The Brownfield Industrial Development Corp. approved an incentive package to assist Terry County Tractor with their expansion plans to build a $1.2 million new facility. Terry County Tractor, is one of Terry County’s oldest business institutions.
BIDCorp approved an incentive package worth up to $30,000 for Terry County Tractor over three years.
The incentive package includes a $3,000.00 per new employee incentive and a 50% rebate of City of Brownfield and Terry County Ad Valorem Taxes for three (3) years.
Terry County Tractor new 25,000 facility is located just west of its current location on the Seagraves Hwy. The new building will be the farm equipment dealership’s first new home since it moved into the current location in 1956.
“This building has served us well, but our purpose is to grow and we have outlived this space,” Doug Melcher, owner/operator, told the Brownfield News. “It’s just too small for all the stuff we’ve got and we are adding more all the time.”
The new location, expected to be completed in early summer, 2014, will include 7,500 square feet of showroom and office space, as well as 9,000 square feet of parts storage and a 9,000 square foot shop.
The new building will have the same south frontage on the highway and the current building will remain.
Melcher plans to sell or lease the current space. The larger space could also call for additional staff, he said.
Terry County Tractor currently employees 12 full time employees. “We are growing, but we’re also cautious like you have to be in business,” he said. “This drought is not over yet and it has had a real impact on our business, just like every other business around here, but hopefully that’s starting to change too. We’ve started to see some moisture come out of the southwest again, which is a good sign.”
One aspect he is excited about with the new construction is the office he plans to call his own.
“After 37 years in this business, I’ll finally have my own office,” he said. He currently shares office space with another employee.
Terry County Tractor has long been an active member of the community and a fervent supporter of local athletics and stock shows and Melcher said that won’t change. “Brownfield is still home and we see a solid future here,” he said. “We even passed up an opportunity to sell a few months ago.”
Horizon Builders of Lubbock is contractor on the project and dirt work already is underway on the property.
Brownfield Industrial Development Director David Partlow told the News he is excited about the expansion project for several reasons.
“Any time an existing business grows or expands, it’s a great sign for the local economy,” he said. “In this instance, the community will benefit even more because the land where they will construct is inside our Tax Increment Financing zone, so the additional investment will boost the money we are able to collect to help renovate and revitalize our downtown area.
“Brownfield is lucky to have had Terry County Tractor as a business partner for more than 50 years,” Partlow continued. “And we hope to maintain that valuable relationship for 50 more.”
Article courtesy of the Brownfield News