Announcement - June 15, 2007
"Fargo Toolite, Inc. has signed a letter of intent to sell all assets with supporting patents relating to the "Toolite Shovel Product Line" to Midwest Rake Company LLC, headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana. It is anticipated that the purchase will be completed within the next 30 days. Upon the completion of this purchase, Midwest Rake Company will initiate production processes related to the Toolite shovel product line. Limited quantities of these shovels will be available immediately; followed by full production runs in the near term."
CBC Radion One, Ottowa - June 11, 2007
Lou Maieron, the "Pond Doctor", of Silver Creek Aquaculturein Ontario was interviewed on CBC Radio One, Ottowa on Monday, June 11, 2007. On the program he discussed the benefits of using our Aquatic Weed Eradicator to control pond weed growth.
Press Release - January 27, 2006
"Midwest Rake Company LLC, a Warsaw, Indiana based manufacturer/supplier of quality tools, serving several professional and discerning markets has acquired Kenyon Tools, an established California based manufacturer of quality tools with an exceptional reputation of service to the landscape and irrigation, lawn and garden, agricultural and industrial contactor supply markets through leading distributor partners around the country. Midwest Rake Company purchased Kenyon from Minnesota based Malco Products, Inc. and will be manufacturing Kenyon branded products at its Warsaw, Indiana facility."
Joe Gardener - 2006
"If we could only have one tool for weeding and cultivating, this would be it [Cultivator/Loop Hoe Combo Tool]. This tool is as attractive as it is functional. We think it should be one of the first tools you take our into the garden and consider it a joe gardener Certified BEST OF THE MUST-HAVES™ for 2006!"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - December 10, 2005
Gardener Betty Cantalini, owner of Gardenalia, Shadyside, stated that her favorite tool is:
"The Ugly Tool. I love this tool and if I had only one tool in my bucket, this would be it. It is a chopping and cultivating tool and often feels like an extension of my arm since I rarely put it down, whether I'm digging, chopping, planting, weeding or dividing. And in a pinch, I've even done some rough pruning with it (though I don't recommend that.)"
This Old House - April 2005
""A well-raked lawn looks instantly brighter and grows better as summer rolls around," says Roger Cook, who prefers a steel-tined, 24-inch fan rake for the job. Raking removes thatch, the dense undergrowth that can prevent water, fertilizer, and air from reaching the roots. It also brings up any dead plant material, gravel, and sand that may have collected during the winter. Now's the time to rake leaves, debris, and old mulch out of flower beds and rom around trees and shrubs, too. A rake with a narrow, 8-inch spread makes getting into tight spaces easier."
March 1, 2005
The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) and Midwest Rake Company have joined forces to supply ASA members with a line of top quality field maintenance equipment.
"ASA is proud to have Midwest Rake Company as the Official Tool Provider for the Association," said Ron Radigonda, ASA's Executive Director. "They have a long history of providing top-notch equipment to recreation departments and sports facilities across the United States and around the world. We also look forward to creating a special pricing program for all of our local associations and member leagues so that our players can have a more enjoyable experience while they are playing the game."
"It is an honor to be selected as the Official Tool Provider for the ASA," said Todd Sandbakken, Midwest Rake Company's National Sales Director. "Our commitment to quality construction and lasting value is rewarded each time a quality venue or association such as the ASA selects and endorses the tools of Midwest Rake not only for the Hall of Fame Complex, but for member leagues use as well. We are very pleased and excited about this partnership with ASA and look forward to sharing in the support of a great game and "fields of play" across the country; for our "tools-in-use" are the true face of our company."
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation's largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 88 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in its early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men's, Women's, Junior Boy's, and Junior Girl's National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping, and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women's National Team is one of only two women's sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive. For more information about USA Softball, please visit www.usasoftball.com.
Evergro Canada - January 2005
"Evergro Canada has always strived to bring quality products to its customers. This past year we had [a] hard look at our tool line and researched which companies offer the best products to our customers at reasonable prices without sacrificing quality. We found that Midwest Rake Company fits the needs of our customer base. This product line has really taken off over this last year and has far exceeded our expectations and our customers standards."
Seasons by Rebecca Kolls - January 1, 2005
Rebecca Kolls and Midwest Rake Company have joined forces to manufacture an exclusive line of gardening and landscaping tools. Kolls, known as "America's favorite gardener", hosts the nationally syndicated television show, "Rebecca's Garden", now in its 9th season and is also the garden and lifestyle contributor for ABC's "Good Morning America".
Kolls decided to team up with Midwest Rake because she loves the company's product lines. "I wanted a company that offers excellent craftsmanship and who understands the needs of people like me who just love getting their hands dirty," Kolls said. "Their line of tools is solid, durable and easy to use. I also love that the products are made right here in the United States," added Kolls.
This partnership comes about as Kolls is developing her brand, "Seasons by Rebecca Kolls." Kolls expects to have 200 hand-picked products available by 2005 on her web site www.rebeccakolls.com and in a variety of stores across the country. She tests and uses all the products that carry the "Seasons" brand. "I've wasted so much money on product that either doesn't work or doesn't live up to the promises made by the vendor. I wanted to help consumers by shopping for them. I'm trying to find the best product on the market. I test and actually use the product...if it passes the rigors of my use, it's worthy of the "Seasons" brand."
Jeff Plank, Executive Vice President of Midwest Rake Company added, "The Midwest Rake focus is on real "value"; that sometimes elusive mixture of quality, durability, price and customer focus...and tools that are worth cleaning. Rebecca believes our products and capabilities are a great match with her passion to support the growing number of serious home gardeners / landscapers with a variety of new, multi-functional, and reliable tools, as well as her desire to offer "Tools for Life"."
The Early Report (CBS) - January 25, 2001
"Snow Roof Rakes are designed to remove excessive snow build-up from roofs and gutters when the weight of the snow becomes a problem and can cause damage to the gutter or roof. The extended handle allows the user to stand on the ground for better leverage and control while removing the snow. Roof rakes are available with poly or aluminum blades. Vila suggests the Snow Roof Rake in aluminum from Midwest Rake Co. The 3-piece handle extends to 16 feet."