Thompson Tractor

Work on the estimated $115 million U.S.-98/SR-158 Extension Project in Ala. began in September 2017 and is expected to be completed by 2023. Thus far the DOT has awarded four of the seven contracts for the road and bridge infrastructure construction that is taking place in Mobile County.

John G Walton Construction Co. Inc. started major work on the Alabama Department of Transportation's (ALDOT) $7.9-million SR-180/Canal Rd. widening in Orange Beach on Sept. 23, 2019, and the crews are very confident about meeting the December 2020 delivery date.

Crews from Ammons and Blackmon Construction LLC began work on the Alabama Department of Transportation's (ALDOT) $19.9 million contract to widen 3.9 mi. of the north-south State Route 181 in August 2018 and are looking to complete the project in the spring of 2021.

Thompson Tractor hosted a used equipment sale event at its Used Equipment Sales Center in Montgomery, Ala., on Nov. 14. The event provided in-territory customers an opportunity to take advantage of the best selection of machines for this end of year, one-day pricing inventory reduction sale.

Flanked by their Panama City, Fla., staff, owners Lucy Thompson Marsh (L) and Mike Thompson (R) officially cut the ribbon for the grand re-opening of the Panama City branch exactly one year to the day of the devastation from Hurricane Michael. On Oct.

The finals of the three-part competition for the Thompson Tractor — 2019 Cat Global Operator Challenge was held in Montgomery, Ala., on Sept. 12. The top contenders from two previous events returned to compete against the best-of-the-best operators and the opportunity to represent Thompson Tractor in the regional finals, with the ultimate goal of competing against operators from around the world at the Cat Global Finals at ConExpo in Las Vegas, in 2020.

It was part two of a three-part competition for Thompson Tractor in the Caterpillar 2019 Global Operator Challenge. The venue this time was the dealer's Montgomery, Ala., branch facility, where they hosted top operators from central/southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle for a two-day event on July 24 and 25.

Caterpillar dealers across the country are in the midst of hosting 2019 Global Operator Challenge events to find their territory's best equipment operator and send them to the regional finals in Clayton, N.C., this October. The ultimate goal is of course advancing to the next level and competing against operators from around the world at the Cat Global Finals at ConExpo in Las Vegas, Nev., in 2020.

Joey Martin Auctioneers held a sale at its Carrollton, Ga., location on Friday, June 21. A big onsite and online presence made for some serious competitive bidding in vying for a terrific selection of construction machines and support equipment. The sale featured a massive volume of field service trucks and pickup trucks, including a fleet reduction of trucks from Thompson Cat.

As part of a powerful storm system that also tore through the Florida panhandle, South Carolina and Georgia, devastating tornadoes decimated parts of eastern Alabama during the first week of March, killing 23, injuring dozens more and leading Gov. Kay Ivey to declare a state of emergency.

Construction on a $110 million new Rex Lumber sawmill and dimensional lumber production plant in greater Troy, Ala., started on July 17, 2018, and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2019 with operations beginning in June. The 80-acre earthwork and site preparation was recently completed in 46 days by W.S.