment and supplies, The Power Show Ohio is the place to see and exhibit farm, construction, and lawn and garden equipment.
Besides being able to view just about every kind of loading, mowing, grain handling, logging, livestock equipment and computer software, attendees could attend seminars on topics ranging from oil & gas issues, water quality & algae problems and grain marketing.
General Power Equipment (located in Columbus, OH) was proud to display a booth full of ECHO and Shindaiwa equipment, relaying just what Power Show attendees are looking for: quality equipment, useful information and innovative technology.
ECHO is Bronze Level Sponsor of PGMS
The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) is an individual society of grounds professionals advancing the grounds management profession through education and professional development.
The majority of members are institutional grounds managers who work for organizations such as colleges, universities, municipalities, park and recreation facilities, hotels/motels, etc. Many independent landscape contractors are also in membership.
All have joined together for the purpose of education and economic advancement. The ultimate goals are to assist the individual manager in developing techniques and management skills to assure an outstanding grounds management program for his or her organization, clients or employers, and to upgrade the level of the profession.
ECHO is a bronze level partner, donating $2,000 to help support the mission of The Professional Grounds Management Society.