The Toro Company Named Finalist for 14th Annual Tekne Awards

  The Toro Company Named Finalist for 14th Annual Tekne Awards

 Recognized as one of Minnesota’s top companies for innovation and technical
                                 development

Business Wire

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- October 1, 2013

The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) has named The Toro Company as a
finalist in the agricultural technology category for the 2013 Tekne Awards,
which will be held on November 6 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The
Tekne Awards honor Minnesota companies and individuals who have shown superior
technology innovation and leadership.

Recognized for innovation in a category focused on improving productivity,
efficiency and environmental sustainability, Toro was selected as a finalist
for its PrecisionSense™ site assessment system. Used by golf courses and
sports fields, this state-of-the-art solution utilizes innovative mobile soil
sensing and data collection technology to measure the variability of key site
attributes – including soil moisture, salinity, compaction and plant
performance – to help improve water and resource efficiency, and produce
healthy, more uniform turf.

Presented by the MHTA,  the Tekne Awards annually recognize Minnesota’s best
technology users and developers in innovation, development, education,
commercialization and management. A full list of finalists is available online
at http://www.tekneawards.org. The event will be emceed by Paul Douglas,
author, entrepreneur and meteorologist.

About The Toro Company
The Toro Company is a leading worldwide provider of innovative turf,
landscape, rental and construction equipment, and irrigation and outdoor
lighting solutions. With sales of more than $1.9 billion in fiscal 2012,
Toro’s global presence extends to more than 90 countries through strong
relationships built on integrity and trust, constant innovation, and a
commitment to helping customers enrich the beauty, productivity and
sustainability of the land. Since 1914, the company has built a tradition of
excellence around a number of strong brands to help customers care for golf
courses, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential
properties, and agricultural fields. More information is available at
www.toro.com.

About Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)
MHTA is an innovation and technology association united in fueling Minnesota’s
prosperity. We help bring together the people of Minnesota’s technology
ecosystem and lead the charge in directing technology issues to Minnesota’s
state capitol. MHTA is the only membership organization that represents
Minnesota’s entire technology-based economy. MHTA members include
organizations of every size − involved in virtually every aspect of technology
creation, production, application and education in Minnesota. Find out more
online at http://www.mhta.org or follow MHTA on Twitter at
http://twitter.com/MHTA.

Contact:

The Toro Company
Media Relations:
Branden Happel, 952-887-8930
Senior Manager, Public Relations
branden.happel@toro.com