MTD strengthens commitment to professional market with two acquisitions
MTD Products Inc. announced Jan. 28 that it recently purchased two companies widely recognized as innovators to strengthen its commitment to help professional landscapers, grounds care professionals, and lawn and garden care enthusiasts push the bounds of what they can accomplish.
In December, MTD – the parent company of Cub Cadet, Troy-Bilt, Columbia, Yard Machines, Remington, Arnold and other brands – acquired CORE Outdoor Power (CORE), a Polson, Mont.-based company that powers outdoor lawn care equipment with gasless motor technology that produces higher torque and increased efficiencies than traditional electric motors. CORE Outdoor Power’s products have received accolades from leading industry media for having the performance and durability of gas engines and the ability to withstand the most demanding commercial applications, while producing zero emissions and very little noise.
Prior to the purchase of CORE, MTD also acquired Precise Path Robotics, an Indianapolis-based company that has brought to market the world’s only commercially available autonomous greens mower, the RG3, designed specifically for golf course putting greens. Advanced robotic technology allows the RG3 to travel in straight lines and along curved perimeters without the need of an operator to guide it – enabling golf course superintendents to achieve consistent and excellent course conditions while reducing operating costs.
“MTD is committed to the professional market,” said Rob Moll, CEO, MTD Products. “Robotic and gasless technologies have the power to transform the world of outdoor power equipment, and we look forward to bringing the benefit of these new innovations to our consumer and trade customers.”
CORE Outdoor Power’s Conductor Optimized Rotary Energy (CORE) motor produces high-torque rotary motion at higher efficiencies and power levels than conventional electric motors. With zero emissions, little noise, and torque levels equal to two-cycle gasoline-powered engines, CORE technology is uniquely poised to disrupt the market for portable outdoor power equipment – especially when combined with the company’s recently developed lithium power cell, which is capable of storing and delivering unprecedented amounts of power in a very small package. The marriage of these two technologies allows for an environmentally clean line of products that will allow for a new approach to the outdoor power equipment market, which has been historically dominated by two-cycle gas engines.
Precise Path Robotics is a leader in advanced robotic outdoor equipment, with patented technologies that will enable the development of a wide range of robots for use in a variety of outdoor environments, including golf courses, sports fields and residential homes. Precise Path’s robust and modular system architecture integrates a variety of custom and off-the-shelf sensor technologies that are combined in a unique way that produces precise cutting patterns.
“MTD has a history of bringing game-changing innovation to the market,” said Jean Hlay, president and COO, MTD Products, “and these two acquisitions serve to reinforce our core principles and accelerate the pace with which we bring our vision of the future to life.”