It is an honor for The Toro Company to sponsor the Lawn & Landscape Top 100 list. We take pride in supporting this opportunity to recognize leaders in the field whose stories inspire us all. Success truly is contagious when you surround yourself with positive examples, and you’ll find them in this report.

As landscape industry professionals, we share a common goal – not only to create beautiful landscapes but also to care for the land and its resources. The stories in this issue are a perfect example of how the choices you make can lead to vibrant futures, and we congratulate all of this year’s landscape companies on their continued success.

This year’s Top 100 is based on 2016 revenue from landscape profit centers, as reported by each of the listed companies. The companies on this list earned a combined revenue of $9,161,843,124 in 2016, which is an increase of $594,598,970 or 6.9 percent, over 2015. Companies on the list also reported total employment of 95,125. Based on the data, the average growth expected in 2017 is 9.9 percent.

The list includes companies from 26 states and four firms in Canada. From the oldest company, Davey Tree Expert Company founded in 1880, to the youngest company, Five Seasons Property Management, founded in 2015, they represent a lot of experience and innovative thinking.

“The stories in this issue are a perfect example of how the choices you make can lead to vibrant futures, and we congratulate all of this year’s landscape companies on their continued success.”

We at Toro share that spirit of innovation, building on more than 100 years of history by looking toward the future and listening to our customers. We never stop working to develop new features and products that help landscape companies save time and be more productive and profitable.

For example, our new Titan HD zero-turn mower is equipped with tool-mounting brackets so that operators can carry what they need with them to save time and trips back to the truck. And all of our products are backed by local dealers who are committed to helping customers grow their business with the right equipment, service and support.

We hope this year’s Top 100 report gives you a pulse on the strength of the industry and a positive outlook for what’s ahead. As always, we are here to serve you with the equipment you need and wish you much success. Take care and keep growing in 2017!

– David Alkire, Vice President, RLC Businesses