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Jack Lyon Holds Annual Customer Appreciation Picnic

Fri July 30, 2010 - Northeast Edition
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Attendees enjoy a feast of barbecued chicken, steak, pork, turkey and all the fixins’.
Attendees enjoy a feast of barbecued chicken, steak, pork, turkey and all the fixins’.
Attendees enjoy a feast of barbecued chicken, steak, pork, turkey and all the fixins’. A guest enjoys spending some time with the resident llama. There used to be two of them — rumor has it “the Lyon got the other one.” Central New York’s finest outdoor chefs were retained to ensure that the hundreds of visitors left completely satisfied. Jack Lyon (L) personally saw to it that every single guest had a wonderful time. In this case, he exchanges some industry tidbits with Ernie Thibeault, president of Thibeault Construction, a very large New Hampshire general contracting company and also pr Fun could be had by young and old. Not a detail was overlooked, including this bounce house set up for the young and the young at heart. Making the trip all the way from Fort Dodge, Iowa, and representing Mid Country Machinery (L-R) are Bud Pecoy, Burly Pecoy, Charlotte Pecoy, Anita Pecoy and Garry Pecoy. Rod Abele (L) and Derek Melsheimer of Abele Tractor and Equipment enjoy the good food and entertainment and plan on sticking around for the next day’s auction.

Jack Lyon of Alex Lyon & Son held his annual customer appreciation picnic and barbecue July 16, at the family farm in Bridgeport, N.Y. — the place where the auction company began.

This celebration has become a yearly event held the night before Alex Lyon & Son’s annual July Syracuse sale. Consignors and buyers of construction equipment from all across the country were invited to enjoy food, fellowship, music and a visit with the livestock on the family farm.

In 1950, Alex Lyon purchased a farm in Bridgeport. There, he established the Alex Lyon Livestock Company, which focused primarily on the sale of cattle and farm machinery by public auction. In 1973, Alex’s son, Jack, became actively involved in the family business, after graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in marketing.

Jack Lyon’s interests focused in the diversification of the family business. Within a short period of time, the company was regularly holding construction equipment sales. Today, the company is known as Alex Lyon and Son Sales Managers and Auctioneers Inc. and focuses on holding construction equipment auctions large and small all across the United States. With buyers representing all 50 states regularly attending its sales and even customers from outside the country bidding in person and online, the company has grown to be one of the largest of its type in North America.