Tennant Company Celebrates 150th Anniversary
Tennant Company (“Tennant”) (NYSE: TNC), a world-leading innovator of high-quality floor cleaning equipment that incorporates leading-edge technologies including robotics and detergent-free electrolyzed water cleaning, recognizes its 150th anniversary of business. This year also marks the introduction of the new Tennant Company global headquarters campus, located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
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George H. Tennant founded Tennant Company in 1870, originally supplying the Minneapolis-St. Paul area with milled lumber for wood floors. (Photo: Tennant Company)
George H. Tennant began his business in Minnesota in 1870, originally operating a sawmill on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. He quickly began focusing on making wooden flooring for houses and businesses under construction in the growing metropolitan area. The company reached a turning point in the 1930s, when its leaders recognized the potential in a newly-patented device that automated laborious floor maintenance tasks and began to focus the business on floor care. Today, Tennant Company manufactures and sells high-quality floor cleaning equipment and technologies in the Americas, Asia and Europe and is recognized in the industry for quality and innovation.
“Tennant Company has achieved a remarkable milestone by reaching 150 continuous years of doing business. This anniversary speaks to our long tradition of innovation and resilience, our ability to adapt in order to stay relevant to our customers,” remarked Chris Killingstad, President and Chief Executive Officer for Tennant Company. “Most importantly, our longevity illustrates George Tennant’s entrepreneurial spirit, the vision and imagination of his successors, the strong partnerships the company has formed with valued customers and business partners, and the passion and dedication of Tennant employees from the early days until today. I’m honored and proud to lead such an enduring company as we celebrate 150 years.”
In recognition of the anniversary, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has invited Tennant Company to “virtually” ring its closing bell on September 25 (lived streamed at www.nyse.com/bell). Chief Operating Officer Dave Huml will represent the company at this ceremony.
While marking this historical milestone, Tennant Company is also preparing for the future with the introduction of its new world headquarters campus in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Manufacturing activities will continue to operate in the company’s current Golden Valley buildings as the company prepares to welcome local and global employees and customers to a state-of-the-art headquarters campus. The company will officially inaugurate the new building when Minnesota restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have lifted and employees can safely transition to the new office.