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PLANET Student Career Days Hosts Next Generation of Green Industry Leaders

Students Compete in STIHL Sponsored Events at 35th Annual PLANET Student Career Days
Release Date: 4/5/2011
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VIRGINIA BEACH , Va. – Over 870 students from 60 colleges converged upon Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Ill., for the 35th annual Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Student Career Days, which took place March 16-20. PLANET Student Career Days is an annual three-day competition, networking and career development event for students enrolled in green industry programs at two- and four-year colleges and universities from across the country. STIHL Inc ., manufacturer of the number one selling brand of handheld outdoor power equipment in America*, again supported the event as the platinum sponsor and organizer of two competitions.  

“We at STIHL are excited to be a part of such an important event as PLANET Student Career Days,” said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager for STIHL Inc. “These students are the future of the green industry, and their passion and determination continues to inspire us year after y

This year’s top honors along with a $5,000 check from STIHL went to Brigham Young University-Provo.

“We are deeply grateful for all that STIHL does in supporting PLANET Student Career Days,” said Phil Allen of Brigham Young University-Provo. “We continue to place our graduates in excellent positions with top green industry companies, and owe much of this success to the great educational and networking opportunities that are available through attending Career Days. Competitions help prepare students for the real world by motivating them to do their best and learn from successes as well as failures.”

In addition to being the lead sponsor of the event, STIHL also was the lead organizer and sponsor of two competitions; Wood Construction and Small Engine Repair. Donnie Hill of DL Hardscapes planned and managed the Wood Construction event, and Eddie Anderson, technical training supervisor from STIHL Inc., led the Small Engine Repair event. Over 40 schools were involved in the engine repair event, where a written placement exam determined the top 10 contestants who then went on to a timed practical application event in real-world conditions. In the months leading up to the event, participants trained with materials provided by STIHL Inc. and also with regional STIHL technicians or local STIHL dealers. Trenton Spratling of Brigham Young University-Provo won the event with an overall score of 98.8.

STIHL also was a co-sponsor in several other competitions including:

  • Annual & Perennial Identification
  • Business Management
  • Landscape Maintenance Operation
  • Landscape Plant Installation
  • Paver/Hardscape Installation
  • Plant Problem Diagnosis
  • Woody Plant Identification

As a way to further encourage students involved in the study of landscaping and horticulture, STIHL Inc., which also sponsors the National FFA nursery and landscaping competition, provided funds for the top two national FFA teams (Southern Alamance FFA from North Carolina and Washington County FFA from Kansas) to travel to PLANET Student Career Days and compete in four college level events. The experience introduces the high school students to college programs from around the country, and they meet prospective employers at the Student Career Days Career Fair.

For more information on the events and a full list of PLANET Student Career Days winners, visit

About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America for homeowners and professional landscapers*, as well as the number one selling brand of chainsaws in the world. STIHL products are sold through servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast – not mass merchants. STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name of a local STIHL retailer, call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445) or visit the dealer locator on the STIHL website at
*"Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research (commercial landscapers) as well as independent consumer research of 2010 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.
STIHL is pleased to support the work of Independent We Stand, the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund), International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), National FFA, Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), and the National Association of State Park Directors.


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