OPEI opens new headquarters building The Building purchase marks the next stage in the continued growth of the trade association.

Members of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)’s Board of Directors and more than 100 partners and friends get ready to cut the ceremonial ribbon on May 7, 2018 to open the association’s new headquarters building in Old Town Alexandria, Va. OPEI is an international trade association representing more than 100 power equipment, engine and utility vehicle manufacturers and suppliers.
More than 100 members, partners, and friends were on hand as the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute officially opened its new headquarters building in Alexandria, marking a new stage in the growth of the association.
The Mayor of Alexandria, Allison Silberberg, celebrates with OPEI board members and Kris Kiser, President and CEO of OPEI. Pictured left to right: Tom Duncan, President & CEO, Positec; Daniel T. Ariens, Chairman & CEO, Ariens Company, and Chair of the OPEI Board of Directors; Mayor Allison Silberberg; Kris Kiser; Ed Cohen, Vice President – Government and Industry Relations – American Honda Motor Co., Inc.; Tom Cromwell, Group President – Power, Kohler Company; and Bjoern Fischer, President, STIHL Incorporated.
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s members got to work right away in their new headquarters building, using their conference center for a meeting, on the day they officially opened their building in Alexandria, Va. As a trade group with members in Europe, Japan, China, and across the United States, OPEI holds global meetings, and the association wanted to be able to host these events in person and virtually.

“This is an exciting moment in the history of OPEI. As this year’s chairman, I’m proud to officially open our new headquarters for business,” says Dan Ariens, Chairman and CEO of Ariens Co., and OPEI Board Chairman. “Since it was founded more than 60 years ago, OPEI has grown in scope and stature, and it’s well-positioned to continue its advocacy on behalf of the outdoor power equipment industry.”

Thirty years ago the OPEI Board of Directors moved the association from Washington, D.C., to Alexandria, VA, to build and own its headquarters building.

In 2017, OPEI’s Board voted to sell its existing building and acquire 1605 King St., representing a multi-million-dollar investment.

The new building, in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, sits one block from the D.C. Metro, and just four miles from National Airport. Its state-of-the-art conference center is designed to accommodate OPEI’s increasingly large committee meetings.

“As a trade group with members in Europe, Japan, China, and across the United States, we have global meetings, and we wanted to be able to host them in person and virtually. Now, we’re better suited to host ISO, IEC, and other international gatherings,” says Kris Kiser, OPEI president and CEO.

“We’re excited to begin the next phase of our growth in our continued service of the outdoor power equipment industry,” Kiser says.

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