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Thompson Tractor Hosts Cat Rental Store Grand Opening

Mon June 04, 2018 - Southeast Edition #12
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Owners Mike Thompson and Lucy Thompson Marsh stand with Opelika, Ala., Mayor Gary Fuller at the center of the ribbon-cutting, flanked by other Thompson management personnel and other local dignitaries.
Owners Mike Thompson and Lucy Thompson Marsh stand with Opelika, Ala., Mayor Gary Fuller at the center of the ribbon-cutting, flanked by other Thompson management personnel and other local dignitaries.
Owners Mike Thompson and Lucy Thompson Marsh stand with Opelika, Ala., Mayor Gary Fuller at the center of the ribbon-cutting, flanked by other Thompson management personnel and other local dignitaries. Both Toro and Spartan brand mowers and turf equipment were available at the Opelika Thompson Cat Rental Store. AGCO’s Bill Hardy (C) highlights the features of the Massey Ferguson tractors available at The Thompson Cat Rental Store. Thompson Tractor held a grand opening and ribboncutting ceremony at its new Opelika Thompson Cat Rental Store on May 24. It was announced during the ceremony that one of the access roads near the Thompson Cat Rental Store will be named Thompson Drive. Accepting the first road sign is Mike Thompson (L) with Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller (C) and David Scott of Scott Land Company, Opelika, Ala. (L-R): Zach Waite of Caterpillar, Mike Thompson, Lucy Thompson Marsh, Norma Aldinger and Eric Williams of Caterpillar celebrate the new facility and the naming of Thompson Drive. (L-R): Mike Thompson, owner of Thompson Cat Rental Store; facility builder Matt Rabren of Rabren General Contractors in Auburn, Ala.; and property developer David Scott of Scott Land Company in Opelika, Ala., are extremely proud of the facility outcome. Stacey Gardner (C), Mahindra specialist of the Thompson Cat Rental Store, discusses the line of Mahindra tractors available at the new facility. (L-R): David Brown of Stokes Paving in Opelika, Ala.; Matthew Booth of Woodlands Unlimited in Auburn, Ala.; David Stokes of Stokes Paving; and Justin Stokes, also of Stokes Paving, enjoy the festivities and check out some new products. Bradley Holt (C) of Thompson Cat Rental Store provides a demo of the Cat mini-excavator in the showroom for Matt Bodine (L) and Randy Bodine, both of Bodine’s Landscape Services in Opelika, Ala. (L-R): Kelso Hamilton and Brantley Holt, both of the Opelika Cat Rental Store; John Howell and John Lide, both of Morooka; and Skip Plumlee of Thomspon Cat Rental Stores joined the staff for the celebration.

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.

Some of the prize giveaways included a Toro mower, Echo trimmer, Echo blower, Cat generator, one free week rental of a Cat mini-excavator and a Cat CTL and more.

This was the first new facility that Thompson Tractor had built since 2009 and owner Mike Thompson said the timing and the business climate were right to build a new facility in Opelika and provide the area a facility with expanded lines and longer operating hours.

Immediately after the ribbon-cutting, Mayor Gary Fuller and David Scott of Scott Land Company in Opelika, Ala., surprised Mike Thompson with the announcement that a nearby access road would be named Thompson Drive in honor of the Thompson family. Fuller and Scott also presented Thompson with a street sign inscribed with that name.

A host of Thompson Tractor and Thompson Cat Rental Store representatives turned out to lend their help and support for the event along with many Caterpillar representatives and reps from virtually all manufacturers whose machines and tools are sold and rented at this location.

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