More than 170 attendees from 19 countries are arriving this week for Bandit Industries' triennial dealer meeting, taking place Aug. 23-26 in and around the company's central Michigan headquarters and manufacturing facilities between Mount Pleasant and Remus.
This year the attendees — some from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Poland and all throughout Europe, South America and Asia — will be brought up to date on Bandit's entire line, including 15 products that have been introduced in the past two years.
Five new machines will be introduced at the meeting, and three concept machines will be unveiled that feature new electric and hybrid technologies. The dealers will learn how to best apply these products in the markets in which they are used.
“We are exceptionally strong in the tree care and biomass energy markets,” said Jerry Morey, president of Bandit Industries. “Biomass energy is an increasingly important market for us and we are involved in many biomass energy projects throughout the world. Most people do not realize that more than half of all renewable energy in the world comes from biomass. Hydroelectric is the second leading energy supplier, with wind, solar, and geothermal combined accounting for about eleven percent. The demand for biomass will quadruple by 2014 as more plants go online. Our whole tree chippers and Beast recyclers are playing — and will continue to play — a big role in fueling these plants.”