Our Corporate Offices sit on property that was once a farm purchased by Theo Moll. An integral feature of the property is a white oak tree estimated to be 350+ years old. The tree, with its deep roots and strong sheltering branches, has come to symbolize the company's commitment to its employees and surrounding communities.
Three German immigrants, Theo Moll, Emil Jochum and Erwin Gerhard all shared a deep-rooted faith in God and themselves and the dream of building a business in America, the "land of opportunity".
In 1932, they began to fulfill their dream by forming a partnership to purchase the assets and goodwill of the Modern Tool and Die Company. Throughout the early 1930's, they grew the business by securing work with several prominent companies including the manufacturing of perforating dies and a rolling machine to construct window channels for Standard Products and providing tooling, stamping, and painting assembled recording registers for Ergy Register.
This was the first consumer product manufactured by MTD. In 1936, growth continued with the production of MTD's first automotive stampings; the grill and two side louvers for the Graham Paige automobile. MTD earned a quality workmanship reputation which provided additional opportunities and allowed them to become a major producer of auto heaters for Eaton Manufacturing Company. During the late thirties, MTD grew alongside the growth of the auto industry.