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OPEI Names Four New Members
Apr 4, 2006
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The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) announced that ITW-Fastex, Miniature Precision Components (MPC), Inc., Parker Hannifin, and E-Z-GO, A Textron Company have joined the organization.

"I am delighted to welcome these companies to the OPEI team," stated OPEI President and CEO Bill Harley. "Their involvement and leadership will be a great asset to OPEI."

Founded in 1954, E-Z-GO joined Textron in 1961. E-Z-GO, based in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., is a manufacturer of golf carts and utility vehicles with an extensive sales and service network.

ITW Fastex, a division of Illinois Tool Works, produces a line of safety related products including in-line fuel valves, fuel filters, fuel caps, safety switches, and other engineered components. "Joining OPEI is a very welcome step in our continuing effort to grow and expand our product offerings to the Outdoor Power Industry," explained Tim Stark, business unit manager, ITW Fastex.

Headquartered in Walworth, Wisconsin, U.S., MPC, Inc. has been a full service supplier of functional thermoplastic injection, extrusion and suction blow molded assemblies/subassemblies since 1972. MPC operates six manufacturing locations in the U.S. and Mexico. In 2004, sales at MPC exceeded U.S. $167 million.

Founded in 1918, Parker Hannifin is a worldwide manufacturer of motion and control technologies for a variety of commercial, industrial, mobile and aerospace markets. In 2005, the Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.-based company recorded sales over $8 billion. "As a market leader in hydrostatic pumps and motor systems for the turf equipment industry, we are excited about our new membership to OPEI," stated Jeff Osterman, marketing manager for Parker's Hydraulic Pump/Motor Division.

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