Tonka toys began as a side line product to Minnesota garden implement manufacturer Mound Metalcraft in 1964. It quickly developed and in 1955 Mound Metalcraft became Tonka Inc., a dedicated toy manufacturing company that is known and renowned around the world for their quality metal toys.

The word Tonka comes from the Dakota Sioux word “Tanka” or “Tonka” meaning “great” or “big” which is quite fitting for a company that makes a range of metal toys that come with a lifetime guarantee.