Toro hits centennial, celebrates in Bloomington

July 11, 2014 -  By
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From left: Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead; Jeff Appelquist, author of Toro’s centennial book, ‘Legacy of Excellence’; Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton; and Toro CEO and Chairman Michael Hoffman.

The Toro Co. celebrated its 100th anniversary July 10 as more than 2,000 employees, retirees, channel and business partners and other guests gathered at the company’s headquarters in Bloomington, Minn.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead also attended the event, presenting the official proclamation declaring “Toro Day” in the State of Minnesota.

“As we celebrate our first 100 years, it was truly gratifying to be surrounded by many of those who played such a significant role in the company’s success,” said Michael Hoffman, Toro’s chairman and CEO. “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.”

Dayton added: “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. 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.”

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Toro distributors and guests viewing the company’s collection of vintage equipment.

Among the other festivities, invited guests were able to see the unveiling of a new history display featuring an extensive collection of vintage products from throughout 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 locations have focused on giving back in communities where employees live and work, worldwide. 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.

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