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Toro breaks ground on new distribution center in Iowa

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The facility will support manufacturing operations in Minnesota and Nebraska to improve efficiencies.

| March 20, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Minn.– In an effort to support growth and improve operational efficiency, The Toro Co. is partnering with Ryan Cos. to build a 450,000 square-foot distribution center near Des Moines, Iowa, Toro said in a release. Toro will ultimately lease the facility from Ryan once construction is completed later this year. At that time, Toro will transition distribution operations from its current facilities in Lakeville, Minn., and Beatrice, Neb., to the new Des Moines facility. The facility will employ approximately 20 people.

The new location will primarily distribute Toro and Exmark-branded residential and landscape contractor turf maintenance equipment to distributors, dealers and The Home Depot in the U.S. and Canada. These products are mostly produced at the company’s manufacturing facilities in Windom, Minn., and Beatrice, Toro said.

“With growth in our residential and landscape contractor businesses, this larger facility creates expansion flexibility as we work towards our Destination 2014 revenue and profitability goals, and operational efficiencies by being in close proximity to both our Windom and Beatrice manufacturing plants,” said Judy Altmaier, vice president of operations and quality management at The Toro Co. “The Des Moines location also provides good transportation infrastructure and site access. We are excited to partner with Ryan on this project given our strong relationship, and their role in building our Tomah, WI, distribution center in 2010.”

“Ryan is honored to have earned the trust of Toro on this new build project in Des Moines,” said Casey Hankinson, vice president of development at Ryan Companies. “We competed against several strong teams for this opportunity and through Ryan’s integrated project delivery platform we are able to provide Toro with a new distribution center that fits their needs at a competitive price. Ryan has enjoyed its business relationship with Toro and has the utmost respect for their company and the people that are working with us on this project.”

“Job creation is foremost in our economic development strategy for Iowa,” said Terry E. Branstad, Governor of Iowa. “The Toro Company will create at least 20 high quality jobs with this distribution center, jobs that could have gone somewhere else. We welcome Toro to Iowa and we look forward to their successful partnership with Ryan Companies in developing this project.”

“Ankeny is pleased that The Toro Company has made the decision to invest in our community,” said Ankeny Mayor Steve Van Oort. “The company's choice affirms that Ankeny is a place where businesses can be successful.”

"Congratulations to Toro and Ryan Companies on this exciting venture," said economic development leader Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. "Central Iowa's strategic location central to the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago, Kansas City and Omaha metros offers Toro key competitive strength for distribution and logistics, which will help them in accomplishing their growth goals. We were pleased to work with our partners in Ankeny and the State of Iowa in assisting Toro and Ryan Companies in creating jobs and expanding business opportunity in Central Iowa."

Added Brad Schoenfelder, vice president of development at Ryan Companies, “This is not only a vote of confidence in Ryan Companies, but also in Iowa. We are pleased our proven track record with Toro helped tee up this opportunity for the Greater Des Moines area.”
 

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