|Headquarters||Cleveland, OH, USA|
|Key people||Rob Moll, CEO|
|Products||Consumer and Commercial Lawn equipment|
|Revenue||$1.190 billion USD (2006)|
|Employees||6,800 (as of 2006[update])|
|Website||MTD Products Inc.|
MTD Products is an American manufacturer of outdoor power equipment for the mass market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, the company began in 1932 and is a family-owned, private company. It originated as a tool and die maker (Modern Tool and Die Company). MTD's main competitors are Ariens, Toro, Snapper, Murray, John Deere and Husqvarna.
Theo Moll, Emil Jochum and Erwin Gerhard formed a partnership to purchase the assets of Modern Tool and Die Company located on Power Avenue in Cleveland. The initial capital investment was $4500. MTD’s first products were perforating dies and a rolling machine for making window channels for Standard Products. MTD employed 12 employees in 1933. By 1934 there were 60 employees.
In 1936 the company produced its first automotive stampings products, grilles for Graham-Paige automobiles.
In 1954 MTD entered the garden equipment industry with its introduction of a line of wheelbarrows.
In 1958 MTD entered the lawn and garden power equipment industry with the production of an 18” power rotary mower.
In 1962 MTD purchased Sehl Engineering Ltd. of Canada which would later become MTD Products, Ltd. and then MTD Canada.
In 1966 MTD purchased Industrial Plastics Company in Cleveland.
In 1967 MTD started to manufacture bicycles.
In 1968 MTD started snow thrower production.
In 1975 MTD purchased the Yard-Man name from Montgomery Ward.
In 1985 the company's Martin, Tennessee plant began operation, and Arnold Corporation was acquired.
In 1996 a joint venture with Lesco created Commercial Turf Products.
In 2000, a Hungarian manufacturing facility was opened with expanded capacity for electrical products. MTD acquired Ryobi Limited's North America outdoor products business, giving them the capacity to produce 1.5 million engines and related hand-held garden products.
In 2003, MTD's Ryobi Outdoor Power equipment division ceased manufacturing products under the Ryobi brand name and sold the rights to the use of the Ryobi brand name for the manufacture and sale of outdoor products to Ryobi Tools / TTI.
In 2007, MTD began building the low-end lawn and garden tractors for its otherwise competitor, Toro.
In 2008, MTD began having a third-party company (located in China) manufacture a new line of engines for the Craftsman 2008 line of snowthrowers. They are no longer building them with Tecumseh engines.
Starting in 1967, MTD released their line of bicycles that were sold though out America. These bicycles were mostly muscle bikes and in 1969 they released a chopper, the MTD SS5 Chopper which merged Columbia and MTD. Both brands were strong players in the high-rise bicycle market, eventually they would join forces in the coming years; eventually the bicycle brand MTD would fade out while Columbia would continue.
- Cub Cadet
- Cub Cadet Commercial
- Cub Cadet Yanmar (joint with Yanmar)
- Farm King
- Gold Series
- Mow Master
- Mow Master Mastercut
- MTD Black Edition
- MTD Silver Edition
- MTD Gold
- MTD Mowmaster
- MTD Platinum Pro
- MTD Platinum SD
- MTD Pro
- MTD Super
- MTD Taral
- MTD Tradesman
- MTD Turbomax
- MTD 2000 Elite
- Ranch King
- Ryobi (sold at Costco)
- Ventzki MTD
- White Outdoor]
- Yard Machines
- Yard-Man Elite
- Yard-Man Select
Private label brands produced
MTD builds or has built various other brands and store-brand lawn and garden tractors over the years, including:
- MTD Products Inc. (PDF), Hoover's, Hoovers
- "MTD.(acquires Ryobi Limited's North America outdoor products business)". DSN Retailing Today.
- "Ryobi Outdoor Power Tools". MTD Support Center.
- MTD France "MTD France". MTD.
- "Remington Chainsaws and Polesaws". Remington Chainsaws and Polesaws.
- "Lawn & Garden Tractors by MTD". Tripod.com.