Kenney Machinery’s Story

Our Team

Today’s team is continuing the legacy of providing “Peace of Mind” for turf professionals since 1906.

Company History

Kenney Machinery Company was created before the turn of the 20th century. The first certificate of incorporation was received on March 21, 1906.  Edward T. Kenney was elected president.

The 1st annual catalog illustrating products sold to the farming industry was published in 1907. The company was located at 124-128 Capital Avenue South, in Indianapolis.  Legend has it that the company sold the first rubber tire buggy in the state of Indiana.

Edward died in 1918 and was succeeded by his son, James H. Kenney, who was a sophomore at Purdue University. James and Katherine (James’s sister) operated the business through the 1920′s, 30′s and 40′s.

The company began selling estate and golf course equipment and supplies in the early 1930′s, along with farm machinery and orchard sprayers. It was during this period that they moved to 301 West Maryland Street (the present site of the Indianapolis Convention Center).

 

Toro Relationship

Kenney Machinery was appointed a distributor for the Toro Company in 1939.

In 1946 the company expanded its agricultural sales efforts into Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. During the 1950′s the company expanded its product offerings and became a leading supplier of golf and turf equipment and irrigation products.

In 1961, after college, James E. Kenney joined the company as a sales representative.  In 1962, for the first time, the company’s sales reached $1.0 million. James H. Kenney died in 1965 and young Jim became president. The company decided to concentrate on selling lawn and golf equipment. Farm equipment manufacturers were selling direct to dealers, prompting this change in the company’s focus.

1969 saw redevelopment of downtown Indianapolis and the company relocated to 8141 Zionsville Road in the northwest suburbs. This marked the 1st time in 63 years the company was not located in the urban center of the city. It followed the population movement and growth of golf courses into suburbia.

 

Milestones

1978 was the year of the “Great Blizzard” and the company sold over 10,000 snow throwers that year. Many thought it would never stop snowing but it did. In fact it didn’t snow again for 4 years! Many distributors and dealers were caught with large amounts of inventory and went out of business.

In 1979 Toro recognized the company as the #1 Turf equipment distributor. During that same year the company moved to its present location at 8420 Zionsville Road, Indianapolis.

In February of 1990, James Michael Kenney (Mike), joined the company as Manager of the Irrigation supply business. Mike is the son of James E. Kenney.

December 15th, 1997 marked another milestone in the company history, as Mike Kenney was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer, succeeding Jim Kenney.  Mike became the 4th generation of Kenney’s to serve as President.

Today

Stepping ahead to 2015 our Landscape and Irrigation Supply Business now covers the Mid-West and Florida with multiple locations in  Michigan, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and Indiana.   Kenney Machinery continues to be one of  the leading Toro Equipment Distributors and has expanded our offerings to include such programs as Turf Club, Turf Rental fleet, and The Your Turf Program.