Leonard L. Johnson established the L.L. Johnson Distributing Company in Denver, Colorado in 1976, shortly after purchasing the Barteldes Seed Company located on Lipan Street. Over the years, Barteldes’ focus had evolved from mainly feed and seed into Toro outdoor power equipment and turf and irrigation supplies, covering the Colorado and southern Wyoming areas.
In 1980, Len moved the company into its current facility at 4700 Holly Street, our primary location that is home to each of our industry-specific divisions: Turf, Grounds & Sports Field Maintenance, Professional and Consumer Landscape Equipment, Golf Irrigation, Residential and Commercial Irrigation, Soil Conditioning, Fertilizers and our Parts and Equipment Repair Departments.
After growing within the Colorado market, Len expanded the business by purchasing Midwest Turf and Irrigation of Omaha, Nebraska in 1981. The regions of Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, portions of Missouri and western Iowa were added to our service area.
As the Colorado market has expanded over the years, we have grown to meet the demands of our customers by adding three satellite irrigation service centers in Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. In 2005, Len’s son James bought the family business and under his stewardship, L.L. Johnson continues to maintain the excellent business model set by his father, investing in people and processes that deliver. Jim purchased the neighboring property at 4701 Ivy Street to construct a new and additional warehouse facility which services our Grounds Power Equipment, Golf and Irrigation customers.
As a complete green industry distributor, our product lines have also expanded into additional allied and complementary products, catering to every aspect of turf care and maintenance. The professionalism and dedication of our sales personnel, customer service representatives and technicians give added value to the brands and services we provide. Our long-standing customer and vendor relationships can be attributed to these individuals and the solid business practices we believe.
2011 “Best in Commercial”
L.L. Johnson is awarded the 2011 “Best in Commercial” for Toro’s Partners In Excellence program. Pictured in photo from left to right: Jim Heinze, Toro Commercial Sales Director; Darren Redetzke, Toro Vice President of Commercial Sales; Jim Johnson, CEO L.L. Johnson; Dan Melchior, General Manger L.L. Johnson; Mike Hoffman, Toro President; and Boyd Montgomery, Toro Area Manager.
2012 “Best In Commercial”
L.L. Johnson is awarded Toro’s 2012 “Best In Commercial Award” for Toro’s Partners in Excellence Commercial Program for the 2nd consecutive year.
Photo from left to right: Bill Brown & Boyd Montgomery (The Toro Co.) Jim Johnson, Dan Melchior, Mike Hoffman (The Toro Co.).
2012 “Distributor of Excellence”
L.L. Johnson received Toro’s “Distributor of Excellence” award for 2012, which encompasses all divisions of the distributorship and is based on achieving sales goals, best business practices, customer care and satisfaction.
In photo above: Mike Hoffman (Toro Co. CEO) and Jim Johnson (President of L.L. Johnson).