STIHL INC. CONFIRMS TWO-YEAR SPONSORSHIP OF RENO AIR RACING ASSOCIATION AS TITLE SPONSOR OF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AIR RACES

National Championship Air Races

Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) is pleased to announce STIHL Inc. has extended its sponsorship contract as Title Sponsor for the 2018 and 2019 National Championship Air Races as well as the airing of the NBC Sports episodes of the races in 2019 and 2020. The 55th annual STIHL National Championship Air Races are scheduled Sept. 12-16, 2018 at the Reno-Stead Airport.

“Organizing and putting on the National Championship Air Races is a tremendous undertaking each year, and we are delighted to partner with STIHL to help bring this incredible event to our fans and for the future events to come,” said Fred Telling, CEO of RARA.

“We were first introduced to the National Championship Air Races by our employee, Andrew Findlay, who races in the sport class,” said Roger Phelps, corporate communications manager of STIHL Inc. “We were so impressed with the event, its popularity and its strong following of fans that it was an obvious choice for us to grow our support. We are proud to be a part of bringing this unique and exciting event to air enthusiasts from around the world.”

STIHL, the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America*, is known for power, precision and quality engineering. The company offers a full line of high-quality, handheld outdoor power equipment including blowers, trimmers, brushcutters, multi-task tools, and chain saws. STIHL products are available only through STIHL servicing dealers, not big box stores.

Tickets are on sale for the 55th annual STIHL National Championship Air Races scheduled Sept. 12-16, 2018 at Reno Stead Airport. For more information, tickets, or to volunteer, visit http://airrace.org.

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About the Reno Air Racing Association:

The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA), a 501(c)(3), holds the National Championship Air Races every September just north of Reno. The Reno Air Races have become an institution for northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world. Independent economic impact studies have shown that our event generates as much as $91.7 million annually for our local economy. The event features six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civilian flight demonstrations. For more information on the National Championship Air Races, to obtain media credentials, volunteer or purchase tickets for this year’s event, visit www.airrace.org.

About STIHL Inc.

STIHL Inc. manufactures the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America,* as well as the number one selling brand of chain saws in the world. STIHL is also the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment among U.S. landscape professionals.** STIHL products are sold through servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast – not big box stores. Located in Virginia Beach, Va., STIHL Inc., the headquarters for U.S. operations for the worldwide STIHL Group, exports to over 90 countries around the world; and the majority of STIHL products sold in America are also built in America.*** 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), visit STIHLusa.com or text your zip code to 78445.

*”Number one selling brand” is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2017 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers. **“Number one selling” claim based on 2007-2017 syndicated Irwin Broh Research of the U.S. professional landscaper market. ***A majority of STIHL gasoline-powered units sold in the United States are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

STIHL is pleased to support the work of Independent We Stand, the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), National FFA, National Association of Landscape Professionals, the National Recreation and Parks Association, the National Association of State Park Directors, the North American Retail Hardware Association, the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance and Team Rubicon.

For information on job opportunities with STIHL Inc., please go to www.stihlcareers.com. STIHL is an EEO and drug-free work environment.

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