Association News


OPEAA Announces Scholarship Recipients

The Bill Nelson Scholarship Endowment, an educational charity designed to advance the academic pursuits of employees and the children of employees who work for member companies of the Outdoor Power Equipment Aftermarket Association, has awarded four scholarships, each in the amount of $2,500. The recipients for this year’s award are Jillian Andrews, Mesa, Ariz.; Elizabeth Childers, Plymouth, Ohio; Garett Hull, Springfield, Mo.; and Tyler Nelson, Reidsville, Ga.

Revised Standard for Pools

A newly revised Association of Pool & Spa Professionals standard has been approved by the American National Standards Institute and features significant changes that will impact pool builders across the nation. The standard is published in partnership with the International Code Council. It covers specifications for new construction and remodeling of residential inground swimming pools including design, equipment, operation and installation. The new standard is available for purchase and download at

PLANET Holds Renewal & Remembrance

The Professional Landcare Network held its 15th Annual Renewal & Remembrance project at Arlington National Cemetery. Hundreds of landscape, lawn care and tree care specialists from across the nation brought their crews to the cemetery to spend the day mulching, cabling trees with lightning protection, pruning, liming, planting and aerating the grounds. This gift is valued at more than $200,000. Over the years, PLANET has contributed more than $2 million in materials and man-hours to this national landmark. The Irrigation Association and the Tree Care Industry Association partnered with PLANET to host the event, and Syngenta was the event’s Platinum Sponsor.

AEM Offers Spanish Safety Manual

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers announced a new Spanish version of its Hydraulic Excavator Safety Manual in a convenient “flip-style” Spanish/English format. The manual outlines safe machine operation and maintenance guidelines in a concise and well-illustrated layout for easy comprehension.