Thompson Machinery traces its roots back to 1944, when DeWitt Thompson Jr. and his business partner George Green operated a GMC Truck Dealership in middle Tennessee. The dealership had gained a reputation of providing excellent service in support of sales. It was this core philosophy that led to De Thompson being awarded a Caterpillar dealership covering 39 counties in middle Tennessee, and Thompson & Green Machinery was founded.
Prospering from excellent service, great sales reputation, and helpful parts coverage, the dealership was offered the northern part of the Alabama territory, based in Birmingham. Thompson & Green formed a subsidiary named Thompson Tractor to oversee the new area. In 1965, Thompson Tractor was spun off into an independent dealership in Alabama.
In 1987, Thompson Machinery expanded its operations with the acquisition of Taylor Machinery, based in Memphis, TN, and Stribling-Clements, based in Greenwood, Mississippi. This gave Thompson Machinery the territory it has today. In 1988, the company was renamed Thompson Machinery Commerce Corporation and split into two divisions – Thompson Machinery and Thompson Power.
Brothers DeWitt Thompson V and John Thompson represent the fourth generation of family ownership of Thompson Machinery. John joined the company in 2006 and is the General Sales Manager. De became Thompson Machinery’s fourth president in 2003. Their relationship and commitment to the market territory in two states is reflected today in a company that has 10 facilities and over 500 employees.
Farmers and professional producers have always been a very important segment of Thompson’s customer population, and now Thompson Agriculture has been formed as a new division to provide an even higher level of focus on agricultural equipment owners. This includes an expanded line of farm tractors, combines, tillage equipment, planting equipment, and more.
Thompson Agriculture offers a full range of Caterpillar equipment for agricultural applications, plus industry-leading products from AGCO (Challenger tractors), CLAAS (Lexion combines), Sunflower, Macdon, Horsch, and Unverferth. Caterpillar work tools and precision technology offerings round out the extensive complete package of available products.
In addition to Thompson Agriculture headquarters facility in Boyle, Mississippi – in the heart of the Delta – complete sales, parts, and service offerings are available at all Thompson locations, including additional Delta region stores in Memphis and Greenwood.