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Wilson County Farm Supply first opened its doors on September 1, 1999. The business is a subsidiary of L. Harvey & Sons based in Kinston, North Carolina, originally established by Leo Harvey in 1871 and now owned by Felix Harvey. Wilson County Farm Supply did not have its own building to start, but operated out of the Wilson County Cotton Gin. In January 2000, construction of an independent building began. On April 7 of the same year, the business moved into its new home, although the offices had to wait for completion until the planting season was over. They are located at Rosebud Church Road and Highway 301 four miles north of Wilson.
Wilson County Farm Supply began as a collaborative effort between L. Harvey & Sons and Jeff Creech. Both developed the idea to establish a farm supply dealership that could furnish Wilson County farmers with crop fertilization, seeds, crop protection chemicals, livestock supplies, and custom applications of fertilizers, lime, and sprays. Since opening its doors, Wilson County Farm Supply has found a good amount of success and now employs nine full-time and four seasonal workers. The business also has begun sharing its success with the community. Wilson County Farm Supply supports many of its local churches, fire departments, rescue squads, and acts as a buyer in the 4H Meat Animal Show and Sale.
Wilson County Farm Supply already has a wealth of experience behind it. Jeff Creech, who serves as the manager, has over thirty-two years of agricultural experience in Wilson County through his previous job with Kaiser Agricultural Chemicals. Allen Howard, manager of the Wilson County Cotton Gin, also lends his expertise and twenty-five years of experience. Michael White rounds out the leadership with his experience in sales. Two other gentlemen deserve recognition as well. Rick Holder, president of Harvery Fertilizer and Gas Company, played an instrumental role in getting the business started by taking the leap of faith and believing in the project as it developed. Then, when the ideas were becoming reality, John McNairy, the CEO of Harvey & Sons, gathered up the all-important funding.
With their new building and years of experience behind them, the staff at Wilson County Farm Supply expects to serve area farmers with friendly smiles and professional service for years to come.