Our History

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Founded in 1958, Ag-Pro began as Boston Tractor Company in the agricultural hub of Boston, Georgia, and is now one of the largest John Deere dealership organizations in North America. Ag-Pro operates 77 locations across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Ohio, and Kentucky. Ag-Pro takes pride in developing long-lasting relationships with its customers and offering first-in-class customer service. 

The History of Ag-Pro

1903 | Adams, Rountree, and Co. Opens in Boston, Georgia

Adams, Rountree, and Co. was the leading General Store in Boston, Georgia, carrying a wide variety of goods from farm supplies to groceries and furniture. The store was the principal place of business and a social gathering place for the Boston community for a number of decades. In the mid-1900s, the name changed to Boston Implement Co. and the focus of the business changed to an agricultural equipment and supply store with John Deere as the premier product line. 

Adams, Rountree and Co.

Downtown Boston, GA

1920s |  Rice Center Supply Company Founded

Rice Center Supply, which would later become the flagship store for Ag-Pro Arkansas, was the name of the original John Deere store opened in Stuttgart, Arkansas.

Your John Deere Dealer

Rice Supply Center

1945 | Groover Brothers Partnership Formed

James Groover Sr. and Samuel “Dick” Groover formed the Groover Brothers Partnership after returning from the war in 1945. The brothers began acquiring land, farming, and opened Boston Seed Company across the street from Boston Implement Co.

Groover Brothers

1958 | Boston Tractor Company is Established

Grady Sherrod, a local business owner, personally financed the $6,000 purchase of Boston Implement Company for James Groover, Sr. and Dick Groover. After acquiring the business, the Groover Brothers renamed Boston Implement Company to Boston Tractor Company.

Boston Tractor Co.

1978 | Boston Tractor Company Relocates

With two John Deere dealers in Thomas County, and at the request of Deere & Company, James and Dick built a new facility and relocated Boston Tractor Company to Brooks County. This relocation placed Boston Tractor Company close to a large base of agricultural customers.

Boston Tractor Co. Relocates

1981 | Agricultural Productivity Companies is Born

Frank Lyon, a wealthy Arkansas businessman, purchased John Deere dealerships in and around Stuttgart, Arkansas, from J.W. Benefield.  He engaged a marketing consulting firm to generate ideas for a new name for his Arkansas dealerships. The end result was to brand the locations as Agricultural Productivity Companies, or Ag-Pro for short.

Ag-Pro Co. is born

1994 | A Year of Change and An Era of Growth Begins

After his father’s passing in 1994, James Groover, Jr. acquired his father’s shares of Boston Tractor and began to play a larger role in the business. James Groover, Jr. began working with his Uncle Dick to hire aggressive salesmen, one of whom was the former Thomas Stone. Newly developed products coupled with new energy in the dealership drove sales growth and increased market share for Boston Tractor Company.

Change and Growth

1998 | Dick Groover Retires

After Dick Groover’s retirement, James Groover, Jr. and Thomas Stone purchased Dick’s shares of the company.  Together, James and Thomas worked to establish a path of growth and acquisitions. Explosive sales growth began.

2000 | Nichols Tractor Acquisition

As a result of the Dealer of Tomorrow Strategy, James and Thomas partnered with a high-performing salesman at Boston Tractor Company, Timothy Hiers (Timmy), to purchase Nichols Tractor in Bainbridge, Georgia. Timmy moved to Bainbridge to manage Nichols Tractor and kick-start sales.

With new ownership in place, sales flourished. What was originally a conservatively, well-run business selling $13.8 million in 1998, made its mark as sales grew to $51.5 million by the end of 2001.

Nichols Tractor

2004 | Live Oak Tractor Acquisition

The purchase of Live Oak Tractor in 2004 provided Boston Tractor a mixture of small ag and turf sales to balance the sales mix for the company. In only one year, Live Oak Tractor’s sales more than doubled under the Boston Tractor umbrella.

2008 | Mershon Tractor Acquisition

Boston Tractor purchased Mershon Tractor, an Mershon Mainunderperforming location, in 2008.  After a store overhaul, the location grew sales from $8 million annually to $29 million annually by the end of the first 18 months.

2010 | Expansion into Arkansas

Growth continued for Boston Tractor Company with the purchase of Agricultural Productivity Companies’ seven locations in Central Arkansas.  With this growth came the opportunity for Matthew Carlton and Gordon Mooney to acquire ownership in the company.  Matthew relocated to lead the Arkansas locations.  Over the course of only four years, annual sales in Arkansas grew from $79 million to $170 million.

2012 | The Organization is Rebranded as Ag-ProAg-Pro Logo

The exponential growth of the company made it necessary to brand the organization under one name. Rights to the name “Ag-Pro” were purchased with the acquisition of the Arkansas dealerships. Since the name marketed well across all geographies, the ownership team branded their Georgia and Florida locations as Ag-Pro and designed a new logo that would fit well with future growth across anywhere in the United States.

2013 | Ag-Pro Valdosta and Acquisition of GreenSouth Equipment

To capture a larger market share in the turf market, Ag-Pro opened a Valdosta, Georgia, location in March 2013. In this same year, Ag-Pro acquired GreenSouth Equipment. The acquisition of GreenSouth’s 13 locations secured a large territory in South Georgia and North Florida establishing Ag-Pro as a prominent, leading dealer across Georgia and Florida.

Valdosta

2014 | Atlanta, GA Expansion 

Acquiring GreenSouth’s dealerships paved the way for Ag-Pro to establish a footprint in Metro Atlanta. In 2014, Ag-Pro purchased Fayette Tractor in Fayetteville, Lawn Equipment Solutions in Grayson, Rockdale Tractor in Conyers, Coweta Tractor in Newnan, Mid-Georgia Tractor in Macon, and the John Deere rights from Southside Equipment in Milledgeville. With the relocation of the Fayetteville location to McDonough, Georgia, and the relocation of the Newnan location, Ag-Pro optimized the distance between their Metro Atlanta locations.

Atlanta

2014 | Ag-Pro Arkansas Sells to Greenway Equipment

 Explosive sales growth and new facilities in Arkansas caught the interest of a neighboring dealer, Greenway Equipment. After multiple attempts to purchase Ag-Pro Arkansas, the two companies agreed to a deal. In August 2014, Ag-Pro sold their seven Arkansas dealerships to Greenway Equipment and began to focus on numerous other expansion opportunities.

2015 | South Texas Implement Company Acquisition

Taft

After much negotiation, Ag-Pro acquired South Texas Implement Company’s eleven dealerships. The acquisition of these dealerships provided an opportunity for significant sales growth and an opportunity for Kirt Morris and Kyle Cooper to partner in the Texas acquisition.

2015 | Opening of the Corporate Headquarters

In the summer of 2015, Ag-Pro Companies opened their Corporate Headquarters in Boston, Georgia.

Corporate Offices

2016 | Startup Location in Seneca, South CarolinaSeneca

Specializing in lawn mowers & compact utility tractors to serve homeowners and weekend farmers as well as the small ag markets, the startup location in Seneca, South Carolina, grew the organization to 36 locations.

2017 | A Year of Startup Locations & Acquisitions

2017 was a major year of growth for Ag-Pro. In this year, Ag-Pro added 19 locations through six acquisitions and the opening of three new locations.

Snead Ag Acquisition
7 Locations across North Alabama and North Georgia


Piedmont Outdoors Acquisition
One location in Piedmont, Alabama


Collins Auto & Equipment
One location in Guntersville, Alabama


Gainesville, Georgia
New location


Anderson, South Carolina
New location

Jacksonville, Florida
New location


Cole’s Equipment Acquisition
One location in Dalton, Georgia


Fredericksburg Equipment Acquisition
One location in Fredericksburg, Texas


Neuhaus & Company Acquisition
Five locations across the Rio Grande Valley in Southern Texas

Snead

Snead Ag in Alabama

Neuhaus Weslaco

Neuhaus & Co. in Weslaco, TX

2018 | Growth Continues

In 2018, Ag-Pro continues with its rapid pace of expansions by acquiring a location in Kerrville, Texas, and opening a John Deere Sales and Rental Location in Quitman, Georgia, as well as several other major acquisitions.

Quitman Rental
Jan. 2018 – 1 Location in Quitman, GA

Secor Equipment Acquisition
Jan. 2018 – 1 Location in Kerrville, TX

Crystal River, FL
May 2018 – New Location

Wilson Equipment Acquisition
Sept. 2018 – 1 Location in Spartanburg, SC

New Braunfels, TX
Sept. 2018 – New Location

R&R Tractor Acquisition
Nov. 2018 – 1 Location in Boerne, TX

JD Equipment Acquisition
Dec. 2018 – Locations in OH and KY

Ag-Pro Rentals

2019 | Expansion into the Midwest

At the end of 2018, Ag-Pro began its fast expansion into the midwest by first acquiring JD Equipment, which had 10 stores in southern Ohio and Kentucky. By the end of January 2019, Ag-Pro had acquired two more dealerships in Ohio and opened a few new locations in Texas, Georgia and Florida. At the end of 2019, Ag-Pro operated 90 locations across nine states.

Burbank Location

Bandera, TX
Jan. 2019 – New Location

Shearer Equipment Acquisition
Jan. 2019 – 7 Locations in Ohio

Kuester Implement Acquisition
Jan. 2019 – 3 Locations in Ohio

Rome, GA
Feb. 2019 – New Location

Brunswick, GA
March 2019 – New Location

Lake City, FL
April 2019 – New Location

Homestead Lawn Acquisition
June 2019 – 1 Location in Cleveland, TN

Five Points Implement Acquisition
June 2019 – 1 Location in Hillsboro, OH

2020 | Selling Texas, More Growth in Ohio 

2020 was a year full of change in many ways and Ag-Pro was no exception. One of the biggest changes for the company was the sale of the Texas locations to new dealer, Tellus Equipment. In August 2020, the sale of the 21 stores in the Texas region became official and focus shifted to new locations, such as the addition of a brand new John Deere dealership location in Murphy, North Carolina. Growth continued into the fall with the purchase of three Ohio dealership groups, making a total of 77 locations in eight states.

Murphy, North Carolina
August 2020 – New Location

Texas Stores Sold
August 2020 - 21 Locations

Moore's Lawn & Garden
November 2020 – 2 Locations in Ohio

Cope Farm Equipment
November 2020 – 3 Locations in Ohio

Holkenborg Equipment
November 2020 – 1 Location in Ohio

Murphy Location