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Thompson Tractor

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.

Thompson Tractor Company hosted hundreds of guests and dignitaries at the Grand Opening celebration and official ribbon-cutting ceremony for its all-new Opelika, Ala., Thompson Cat Rental Store on May 24. After brief speeches from ownership and local dignitaries, the event featured a catered barbeque dinner, facility tours, entertainment, games, prize drawings and equipment displays.

On June 1, Thompson Tractor officially became an IROCK and Screen Machine Industries dealer of the entire state of Alabama and the panhandle of Florida. In order to facilitate this product line expansion, the company hired a materials industry expert, made a substantial initial investment in units for sale or rental and parts, and is actively engaged with both of the manufacturers for product and service training.

On June 15, Thompson Tractor Co. Inc., Birmingham, Ala., selected Charles B. “Charlie” Stevens as the new vice president of earthmoving sales, which includes Thompson Tractor's Cat Rental Store Division. Stevens joined Thompson Tractor in 1989 as a sales trainee.