They say being a John Deere owner is in the blood and I have had green running through my veins for as long as I can remember. Just like many of our customers we are a generational family business since 1953, when my diesel mechanic grandfather George acquired “J.R Ritchie” of Coolamon, in partnership with Cec Pearce.
When Cec Pearce sold his part of the business to us in 1965, my father Ted and Uncle Bruce joined my grandfather and the business grew with branches opening in Wagga (1978) , Temora (1983), Albury (1990) Cowra (1998), Parkes and Condobolin (2001).
Our partnership with A&G Machinery saw us commence operations in Narrandera and Coleambally (2000) Finley (2007), Griffith & Lake Cargelligo (2014). Our most recent expansion has been in Orange where we have purchased Hart’s Machinery (2017).
We are now sole owners of all 11 branches, employing over 250 staff and ensuring that our customers receive the best sales, service and parts support possible.
I take pride in seeing how the business has grown and what my family has achieved and I look forward to the time when my children realise that they too, have green running through their veins!
After hanging around the Family Business “Armstrong’s Finley” most days after school, I officially joined the Company in 1978 as an apprentice Mechanic. Fast forward 38 years and I am excited to still be heavily involved, as our single store has been merged to form part of a strong and dynamic company.
To remain part of an expanding, family orientated company in Hutcheon and Pearce has allowed me to be part of this growth, and retain the business values instilled in me by my father.