The Toro Company Honored for Innovation at the 2013 Tekne Awards

Toro’s PrecisionSense™ site assessment system takes top honors in agricultural technology category

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Toro's PrecisionSense site assessment solution helps measure soil moisture, salinity, compaction and …

BLOOMINGTON, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

With efficient use of water and other resources becoming of greater importance among turf, landscape and agricultural markets around the world, new technologies are helping customers conserve resources and improve growing conditions. In recognizing the most innovative Minnesota businesses and organizations for technological breakthroughs, the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) recently named The Toro Company as recipient of the 2013 Tekne Award for Agricultural Technology.

Toro’s PrecisionSense™ site assessment system received top honors in the agricultural technology category that focuses on improving productivity, efficiency and environmental sustainability. 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.

“With a constant focus on innovation and delivering value to customers, we are honored to receive this great recognition,” said Dana Lonn, managing director of Toro’s Center for Advanced Turf Technology. “It speaks to the hard work of all employees in our continuous effort to develop solutions that conserve resources, improve productivity, and meet performance expectations.”

The 14th annual Tekne Awards took place on Nov. 6 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, and recognized 16 small and large companies. Award categories spanned the manufacturing, agricultural, electronics and healthcare industries. The program also honored innovations in education, mobile devices and applications, and safety and security.

“The diversity of these 16 recipients is a testament to the innovation that’s taking place in Minnesota, across several industries and all sizes of business,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and chief executive officer of MHTA. “New technology can improve how we live and do business, but it also contributes to a better, stronger Minnesota. As we continue to advocate for those things that will help spur technology growth in our state, including stronger STEM education and better business incentives, these recipients are a proud reminder of the amazing things happening here.”

Additional information about the 2013 Tekne Award recipients is available at www.tekneawards.org.

About The Toro Company
The Toro Company (TTC) 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.

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