Browns sell farm implement business
in vevay, Ind., to retire.
Andersons' Sales & Service takes over some brands
VEVAY, Ind. (May 2021) – When Doug Brown inherited the family farm implement business, he knew exactly what he would be doing with the rest of his life. Now that retirement time has come, he has sold the business his family has run for the last 121 years and will be starting a new chapter in his life.
“I’m the fourth generation and was the last in the family that was working in the business,” said Brown, 59. Brown’s Farm Implement has been located at 8563 State Rd. 129 in Vevay, Ind., (in Moorefield) since his great-grandfather Cyrenius Brown bought the property in 1900.
“My great grandfather bought the property and started farming,” he said. Cyrenius had an orchard business selling apples and peaches, and a feed mill that was built in the 1920s that operated until the early 1980s. In the late 1930s, the family went into the farm equipment business.
Doug and Julie Brown sold their Vevay, Ind., farm implement business to retire.
Brown’s family owned the first tractor in Switzerland County in 1907. It was used for their own work on the farm and work for others. Eventually, Brown’s grandfather, Ethol Brown, and father, Norman Brown, took over the business. “They sold Allis Chalmers from the late 1930s through 1977,” he said.
“I grew up in the business. I’ve been in it ever since I could walk,” Brown said. He took over from his father, but all of his siblings – Barry, Bob (who died in 1967 in a car accident), Jerry and Pam – worked in and around the family business before going off to college or pursuing other careers.
Although the doors closed to the public at the end of February 2021, the process of selling the business began last fall. “I just felt it was time,” he said. At the moment, he is still taking care of some “loose ends” with the business.
Brown sold the property and business to Andersons’ Sales & Service. Andersons owns similar businesses in Madison, Ind., Crestwood, Ky., Louisville, Ky. Andersons bought Brown’s Kubota line of equipment and plans to move the Kubota inventory to their Madison location at 2914 Clifty Dr.
In the past, Brown sold some short line equipment such as Kuhn hay equipment, Claas equipment and Land Pride attachments, which Anderson’s did not purchase. At this time, there are no plans to re-open the Vevay location.
He sold to Andersons because “they had approached me before to let me know they were interested.” At the time, Brown was not ready to sell, but when he felt “the time was right,” he chose Andersons. “It was a tough decision to make, but everything comes to an end eventually,” said Brown.
The COVID-19 pandemic made it more difficult to run the business, he said, along with the fact that he needed more people willing to go to school and receive training and just couldn’t find them. With the technological changes that have been made in farming, the industry is just not what it once was, he said.
Josh Anderson, one of the co-owners of Andersons’ Sales & Service, said that purchasing Brown’s Kubota line “gave us an opportunity to sell Kubotas at the Madison business.” In the past, the Madison location focused primarily on lawn and garden equipment. Andersons has been a Kubota dealer selling tractors and zero turn mowers at their Crestwood location since 2014.
“We knew the owners were looking to retire, and we came to an agreement.” He said it was an ideal purchase because of the existing business’ “close proximity to our Madison store.” It just made sense to “combine our resources.”
Since January 2001, Josh Anderson has run Andersons’ Sales & Service with his siblings: Tonia Cline, Jason, Jon and Grover David Anderson. They took over the business from their parents, Grover and Loretta Anderson.
The siblings have continued to expand the business since purchasing it by buying the former Beard’s Outdoor Power Equipment in Crestwood in 2014 and Louisville Tractor in 2019. With the purchase of Brown’s Farm Implement, Josh Anderson said there are no more future plans for expansion, “but time will tell.”
He added, “Andersons is a pretty large family, with five owners and multiple ways to grow the business. I feel the Madison location is a robust business, but we lacked the ability to grow more.” The purchase of Brown’s business allowed them to “branch out more and find the opportunity to grow.”
The purchase has “been good for Andersons, Kubota and the community,” he said. It’s given Andersons a chance to show their “dedication to the brand and our customers.” Of Brown’s six employees, one parts man will continue working for Andersons.
As for Brown, he and his wife, Julie, have purchased a farm on the river and intend to raise beef cattle. The couple has three children and three grandchildren. “It was a good run,” he said.
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