Dozens of local farmers took a break from their busy schedules to explore the new 14,500 square foot store, get a glimpse of the latest equipment and enjoy a giant crawfish boil.
Conveniently located on U.S. Highway 61, Bolivar County farmers will now have a closer option for shopping at the select Caterpillar machinery dealer for North Mississippi.
John Thompson, owner, general sales manager and ag manager, is happy to set up shop in the county so local farmers will no longer have to travel to Thompson's closest branch in Greenwood.
"We've really enjoyed coming here to provide services in Boyle and the Cleveland area," said Thompson. "This building has exceeded our expectations and we've already received encouraging feedback from local growers.
"We're about lasting relationships at Thompson and we've been in business for about 70 years. The lasting relationships applies not just to our customers but also the long term partnerships with the local community."
Fellow community members and elected officials were also on hand for the celebration.
"We're extremely happy they chose to put the facility in Boyle," said Mayor Joe Wayne Reed. "It's going to help the farmers to have a local place to operate from. Overall, it's just great for our little town."
Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Judson Thigpen said it should provide a boost to local commerce.
"We're very excited for Boyle and Bolivar County," said Thigpen. "Anytime we can bring new business to the area it's great for everybody. We're looking forward to working with them and we're proud to have them."
The concept of Thompson Agriculture is a new approach for the well-established Thompson Machinery Commerce, said advertising manager Mark Bird.
"This will be our first facility dedicated to agriculture," he said, explaining that other Thompson sites provide services for construction, power generation, forestry, laser products, paving and more.
One goal of the new location is to spread awareness of the latest products available to the Delta agricultural community.
“The agriculture market is important to our organization’s growth and expansion in the Delta region,” added Thompson.
In addition to Caterpillar products, the new site will offer Challenger tractors, Sunflower tillage equipment from AGCO and LEXION combines from CLAAS.
Dale Smith, who will temporarily serve as product support manager for the Boyle and Greenwood branches, said all the options should help reel in more Bolivar County customers.
"Hopefully we'll capture some customers in the area," he said. "Talking with local farmers, they're happy we've established the facility here. I've heard a lot of good things.
"We think we've got the best products on the market."
Excitement is in the air and Thompson is thrilled to be the latest option.
"We believe this is an exciting addition to the Delta agricultural community," said Thompson. "Our mission is 'Superior Services. Innovative Solutions. Lasting Relationships.'"