Wednesday April 25, 2007
Louisville’s lawn care companies have a new incentive this year to improve the community’s air. STIHL Inc. and distributor Bryan Equipment Sales are donating $10,000 to the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District’s Lawn Care Rebate program. Virginia Beach based STIHL Inc. manufactures handheld outdoor power equipment, including string trimmers and backpack blowers. Bryan Equipment, based in Loveland, Ohio, exclusively distributes STIHL products.
The money will be used to give lawn-maintenance professionals $50 per unit in rebates to trade in their old trimmers and backpack blowers for new, low-emission 4-MIX® trimmers and 4-MIX® backpack blowers. The following three local STIHL dealers are participating in the program:
- Bluegrass Lawn and Garden, 12711 Dixie Highway, (502) 933-1724
- Louisville Tractor, 1675 Watterson Trail, (502) 267-8237
- The Mower Shop, 7400 Preston Highway, (502) 969-6433
STIHL Inc. President Fred Whyte said, “We appreciate the opportunity to support a program that makes it easier for landscape companies to trade up to newer, low-emission models that improve the environment for all of us. This is a great example of what can be accomplished when municipalities, manufacturers, distributors and dealers all work together to address air pollution concerns.”
The purpose of the rebate program is to reduce hydrocarbon emissions from gasoline engines that contribute to ground level ozone formation. Ground-level ozone impairs lung function, inhibits plant growth, and is a key ingredient of smog.
“The Lawn Care Rebate program is already making a positive impact on Louisville’s air quality. Gifts like this one from STIHL and Bryan Equipment help us make a larger impact by reaching those for whom lawn care is life,” added Art Williams, Director of the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District.
Rick Bryan IV, vice president and general manager of Bryan Equipment Sales, credits the Louisville Metro Air Pollution District with the foresight in developing the Lawn Care Rebate program and the three STIHL retailers for promoting the program and making it available to their customers, “The District had the vision, and the STIHL dealers are helping bring that vision to fruition. We are pleased to be a part of making a cleaner Louisville.”
The STIHL 4-MIX® engine combines the benefits of 2-cycle and 4-cycle technologies. Because of its innovative design, it burns fuel more efficiently, releasing fewer hydrocarbon emissions into the air, exceeding current Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) low emissions requirements. In fact, the STIHL 4-MIX® backpack blowers and STIHL FS 130 R string trimmers offer the cleanest running engines in their respective classes, according to data currently on the EPA Web site.
Through its various rebate efforts, the Air Pollution Control District has given out a total of $7,000 to Louisville businesses and residents in an effort to reduce pollution from lawn care equipment.
For more information call 574-5322 or visit the District’s Web site: www.louisvilleky.gov/APCD.
For more information on STIHL products, visit your local retailer, call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445) or visit STIHL’s Web site at www.stihlusa.com.