TriGreen Equipment was formed in November 2006 following a merger between several independent John Deere dealers who wanted to provide more for their customers. Today TriGreen has 29 full-service John Deere dealerships throughout Tennessee and Alabama. Because of the way TriGreen Equipment was formed, each of our dealerships has it’s own distinct character and personality. Get to know our dealerships and what makes each of them unique.
In 1946, Ted Hedden, originally an employee of John Deere, went into business with Walter Flemming to open Farmer’s Tractor Company in downtown Huntsville. In 1956, they moved to a dirt road, which is present day South Memorial Parkway. In 1971, Ted’s son Don Hedden came into the business and was joined one year later by his brothers, Larry and Charles Hedden. In 1986, they moved to University Drive, which locals refer to as “up on the hill.” The shop from that location was disassembled and reassembled at the Winchester location. Finally, in August of 2001, they moved to the current location at Research Park. The Huntsville dealership is located in Madison County, but also serves customers in Morgan County. They have a very diverse customer base from cattle and hay farmers to row crop farmers who grow wheat, soybeans, corn, pumpkins, and cotton. They also work with several commercial and landscaping customers, as well as residential and Commercial Worksite Product customers. And, because of the Redstone Arsenal is located in Huntsville, they also work with many military and governmental agencies. The Huntsville dealership gets involved with the local community by attending several events, including the Building Home & Remodeling Show, Whistle Stop Festival, Halsey Food Show, Madison Street Festival, Tate Farms Pumpkin Patch, and the local Cattlemen’s Association.
The Hendersonville dealership was established in 1978 as Sumner County Tractor. It was acquired in 1986 by the Smith family and has been a staple in the community ever since. The Hendersonville dealership is located in Sumner County, but also serves customers in Davidson, Cheatham, Robertson, Macon and Trousdale Counties in Tennessee. They cater to all aspects of John Deere, from crop and cattle farmers to landscapers and Gator-driving hunters, to subdivision homeowners and light construction workers. The Hendersonville dealership gets involved with the local community by faithfully sponsoring local schools and athletic teams and lending equipment for fairs, festivals, tournaments and school sporting events.
Putnam Farm & Home was a locally owned family business. Lowell Smith was the owner and ran the business with his son Jim Smith. Lowell eventually retired and turned the business over to Jim, who ran it for many years on his own. In 2007 TriGreen Equipment bought the business from the Smith's. The Cookeville dealership is located in Putnam County; however, the dealership also serves customers from Clinton, Cumberland, Clay, DeKalb, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Smith and White Counties in Tennessee. The Cookeville dealership works mostly with non-commercial farmers and residential landowners. The Cookeville dealership gets involved with the community through local events, such as the Upper Cumberland Home & Garden Show and providing equipment to be used in the Annual Putnam County Fair. They also participate in the Angel Tree program at Christmas time.
In November of 2005, Southeast Tractor (based out of Birmingham) and Hedden Tractor (based out of Huntsville, Fayetteville, and Winchester) merged together and purchased Chandler Tractor in Cullman. In 2006, Southeast Tractor and Hedden Tractor merged with other dealers in Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi to form TriGreen Equipment. The dealership was originally located in a smaller building on Highway 31 N in Cullman. In 2007, TriGreen Equipment moved to the current location at the intersection of Highway 157 and Highway 31. The Cullman dealership is located in Cullman County, but also serves customers in Blount, Lawrence, Morgan, Walker and Winston Counties. The Cullman dealership works with a variety of customers in the agricultural industry, including cattle farmers, chicken houses, hay, soybeans, corn, wheat and some cotton. They also work with several large property owners, professional landscape contractors, and even the local coal mines through the parts and service departments. As members of the Cullman Chamber of Commerce, the Cullman dealership is very involved with the local community. In conjunction with the Chamber, the Cullman dealership sponsored a successful leadership session for the youth of the county. They also participate in local rodeos, the county fair, and various youth sponsorships.
The Pelham dealership began after the TriGreen merger. It was previously located in Trussville but has been at the current Pelham location for the past 5 years. Pelham, AL is about 25 minutes away from downtown Birmingham, AL and is located in Shelby County. Pelham also serves customers in Bibb, Jefferson, St. Clair and Talladega counties. They serve a diverse customer base, ranging from farmers with grain, cotton, and livestock to people with garden homes. They also work with several hunting clubs and their members. The Pelham team gets involved with the local community by participating in the Alabaster Christmas Parade and other local events. Plus, they work with their local FFA's parade and safety driving contest. They also partner with Old Baker Farms, who recently gave away a John Deere pedal tractor as a prize for their coloring contest.
The Florence location has a rich and long history with the Underwood Family. Prior to the merger to TriGreen Equipment, Mr. Ed Underwood owned the dealership then transferred his interest to his son, Mike, the current CEO of TriGreen Equipment. In the beginning, the location was a small, cramped lawn mower store. In September 2013, the dealership moved to a much larger, newly renovated site directly across the street from the old location. The new location carries tractors and more lines of equipment to better serve the growing groups of customers, including cattle and hay farmers, commercial lawn care businesses, homeowners, and more. The Florence location stays connected to the community by supporting local 4-H Clubs, the Alabama Cattleman's Association, and the Alabama Junior Cattleman's Association. Each summer the Florence team sets up equipment displays at the Killen Founder's Day Festival, which is held every summer in the local park just up the road. In addition to the tractors, this family-fun festival has bounce houses, car shows, handmade crafts, unique food vendors, and many other small businesses represented.
The Murfreesboro store started out as Vick's Outdoor Power and was acquired by TriGreen Equipment in 2006. It later moved to Middle Tennessee Boulevard in March 2007. The store's customers range from residential, hobby farmers, small hay and cattle farmers to large farms producing corn and soybeans. The Murfreesboro location gets involved with the community by holding booths at local tractor pulls and affiliating with the FFA Banquet, the Rutherford County Cattleman's Association, Dairy Hill Stampede, AG Ed Spring Fling with MTSU, the 10K Run through MTSU, and the local 4-H Club.
The Manchester store started out as Barton Implement in 1969, and it was owned and managed by A.G. (Buck) Barton. It was located on Highway 55 across from Coffee County Central High School until it moved to the current location in December 1988. Mr. Barton; his wife, Evelyn; and children, Barbara, Bryan, and Richard managed the store, and are still employed with TriGreen Equipment today after merging in 2006. The dealership has a variety of customers including large row crop farmers, livestock farmers, commercial nurseries, and residential property owners. Manchester's team enjoys volunteering in local schools, youth sports groups, and churches. They also sponsor the Tennessee Farm Bureau Annual Pink-Out Football Game, the Coffee County High School FFA, and the Coffee County Soil Conservation. Great Stage Park in Manchester hosts Bonnaroo, a very famous musical festival, every year.
Team Mt. Juliet
The Mount Juliet dealership opened in 1992 as Wilson Tractor and Turf. The store started with five employees specializing in turf and commercial mowing equipment until the TriGreen merger in 2006. Now the location caters to all customer types providing equipment for property owners, small and large agricultural farmers, and commercial business owners. The store is in Wilson County, Tennessee, but also serves customers in Davidson, Smith, Trousdale, and Macon counties. Wilson County holds a county fair, which is the largest fair in Tennessee, a huge event every year for the store. The Fair's theme changes every year to help promote the importance of agriculture and farming. Another huge event for the store is the annual Midnight Madness sale, started years ago to promote commercial mowing, but has evolved into a family-friendly and fun customer appreciation evening.
The Leighton store originally opened in 1938, but due to the hardships of WWII, it closed in 1941. It reopened in 1946. Then, in 1965, the store moved from downtown Leighton to the current building on Sockwell Lane where Ed Underwood, the son of Jim Underwood, began working for his father at the store. Jim retired in 1977, and Ed retired in 2009. The store serves customers in Colbert, Lawrence, Franklin, and Marion counties in Alabama. Most customers are row crop commercial farmers growing corn, soybeans, cotton, wheat, peanuts, and canola. Others cut hay, raise poultry, and have residential property. Team Leighton sponsors the local 4-H and FFA events. The Helen Keller Festival brings in crowds every July with its art shows, live music, 5K run, and family bike ride.
The Winchester dealership was previously known as Hedden Tractor before TriGreen Equipment's 2006 merger. The store is in Franklin County, Tennessee, but caters to customers in parts of Marion, Grundy, Coffee, Moore, and Bedford counties. The area is full of commercial farmers growing corn, beans, wheat, and cotton. There are also many beef and poultry producers. Team Winchester sponsors many events and organizations including high school football teams, the High on the Hog Festival, the Winchester Rodeo, the Belvidere Tractor Pull, and the Huntland Tractor Pull.
The Fayetteville dealership was started in 1965 by the Hedden Family and merged with TriGreen Equipment in 2006. The store is in Lincoln County, Tennessee, but also serves customers in parts of Giles, Marshall, Bedford, and Moore counties. The area includes traditional hay and cotton farmers and unique farmers growing crops like sweet potatoes, strawberries, and pecans. Team Fayetteville supports the local Cattlemen's Association and the FFA Tractor Day at the high school.
The Scottsboro store started in the 1950s as a small dealership on the downtown square. It was later moved to the outskirts of town on Highway 79 before finally moving to its current location on John T. Reid Parkway in 1997. The dealership is in Jackson County, Alabama and also serves customers in Marshall County, Alabama; Walker County, Georgia; and Marion County, Tennessee. Farmers in the area grow cotton, soy beans, corn, and raise cows. The team hosts Santa ARC every year providing tractor and Gator rides for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Scottsboro is known for Unclaimed Baggage, a store selling items from airport luggage left behind; First Mondays on the Square; the local Cornbread Festival; and Art in the Park.