Green industry expo and OPEI expo enter into trade show alliance

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS), the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) recently announced that they will combine their two trade shows, the Green Industry Expo (GIE) and the OPEI Expo.

The GIE is presented by PGMS and PLANET, and features a comprehensive lineup of educational sessions, networking events, facility tours, product demonstrations and cutting-edge exhibits. The GIE traditionally took place in conjunction with the PGMS School of Grounds Management and the PLANET Green Industry Conference education programs. The OPEI Expo is an international lawn, garden and power equipment exposition, which showcases three days of exciting demos. The alliance brings together industry professionals and suppliers from chemical and equipment manufacturers to retail service providers and distributors.

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“Forming an alliance and combining the shows will result in a wider audience receiving an improved product,” says PGMS Executive Director Tom Shaner, CAE. “This will allow the PGMS School of Grounds Management to expand as well, offering more educational opportunities for the industry and increased traffic for the exhibitors.”

PLANET and PGMS will continue to feature grounds management, lawn care, interior plantscaping and design/build/installation educational sessions, as well as a wide range of green industry tracks presented by seasoned industry leaders. The first combined Expo will take place in 2007 in Louisville, Ky., and more than 25,000 green industry professionals and suppliers are anticipated to attend. Both groups look forward to leveraging the complementary strengths of their offerings to better serve the needs of the green industry.

While the combined Expo will now be held in Louisville on annual basis, Shaner points out that PGMS will continue to be offering educational programs to grounds management professionals throughout the country via its recently introduced series of Regional Grounds Seminars and Site Visitations. The inaugural seminar was held in Tempe, Ariz. in March and the next such program is scheduled to take place on the University of Delaware campus in Newark, Del. on Aug. 10-11.

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