This year is shaping up to be a big one for the Toro Company which is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
A lot has happened in the equipment industry since The Toro Motor Company was founded July 10, 1914 to build engines for The Bull Tractor Company in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The company has grown to be a worldwide provider of turf, landscape, rental and construction equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. Sales in 2013 were more than $2 billion and its presence extends to more than 90 countries.
To honor the occasion, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed July 10, 2014 Toro Day in Minnesota. The announcement coincided with an event in Bloomington, Minnesota where more than 2,000 employees, retirees, channel and business partners, and other valued guests gathered at the company’s headquarters.
“As we celebrate our first 100 years, it is truly gratifying to be surrounded by many of those who played such a significant role in the company’s success,” said Michael J. Hoffman, Toro’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We are honored to have such talented employees around the world and individuals who have served the company throughout our history, along with great channel and business partners, who work every day to serve our customers and help advance our efforts in the industry. And, I especially want to thank Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead for joining our centennial celebration and honoring the people of Toro.”
“Part of the mentality of Toro is reaching out to its customers and to the communities, and developing high-quality products while strengthening your market through innovation,” Dayton said. “I don’t think that the founder could have imagined 100 years ago that Toro would grow to be a Fortune 1000 company, or that more importantly, you’d be a leading corporate citizen in Minnesota. Your contributions to this state have been enormous.”
Winstead added, “Toro is an important partner in the Bloomington community, and is a company that has endured because of its commitment to customer service and innovation. I urge all citizens to recognize and celebrate the 100th anniversary of this valued business and community partner within the city of Bloomington.”
Among the many events taking place, invited guests were able to see the unveiling of a new history display featuring an extensive collection of vintage products from throughout the company’s first 100 years — including the first Toro-branded piece of equipment, the legendary To-Ro power cultivator introduced in 1919.
Also on display were many of the company’s current products for golf courses, sports fields, parks and municipalities, construction, professional contractors, homeowners and agricultural growers.
During its centennial year, the company’s many locations around the world have focused on giving back in communities where employees live and work. This has included Toro’s “100 Acts of Caring” initiative, planting 100 trees in each Toro community worldwide, and a Centennial Legacy Grant Program supporting nonprofits in their efforts to beautify and preserve outdoor environments, and enhance green spaces.
Complete details of Toro’s 100-year history can be found at toro.com/100.Tags: anniversary, celebration, Toro