After 45 years in the equipment business, Bo Lowe, sales coordinator of Reynolds-Warren Equipment Company Inc. in Lake City, Ga., has set his retirement date for Jan. 7, 2013.
Lowe essentially grew up in the equipment business as his father Tom Lowe partnered with Bill Burch who had started a company called Contractors Equipment Company in 1952. After some changes and acquisitions, the company was later renamed Burch-Lowe, a large Atlanta-based heavy equipment distributor with branches throughout the state and a quality lineup of machine offerings.
Bo started working for the company off and on in the 1960s as a teenager doing whatever was needed, including steam cleaning Etnyre distributors on the steam clean rack during the summer. After high school Lowe continued with the company and worked briefly in the service department and then in the parts department for five years while going to college. After Lowe committed to full time employment with the company, he eventually went into sales and became the company’s sales coordinator in 1973, a position he held until 1991.
In 1991, Lowe left the company to go to work with a close friend who needed someone to help increase sales for a hardware company that dealt in outdoor power equipment sales and repair and was in the feed and seed business.
Soon Lowe’s former coworkers Joe Reynolds, whose previous employment included being a salesman of Burch Lowe, and Clifford Warren, who was once the Burch Lowe service manager, began to work on recruiting him to go to work with them at their company, Reynolds-Warren Equipment.