History

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In 1956, Loyd and Dorothy Cox of Walnut Ridge, AR purchased Forrester Welding & Machine Shop in an effort to create Cox Implement Co. Inc. What started as a simple family business grew into a corporation with national sales power and international connections. The Cox family built a new facility on the original property in 1958. The company sold both Massey Ferguson and Case equipment for nearly thirty years. In 1984, Cox Implement dropped Case after its merger with International. However, this didn’t stop the company from flourishing.

J. R. Cox, youngest son of Loyd and Dorothy (and current COO/CFO) was named to the AGCO Advisory Council in 1993. The following year brought more news from the company as they added Massey Ferguson lawn tractors to their product lines and began work on a grand, new facility directly next to their current facility. Construction of the new facility came to a close in late 1995. Cox Implement still resides in this expansion today; even after a devastating storm in 2000 damaged much of the renovations made to the original building. The family used this opportunity to renovate their parts warehouse and came out of the incident better than ever. Also in 1995, J. R. Cox received recognition from Massey Ferguson for Outstanding sales in the year of 1994. CEO/President Jerry Cox (the eldest son of Loyd and Dorothy), earned a position on the Agri Credit Dealer Advisory board in 1997; a position he held until 1999. To maintain the traditions of family the company holds so dear, the third generation of Cox’s began to make their marks in the late 90’s. Blake Cox, son of J. R. and Jackie Cox, along with Jerry Cox, made a trip to the nation of Panama in 1998, where they had recently made a major sales push. The company began to establish itself internationally, as well as locally. Things couldn’t have seemed any brighter for the company heading into the new millennium.

At the turn of the Century, Jerry Cox earned a place on a new council, the Tye National Dealer Panel, which he served on through 2002. As mentioned before, the company suffered major damage to its facilities, but that didn’t stop us from earning our first Silver Medallion Dealer award from AGCO in 2000: an award we would win another three times in 2001, 2002, and 2004. 2002 also saw the addition of another great product to the company’s already impressive product line. FENDT tractors, one of the best tractors in the world and an AGCO brand just like Massey Ferguson, were available for purchase. Again, Jerry Cox continued to prove his leadership abilities at the national level as he was named to the Massey Ferguson National Dealer Panel from 2003 to 2005.

The awards also continued to pour in for Cox Implement. Along with an expansion into zero turn lawn mowers through the addition of Bad Boy Mowers; the company earned Business of the Year 2004, from the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. That same year, Cox Implement rose to unbelievable status as AGCO Corporation’s #1 dealer in the North American region. The top dealer out of 1,100 dealers in the region. Between 2005 and 2007, Cox Implement earned three Gold Medallion Dealer awards from AGCO: Jerry Cox served on his final national council when he served on the FENDT National Dealer Panel from 2006 to 2008. The company celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006 along with its first of many awards from Bad Boy Mowers. In total, Cox Implement Co. Inc. has earned seven (06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, & 12) Gold Dealer Awards from Bad Boy mowers; the company has also earned two (13 & 15) Platinum Plus Dealer Awards from Bad Boy and one (2014) Diamond Dealer Award. Ferris Commercial Mowers were added to our product line in 2010; by 2011 we were a Top 5 Dealer in our region. By 2013, we became a Top 10 Dealer in the nation. In 2015, we were the 3rd highest selling Ferris dealership in the nation.

Our family is not just focused on just business, we are very involved in our communities. Blake Cox served as the Lawrence County Farm Bureau President from 2008 to 2014: COO/CFO J. R. Cox was elected to the Williams Baptist College Board of Trustees in 2014. Our company conducted it's first ever charity fund raising event for St. Bernards Medical Group’s Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro, AR over the fall of 2015. Only God knows what the future holds for this amazing company.