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Kawasaki Grand Rapids Facility

Kawasaki made the decision to move many of its functions to a single location to encourage collaboration amongst the sales, research, engineering and dealer support teams. The Grand Rapids location is also near many of its major OEM customers as well as engineering talent from the Detroit and Chicago areas.

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The 2016 Green Industry & Equipment Expo (GIE+Expo) was even bigger than the last two record-setting years. Registration was up over 11% from last year and there were a total of 900 GIE+Expo and Hardscape North America exhibitors, including 230 new exhibitors. The indoor show floor, at 80,000 square feet, was up 17% over last year and the outdoor demonstration area increased an acre to 20 acres.

Rural Lifestyle Dealer’s team of editors canvassed the show floor and outdoor demo areas to learn about the latest technologies, expanded product lines and new entrants to the market.

Here is a round-up of new introductions across a variety of product segments.

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Share the experience of driving in the Flint Hills of Kansas through these images shot by Doug Neufeld, who recently retired as CEO of Prairieland Partners.

Product Innovations Unveiled at GIE+Expo

The 2015 Green Industry & Equipment Expo, or GIE+Expo, held in Louisville, Ky., was the largest yet, topping even last year's record-setting show. Dealer registrations are were up 11% over 2014 and total registrations are estimated to have increased 16%. The show gained 193 new exhibitors for a total of over 850 indoor and outdoor exhibits.

To catch all the new products in action and interview dealers and manufacturers, Rural Lifestyle Dealer's writers covered the grounds over the 3 days of the event. Among the lawn and garden and outdoor power product innovations that caught our editors' eyes were new and expanded lines of zero-turn mowers, updates to UTVs and battery-powered equipment.

On the following pages, you will find many new products. Additional new product coverage can be found on our website at


Latest news and announcements from the floor of the 2015 GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Ky.

GVL Poly Introduces Leonardo Smart Moulding Machine

GVL Poly recently announced the addition of the Leonardo Smart Rotational Moulding Machine to its Hesston, Kan., facility. GVL is the first company in North America to add the technology, which is developed by Persico Rotomoulding of Italy. GVL, which is based in Litchfield, Minn., produces polymer parts for agricultural, commercial and industrial industries. The Leonardo machine is the first rotomoulding machine with a fully automated cycle.

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