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STIHL Becomes Gold Level Partner to Professional Grounds Management Society

Increases support for professionalism
Release Date: 2/21/2012
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(Virginia Beach, VA) — STIHL Inc., manufacturer of the number-one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America*, increased its sponsorship of the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) for 2012 from a Silver Level to a Gold Elite Level Partner in Professionalism sponsor, which includes sponsorship of the education program at the PGMS School of Grounds Management at the Green Industry and Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO). PGMS was established in 1911 as a professional society for individuals in grounds management careers for the purpose of education and professional advancement.
“PGMS is delighted that STIHL, one of our original Elite Partners in Education, has stepped up to the Gold Elite level for 2012,” said Tom Shaner of PGMS. “ This is a reflection on not only the importance of PGMS but on STIHL’s commitment to helping grounds managers advance themselves professionally and, in so doing, better focus on sustainable landscapes for the future.”
The majority of PGMS members are institutional grounds managers who work for organizations such as colleges and universities, municipalities, park and recreation facilities, office parks, apartment complexes, hotels/motels, cemeteries, theme parks, and landscape management companies.
 “We are proud to continue our sponsorship with the Professional Grounds Management Society, as the organization represents a large number of professionals who use our products every day to be efficient in their work and who believe in our brand,” said Roger Phelps, promotional communication manager for STIHL Inc. “The PGMS promotes sustainable practices, and STIHL strongly believes in supporting environmentally responsible endeavors in the industry, so aligning with this organization is a great fit for us.” 
For more information on PGMS visit For more information on STIHL, 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 2009-2011 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.
About Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS):

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) is an individual membership society of grounds professionals advancing the grounds management profession through education and professional development. The ultimate goals are to assist the individual manager in developing techniques and management skills to assure an outstanding grounds management program for his or her organization, clients or employers and upgrade the level of the profession.
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