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history

 

MTD's original founders, Theo Moll, Emil Jochum, and Erwin Gerhard, were entrepreneurs who set out from Germany to create jobs for themselves and others in America. They believed people were what made the difference and the business they would come to build in MTD was a gift from God. They believed in stewardship, integrity, respect, and passion, and in being good stewards of this gift with which they had been blessed. MTD continues their legacy today by holding true to these core values, giving back to the people and communities we call home, creating jobs, and developing innovative products to inspire people all over the world to care for and enjoy the outdoors.

1932

Theo Moll, Emil Jochum, and Erwin Gerhard formed partnership; purchased assets and goodwill of the Modern Tool & Die Co. on Power Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio.

1935

MTD began manufacturing Egry registers.

1936

MTD produced its first automotive stampings products with grilles for Graham-Paige automobiles.

1944

MTD became a major supplier of military items such as "Mess Kits."

1949

Theo Moll purchased the Old Oak Tree and the land that would later become MTD's corporate campus.

1952

MTD began manufacturing and marketing pedal bikes, kiddie cars, and playground equipment.

1954

MTD entered the garden equipment industry with wheelbarrows.

1959

MTD began manufacturing lawn mowers, garden tractors, and other outdoor power equipment.

1968

Snow blower production began.

1979

MTD headquarters was established in Valley City, Ohio alongside the Old Oak Tree.

1981

MTD acquired the Cub Cadet® product line from International Harvester.

1995

MTD purchased Gutbrod AG in Saarbrücken, Germany, to better serve the European marketplace.

2001

MTD acquired Troy-Bilt® from GardenWay®.

2009

MTD purchased WOLF-Garten®.

2010

MTD acquired Rover Mowers of Brisbane, Australia.

2016

MTD acquired Advanced Turf Technology.

2017

MTD acquired Robomow®.

2019

Stanley Black & Decker purchased a 20% stake in MTD Products.