MACON, Ga. — The Certified Pest Control Operators of Georgia’s (CPCO of GA) 23rd annual Fall Conference will take place Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Edgar H. Wilson Convention Center in Macon, Ga. The conference is open to attendees from Georgia and the rest of the Southeast region, who are invited to get a first look at an electric vehicle customized for the pest control industry.
A “Plug-In Early” kickoff celebration will include a presentation from special guest Canoo, a startup American manufacturer of electric vehicles, followed by food, beverages and bingo.
“We anticipate a great opportunity for people to see Canoo’s electric vehicle that is customizable to the pest control industry and to network with other industry leaders while having a great time,” said CPCO of GA’s Executive Director Glenda Lehmberg.
Jeff Swaney, CPCO education committee member and owner of Atlanta-based TruNorth Pest Control, first reached out to Canoo about the pest control industry.
"Canoo has a focus on developing customized vehicle delivery solutions geared for small businesses,” said Swaney. “They have been extremely open and willing to working with TruNorth and the industry in developing a PCO-specific electric service vehicle. The opportunity to take Canoo's ‘skateboard’ platform and create equipment, product and systems integration/customization will lead to great gains in efficiency in both money and time, while helping PCOs to deliver a more consistent product." (To learn more about how PCOs are using electric vehicles, click here.)
Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, running for Georgia Senate in 2022, plans to attend the Plug-In Early event.
“I always support advancement that benefits business,” he said. “I am proud to represent a state that is a leader in so many ways. It is a great opportunity to show Southern hospitality and be the first state to showcase innovation for the future.”
Gary Gumushian, Canoo’s global vice president of commercial sales and business development, said, “We created our multi-purpose delivery vehicle from the inside out, with the ergonomics of the driver in mind and with attention to detail to help them be happier and more productive at work. The design of the model, paired with the best-in-class total cost of ownership, also makes it a great option for the vast pest management industry, as well as independent contractors, utilities, service technicians and many more.
“When Jeff Swaney reached out to me about the pest management industry, I had no idea how large this business sector was and knew it was a great partnership to form. We are looking forward to attending and exhibiting our multi-purpose delivery vehicle at the CPCO of GA conference. We will have a vehicle on site and a configuration that can be adapted for pest management.”
Along with Canoo, dozens of other exhibitors are anticipated to attend the conference. The one-and-a-half-day training will include CEU credit hours pending approval from Georgia and eight other states. The schedule includes a manager’s advancement program in which decision-makers will participate in business-focused topics. Incorporated in their schedule will be a ticket for the Plug-In Early event, a Q&A session with a Canoo representative and a speed-dating hour with participating vendors.