Marvin Steiner built custom farm equipment in Ohio in the 1940s. Production of custom lawn tractors began in the 1970s, which grew rapidly. Steiner was sold to Ransomes in 1988, and production was moved to Dalton, Ohio, in 1992. Ransomes, including Steiner, was purchased by Textron in 1998, and was merged with the Jacobsen commercial grounds care unit. Production was moved to Johson Creek, Wisconsin. Textron sold the Jacobsen commerical unit in 2007 to commerical Grounds Care.