Toro celebrated its 100th anniversary on July 10 with more than 2,000 employees, retirees, channel and business partners and other guests participating at the company’s Bloomington, Min., headquarters. Minnesota governor Mark Dayton presented an official proclamation declaring “Toro Day” in 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 Toro chairman and CEO Michael Hoffman.

“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,” said Governor Dayton. “I don’t think that the founder could have imagined 100 years ago that Toro would grow to be a Fortune 1000 company. Your contributions to this state have been enormous.”

The company unveiled a new history display featuring an extensive collection of vintage products from the company’s first 100 years, including the first Toro-branded piece of equipment, the To-Ro power cultivator introduced in 1919.

Toro also took the opportunity to present Toronto-based Trenchless Utility Equipment with the 2014 “Excellence in Toro Underground” recognition, which annually recognizes one outstanding dealer partner that performed at an especially high level.