The company we know now as Tonka Toys didn't originally start out as Tonka Toys. In 1946, Mound Metalcraft was created in Mound, Minnesota. Their original business model was for gardening tools. The founders of the company were Lynee Everett Baker, Avery F. Crounse and Alvin F. Tesch. They purchased an old school house, being used as a manufacturing plant, from Streater Industries. Along with the purchase of the building, Mound Metalcraft also purchased the tooling for 2 steel toys.
Tonka continued to grow for 25 years. In 1982 - 83, they moved to Texas. In 1991, they were purchased by Hasbro and moved to China in 1998.
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