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.
Theo Moll, Emil Jochum, and Erwin Gerhard formed partnership; purchased assets and goodwill of the Modern Tool & Die Co. on Power Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio.
MTD began manufacturing Egry registers.
MTD produced its first automotive stampings products with grilles for Graham-Paige automobiles.
MTD became a major supplier of military items such as "Mess Kits."
Theo Moll purchased the Old Oak Tree and the land that would later become MTD's corporate campus.
MTD began manufacturing and marketing pedal bikes, kiddie cars, and playground equipment.
MTD entered the garden equipment industry with wheelbarrows.
MTD began manufacturing lawn mowers, garden tractors, and other outdoor power equipment.
Snow blower production began.
MTD headquarters was established in Valley City, Ohio alongside the Old Oak Tree.
MTD acquired the Cub Cadet® product line from International Harvester.
MTD purchased Gutbrod AG in Saarbrücken, Germany, to better serve the European marketplace.
MTD acquired Troy-Bilt® from GardenWay®.
MTD purchased WOLF-Garten®.
MTD acquired Rover Mowers of Brisbane, Australia.
MTD acquired Advanced Turf Technology.
MTD acquired Robomow®.
Stanley Black & Decker purchased a 20% stake in MTD Products.