History

History

  • 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. 1914
  • 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. 1919
  • 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. 1922
  • 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. 1924
  • 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. 1925
  • 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. 1942
  • 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. 1948
  • 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. 1951
  • 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. 1952
  • Cutting edge innovation enables Toro to take the lead in the power mower industry for the first time. 1954
  • Toro enters the underground irrigation business with the acquisition of Moist O’ Matic of Riverside, California, and pioneers the use of plastics in irrigation. 1962
  • Continued innovation and strong customer relationships propel Toro to #1 in golf course irrigation. 1972
  • Toro strengthens its position in the landscape contractor business with the acquisition of Exmark Manufacturing of Beatrice, Nebraska. 1997
  • Toro celebrates its Centennial and Legacy of Excellence.
     
    Toro enters the professional snow & ice management business through the acquisition of BOSS Snowplow of Iron Mountain, Michigan. 2014
  • Toro 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 seven other leading underground construction brands. 2019

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.