[VIDEO] The Toro Company Reflects on Ditch Witch Merger and What the Future Looks Like

Rick Rodier, Group VP for Construction Business at The Toro Company, summarizes the success of the Ditch Witch/Toro merger and plans moving forward, including the decision for Toro to exit the horizontal directional drill market.

The Toro Company announced its acquisition of Ditch Witch's parent company Charles Machine Works back in February 2019. At ICUEE 2019, Toro Company Group Vice President of Construction Business Rick Rodier reflected on the success that acquisition has seen so far.

Rodier says the synergy between the companies has been positive and has made the transitions post merger successful. Moving forward, Rodier sees more success stemming from the merger.

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Also in his presentation at ICUEE, Rodier addressed Toro's announcement in August that it would phase out its horizontal directional drill (HDD) and ride-on trencher lines. The company will instead put its energies in to continuing the success of the Charles Machine Works underground product line.

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