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Toro expands from lawn care to construction machinery

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Concrete mixers, trenchers, stump grinders and horizontal utility drills. One year before its 100th anniversary, Bloomington-based Toro Co. is moving beyond lawn mowers and golf-course maintenance equipment to produce a line of machines geared to the construction industry.

The Star Tribune reports the new machines come as a result of Toro's acquisition of key assets from Astec Underground and Stone Construction last year. Toro has also added compactors and motorized wheelbarrows it calls the Mud Buggy, all wearing its signature red.

The new Toro-branded line arrives as the recession eases and the market for construction equipment is perking up. But the newspaper reports that Toro is not working to sell the pricey new products directly to construction firms. Instead, Toro is appealing to companies that rent to budget-conscious contractors and builders.

In October, Toro will reveal its rebranded large Astec utility trenchers, plows and horizontal drills at the International Construction Utility Equipment Expo in Kentucky.

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