Milwaukee, Wis., (May 25, 2012) — Nikos Phelps of Utopian Landscapes, LLC Harrisburg, PA recently took delivery of his new Snapper Pro S75x from Mesick’s Equipment in Abbottstown, PA. Phelps was the highest bidder in the PLANET auction held on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 during PLANET’s Welcome Reception – the kickoff event for the Green Industry Conference. All proceeds from the auction go to support PLANET’s government affairs and the PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation (PLANET AEF).
Supplier members were encouraged to enter their equipment as items in the auction to position the company as an advocate for solving two of the industry’s issues: workforce development (student education through PLANET AEF) and the current labor situation (immigration reform through legislative efforts). With regard to the auction, companies had the option to direct the proceeds to either cause (PLANET AEF or PLANET’s legislative activities) or to both (50% and 50%). The bidding began at the equipment’s actual cost (not the retail price).
Information on the Academic Excellence Foundation including its history can be found below:
The objectives of PLANET’s Government Affairs committee are as follows:
- To provide central executive level responsibility for coordinating activities between PLANET and government at all levels.
- To help identify specific areas of legislative and regulatory interest to the green industry, and develop policy positions on such issues.
- To maintain an early warning and action call system for governmental activities of concern to the green industry.
- To monitor and report on selective areas of legislative, and regulatory activity of importance to the lawn care industry in the states.
A more comprehensive snapshot of what we do can be found using the link below:
“This year was the first year Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group has participated in PLANET’s auction,” said Bill Bower, Manger of Key Accounts. “It's a great event for a great cause. “We plan to continue support for events like this as well as other PLANET events in 2013.”
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