Long Islanders looking for tractors, skid steers and backhoes only need to look as far as Calverton these days, following the opening of Farm-Rite’s new branch.
Farm-Rite Inc., an agricultural, construction and irrigation equipment company that has been in business for more than 40 years, recently opened a location in Calverton, N.Y., to serve the Long Island market.
“Our decision to locate a branch on eastern Long Island has been a wonderful move for Farm-Rite Inc. and the lines that we are offering to farmers and contractors in this part of New York State are experiencing great acceptance in the marketplace,” said Roger Theberge, branch manager.
“The Kubota brand is one of the most accepted brands in the industry. Kubota’s reputation for creating a quality product that operates trouble-free for many years is second to none and we are having tremendous success in Long Island. JCB is one of the best-known brands in Europe and is continuing to gain market acceptance in the United States. They opened a factory in Savannah, Georgia, several years ago, and much of the JCB equipment that we sell is manufactured right here in the United States.”
Despite its proximity to New York City, eastern Long Island is largely agricultural. Horse farms, sod farms and vegetable farms make up much of the area; and vineyards and nurseries abound. In normal times the housing construction market abounds in this part of the state and because of the vast wealth of many of the residents, that housing market is now starting to rebound, according to Theberge.