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ECHO Helps Glen Haven Colorado Volunteer Fire Department

Glen Haven was hard hit by the Colorado flood in September of 2013.  The small mountain community lost the only road in and out of town, and many residents lost their homes and businesses.  Glen Haven's volunteer fire fighters worked long hours trying to rebuild foot bridges and clear debris for the town and put out a call for much needed chain saws.  They received Poulan chain saws, but they could only be used for limbing trees due to their small engine size.

Golden Eagle Distributing was contacted for a chain saw donation, and was happy to help by sending a CS-590-20 Timber Wolf to Glen Haven to handle the BIG trees.

ECHO Participates in 2014 Grainger Show

Grainger’s 2014 Customer Show features the solutions, expertise and products to help customers get the job done … and ECHO was there to show folks needing handheld outdoor power equipment exactly what professional grade tools could do for them.

The show took place February 10-12 in Orlando, Florida and welcomed more than 15,000 attendees with more than 600 supplier booths.  Manning the ECHO booth was Tom Cahill, Sr. National Account Representative.  He was also joined by Mike Best, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, along with Dan Rosenberger, National Account Manager.

Tom reported that along with incredible foot traffic, ECHO received some awesome exposure and excellent interaction with Grainger’s suppliers and customers.

Grainger specializes in selling facilities maintenance products such as material handling, safety and security, cleaning and maintenance and heating/cooling.  ECHO became a Grainger supplier of handheld outdoor power equipment in 2013.

2013 GIE+EXPO Dealers Choice Award Finalist

ECHO's CS-590 Timber Wolf chain saw was named as a finalist in the 2013 GIE+EXPO Dealer Choice Awards.  Winners were honored on the last day of the EXPO which took place October 23-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.  This year's Dealers Choice Awards covered lawn and garden products and services in four categories:  Accessory/Attachment, Handheld, Industrial/Engine and Wheeled.

This year almost 400 lawn and garden power equipment dealers participated in the eighth annual Power Equipment Trade GIE+EXPO Dealers Choice Awards, voting on their favorite products on display at GIE+EXPO.  Power Equipment Trade solicited product nominations for all GIE+EXPO exhibitors, and selected up to five finalists in each category.  Power Equipment Trade dealer readers and other qualified dealers participated through an on-line ballot system and also voted in person at the show.

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.

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