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.

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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.

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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


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