Shindaiwa Partners with Oregon Cutting Systems and EETC to Offer Handheld Power University at GIE+EXPO Landscape contractors who attended the 2008 GIE+EXPO, had the opportunity to brush up on key handheld power equipment topics at the Handheld Power University seminar booth. Jointly sponsored by Shindaiwa, Oregon Cutting Systems, and the Equipment and Engine and Training Council (EETC), the Handheld Power University presented easy-to-digest, 15 minute presentations that were applicable to all brands of equipment. Some of the topics covered were Handheld Product Safety, and Saw Chain Anatomy and Basic Maintenance. Landscapers walked away with practical information that they could immediately apply to their business. We had standing room only for most of the sessions, noted Pete Fernald, Shindaiwa Technical Services Manager, who presented Low Emission Engines: Fuel & Oil Concerns. Our goal was to provide an opportunity for landscapers at the show to receive some practical knowledge for their businesses in addition to all the new product information. In tough economic times its important to get as much value as possible when attending tradeshows or other events. Landscapers also walked away with the opportunity to enter Shindaiwas GIE+EXPO Power Passport promotion. Everyone who attended a seminar at Handheld Power University and stopped by both of Shindaiwas indoor and outdoor booths, qualified to enter a drawing for their choice of the newly released Shindaiwa products including the EB802 and EB8520 backpack blowers and T282 string trimmer. On Saturday afternoon, Shindaiwa drew the Power Passport winners. Not only did they depart the 2008 GIE+EXPO a little smarter about handheld power equipment but they also left with some brand new Shindaiwa equipment: Grand Prize Winner Carlos M. of St. Louis, MO winner of EB802, EB8520, and AH242 articulating hedge trimmer 1st Runner up William T. of Nashville, TN winner of EB802, T282, and $250 gas card 2nd Runner up Michael T. of Louisville, GA winner of EB8520 and a $100 gas card A world leader in producing commercial-grade outdoor power equipment and environmentally-friendly small engine technologies, Shindaiwa products are distributed exclusively through clean two-step distribution and independent servicing dealers. For more information, please contact Shindaiwa, Inc. Tualatin, Oregon (800) 521-7733. Or visit www.shindaiwa.com.