Gregory Poole Equipment Company Celebrates 60 Years

Fri June 10, 2011 - Southeast Edition

Gregory Poole’s first facility in Raleigh in 1951.
Gregory Poole’s first facility in Raleigh in 1951.
Gregory Poole’s first facility in Raleigh in 1951. The current Gregory Poole facility in Raleigh, as it was when first built in 1954. Greg Poole III, chairman and president of Gregory Poole Equipment Company, addressed 300 guests at the Mebane, N.C., facility’s grand opening in 2009.

Sixty years ago, Gregory Poole Equipment Company began as a dealer of heavy construction equipment for Caterpillar Tractor Company in order to better serve the Old North State. Gregory Poole now provides equipment sales and services for the agriculture, construction, forestry, industrial, marine, on-highway truck and electric power generation markets.

On April 1, 2011, Gregory Poole celebrated its 60th birthday. Employees, retirees and special guests attended simultaneous luncheons in 14 different locations on March 31, 2011, to commemorate the founding of the company on April 1, 1951.

“This is an exciting time for the history of this company, because achieving 60 years in business is no small feat,” said Gregory Poole III, chairman, president and CEO of Gregory Poole Equipment Company. “This anniversary signifies that we’re not just a 60-year-old company, but we’re a company that is highly innovative, creative and has a very bright future. I’m more excited now than I ever have been about the future of this company and all that we bring to bear.”

Gregory Poole was founded in Raleigh, N.C., by James Gregory Poole Sr., and his uncle, William Lewis Gregory. Since its beginning in 1951, it has expanded to more than seven divisions and employs more than 800 employees at 21 facilities located throughout the eastern parts of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The company remains family-owned today by James Gregory Poole III, who has been chairman and CEO since 1999.

Gregory Poole’s mission is not only to be a great product and service provider, but to also develop and sustain meaningful relationships with its customers, employees and throughout its community locations. Over the years, it has supported various non-profit organizations, including the United Way, Foundation of Hope, Special Olympics, Salvation Army, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, various local colleges, victims of local disasters and a non-denominational Christian camp, Camp Oak Hill. Gregory Poole also is a corporate partner of The V Foundation for Cancer Research and a sponsor of the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic.

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