Being in the same industry for 100 years is an achievement few family businesses can claim. From their grandfather who started National Mower Company in 1919, to the third generation Kinkead executives who run Turfco today, the Kinkead/Turfco ‘family’ recognizes the privilege of being part of an industry where everyone loves what they do. Now at the century mark, the Kinkeads and Turfco want to express their gratitude for all the support, collaboration and partnership that the company has received from golf, sports and turf industry professionals over the 10 decades.
“Turfco just wants to say ‘thank you, golf and turf industries,’ for all the great time spent together working to solve challenges and grow these great industries,” say George and Scott Kinkead, president and executive vice president, respectively, of Turfco Manufacturing in Blaine, Minnesota.
Turfco is making a $25,000 contribution to the Environmental Institute for Golf foundation to fund ongoing turf research. The EIFG is the philanthropic arm of the GSCAA, and the company wishes to recognize the challenge the industry is under to help in the pursuit of delivering beautiful, playable golf courses.
The corporate donation will be presented by company owners George and Scott Kinkead to the GCSAA at the Golf Industry Show at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego Wednesday, Feb. 6 at a 3 p.m. media event at Turfco booth #1629.
To further celebrate this milestone, the company has also launched a “100 Years of Thanks” giveaway for customers in the golf and sports turf industries featuring a Turfco WideSpin 1550 Broadcast Topdresser as the grand prize. Five GoPro HERO7 Silver cameras will also be awarded over the coming months through the Sept. 30 giveaway close.
“Scott and I have spent our whole careers in this industry, and these are tangible ways to express our heartfelt ‘gratitude’ for the opportunities and collaborative partnerships we’ve experienced working with so many great professionals,” says George Kinkead.
The family’s lineage as makers of turf care equipment dates back to 1919. World War I, the “war to end all wars” had recently ended when Robert Stanard Kinkead, a veteran of the war, founded National Mower Company, based in St. Paul, Minn. He started off making reel-type, sickle bar and pull-behind lawn mowers that could be hitched to horses or tractors. Robert was an engineer during the war and he noticed sickle-bar equipment while overseas. Through the years the company continued its growth with power mowers while rising to national and international prominence as an innovator in commercial-grade mowing products for golf clubs, parks, agriculture, sports, and landscaping industries, among others.