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NEW ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPED FOR PORTABLE LAWN & GARDEN ENGINES

 First To Meet New Clean Air Standards
 EASLEY, S.C., Nov. 17 ~PRNewswire~ -- Ryobi North America today


announced a major breakthrough in the development of a new type of portable gasoline engine that is the first to meet all proposed clean air emissions standards, including 1999 California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations.
 Ryobi made the announcement to coincide with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public meeting being held Nov. 16-17 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The EPA meeting is the agency's first public forum to discuss regulations to control emissions from non-road power sources, including lawn and garden equipment. Representatives from environmental groups, industry associations and regulatory agencies were invited to participate.
 The new engine, called the Ryobi CleanAir Engine, is designed to power portable utility and lawn and garden tools, such as grass and weed trimmers. The new engine does not require converters or special fuels to achieve reduced emission levels. Ryobi prototypes have already proven themselves in performance and air quality tests. Testing completed on Nov. 6 confirmed that the engine can meet 1999 CARB emission standards. Ryobi grass and weed trimmers with the new engine will be available in early 1994 at a price comparable to other top-of-the-line trimmers.
 Development of the CleanAir Engine began in earnest in 1989 as part of a Ryobi corporate initiative to produce a line of environmentally friendly products. The timing was right, because, in 1991, California became the first state to propose regulating emissions from small engines. Other states are now expected to follow the California lead.
 Ryobi Senior Vice President William McLay said, "This new CleanAir Engine demonstrates that there is practical technology available today to meet even the toughest clean air standards for utility and lawn and garden equipment. It also demonstrates the value of adopting standards, like California's, that focus on engine function rather than engine design. That kind of approach opens the door to innovation and lets the marketplace respond."
 The Ryobi CleanAir Engine is a one-horsepower, 26.2 cc, four-cycle engine weighing under eight pounds. It is the first four-cycle engine small enough for practical hand-held utility use. Other engines of comparable size (smaller than 50 cc) generally fall into the two-cycle category. Current two-cycle engine design does not meet CARB standards without expensive or impractical modifications.
 Besides producing fewer emissions than other comparable engines, the Ryobi CleanAir Engine also produces less noise, uses 30 percent less fuel, and does not require oil and gas mixing.
 Ryobi's American and Japanese designers and engineers worked together to develop the CleanAir Engine. An American created the engine design and Japanese engineers refined it using precision technology. It will initially be manufactured in the U.S. using mainly American components, and will be sold here as well as abroad as a U.S. export.
 Ryobi employs 3,100 American workers. The company produces power tools, outdoor power equipment, builders' hardware and floor care products at manufacturing facilities in South Carolina and Arizona. Ryobi is based in Easley.
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 ~EDITORS: A comparison bar chart of engine exhaust emissions and engine component line art are available by calling the contact. Interviews with senior vice president William McLay can also be arranged by calling the contact.~
 ~CONTACT: Frank Coots of Elisco & Herrmann PR, 412-824-8010, for Ryobi North America~


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