History

  • Toro unveils its GeoLink Solutions Autonomous Fairway Mower to help golf customers deliver more consistent results, increase productivity and alleviate the issues of labor shortages.Toro’s GeoLink Solutions Autonomous Fairway Mower – helping golf customers deliver more consistent results, increase productivity and alleviate the issues of labor shortages.
  • Featuring the industry’s first vision-based localization system and wire-free navigation, Toro’s new robotic, battery-powered lawnmower represents the latest in smart, connected technology for homeowners and their yards.Toro’s new robotic mower for homeowners - featuring the industry’s first vision-based localization system and wire-free navigation. This battery-powered lawnmower represents the latest in smart, connected technology for homeowners and their yards.
  • The Toro Company expands its portfolio and becomes an even stronger player in the large and rapidly growing zero-turn mower market with the acquisition of Intimidator Group, manufacturer of Spartan Mowers.The Toro Company acquires Intimidator Group, manufacturer of Spartan Mowers, to expand its portfolio and become an even stronger player in the large and rapidly growing zero-turn mower market.
  • The Toro Company acquires Left Hand Robotics, reinforcing its commitment to building expertise in alternative power, autonomous and smart-connected products. Left Hand Robotics - The Toro Company acquires Left Hand Robotics, reinforcing its commitment to building expertise in alternative power, autonomous and smart-connected products.
  • The Toro Company acquires Portugal-based Turflynx, recognized for introducing the golf industry’s first fully autonomous, all-electric fairway mower in 2016. Turf Lynx - The Toro Company acquires Turf Lynx, recognized for introducing the golf industry’s first fully autonomous, all-electric fairway mower in 2016.
  • The Toro Company acquires Venture Products, Inc., the manufacturer of Ventrac-branded turf, landscape, and snow and ice management equipment for the grounds, landscape contractor, golf, municipal and rural acreage markets.Venture Products, Inc. - The Toro Company acquires Venture Products, Inc., the manufacturer of Ventrac-branded turf, landscape, and snow and ice management equipment for the grounds, landscape contractor, golf, municipal and rural acreage markets.
  • The Toro Company assumes a leadership position in the underground construction industry through the acquisition of Charles Machine Works of Perry, Oklahoma, the parent company of Ditch Witch® and other leading underground construction brands. Charles Machine Works - The Toro Company acquires Charles Machine Works of Perry, Oklahoma, the parent company of Ditch Witch and other leading underground construction brands.
  • The Toro Company celebrates its Centennial and Legacy of Excellence.
     
    The company enters the professional snow & ice management business through the acquisition of BOSS Snowplow of Iron Mountain, Michigan. The Toro Company celebrates its Centennial and enters the professional snow and ice management business through the acquisition of BOSS Snowplow of Iron Mountain, Michigan.
  • The Toro Company strengthens its position in the landscape contractor business with the acquisition of Exmark Manufacturing of Beatrice, Nebraska. Exmark Manufacturing - The Toro Company strengthens its position in the landscape contractor business with the acquisition of Exmark Manufacturing of Beatrice, Nebraska.
  • Continued innovation and strong customer relationships propel Toro to #1 in golf course irrigation. Continued innovation and strong customer relationships propel Toro to #1 in golf course irrigation.
  • Toro enters the underground irrigation business with the acquisition of Moist O’ Matic of Riverside, California, and pioneers the use of plastics in irrigation. Moist O’ Matic - Toro enters the underground irrigation business with the acquisition of Moist O’ Matic of Riverside, California, and pioneers the use of plastics in irrigation.
  • Cutting edge innovation enables Toro to take the lead in the power mower industry for the first time. Cutting-edge innovation enables Toro to take the lead in the power mower industry for the first time.
  • Toro opens a unique engineering and agronomic research, development and test facility in Bloomington, Minnesota. Dr. James Watson joins the company and conducts revolutionary agronomic studies at the site. Watson becomes a world renown leader in agronomics. Toro opens the world’s first agronomic research, development and test facility in Bloomington, Minnesota. Dr. James Watson joins the company and conducts revolutionary agronomic studies at the site. Watson becomes a world renown leader in agronomics.
  • Toro enters the snow blower business with the introduction of the industrial-grade Snow Boy. The first Toro homeowner snow blower, the Snow Hound, is introduced the following year. Toro enters the snow blower business with the introduction of the industrial-grade Snow Boy. The first Toro homeowner snow blower, the Snow Hound, is introduced the following year.
  • Toro enters the rotary lawnmower business with the acquisition of the Whirlwind Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Toro transforms this small niche product into a dominant factor in the industry by introducing a new enclosed deck design helping eliminate consumer concerns. Toro enters the rotary lawnmower business with the acquisition of the Whirlwind Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Toro transforms this small niche product into a dominant factor in the industry by introducing a new enclosed deck design helping eliminate consumer concerns.
  • Toro ceases production of domestic products to manufacture goods to support the U.S. war effort during WWII, after having successfully establishing itself as a global leader in the golf and all phases of the professional and fledgling residential mower industries. Toro ceases production of domestic products to manufacture goods to support the U.S. war effort during World ar Two, after having successfully establishing itself as a global leader in the golf maintenance, professional and residential mower industries.
  • The combination of an expansive line of innovative products backed by customer-focused distributors helps Toro become the #1 manufacturer of golf maintenance equipment and irrigation solutions in the world. The combination of an expansive line of innovative products backed by customer-focused distributors helps Toro become the #1 manufacturer of golf maintenance equipment and irrigation solutions in the world.
  • Toro introduces its first power mower, the rugged and highly versatile 30-inch Park Special. An industry standard, the Park Special becomes a leading seller through 1961 when it is displaced by demand for rotary mowers. Toro introduces its first power mower, the rugged and highly versatile 30-inch Park Special. An industry standard, the Park Special becomes a leading seller through 1961 when it is displaced by demand for rotary mowers.
  • Toro’s innovative president, John Samuel Clapper, establishes the first national network of golf course equipment distributors to provide a ready local supply of product and the expert advice and service that superintendents highly value. Toro president John Samuel Clapper establishes the first national network of golf course equipment distributors to provide a local supply of product and the expert advice and service that superintendents highly value.
  • Toro invents The Toro Standard Golf Machine, the industry’s first mechanized fairway mower, for the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, thus creating the mechanized golf course equipment industry. Toro invents The Toro Standard Golf Machine, the industry’s first mechanized fairway mower, for the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, thus creating the mechanized golf course equipment industry.
  • The Toro Motor Company is founded on July 10, 1914 to build engines for the #1 brand of farm tractors in the United States – The Bull Tractor Company. The name “Toro” is chosen because of the company’s association with Bull. The Toro Motor Company is founded on July 10, 1914 to build engines for the #1 brand of farm tractors in the United States – The Bull Tractor Company. The name “Toro” is chosen because of the company’s association with Bull.

Our Company

At The Toro Company, we take great pride in helping our customers enrich the beauty, productivity, and sustainability of the land. Founded in 1914, The Toro Company was built on a tradition of quality and caring relationships. Today, the company is a leading worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor environment including turf maintenance, snow and ice management, landscape, rental and specialty construction equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. Through a strong network of professional distributors, dealers and retailers in more than 125 countries, we proudly offer a wide range of products across a family of global brands to help golf courses, professional contractors, groundskeepers, agricultural growers, rental companies, government and educational institutions, and homeowners – in addition to many leading sports venues and historic sites around the world.