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Farragut Lawn and Tractor prepares to expand business


Farragut business owner Wayne Davis covered a lot of territory in his 26 years in the military, but said the greatest challenge he has enjoyed is creating and growing a business.

Davis, owner of Farragut Lawn and Tractor at 13127 Kingston Pike, plans on expanding his business with the creation of a new building and showroom next to his current building.

“We’re going to build a ten-thousand-square-foot new building,” he said. “It will have a showroom, more space for our inventory and more room for our maintenance.”

Davis said his son, Bratton, has drawn up the plans for the new building. It has been approved by the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission, and they are just waiting for their grading permit to break ground.

“There was a little more construction cost involved, so we’re taking a look at that too to see where we can cut costs,” he said.

The current building housing Farragut Lawn and Tractor is a former service station with a large warehouse toward the rear of the property.

“Every morning we have to bring the inventory out to the front and take it back in every evening,” Davis said. “That’s a time consuming effort and not very productive.”

The daily labor-intensive movement of inventory and growth in the number of customers being served is what led Davis to the decision to expand his business.

“We probably have about a hundred-and-fifty customers a day on a good day,” he said. “Our Web site probably gets about a thousand hits per day.”

Davis said the business specializes in John Deere equipment, such as riding lawn mowers, farm tractors and a variety of other John Deere products. The business also specializes in commercial grass cutting equipment, including the large industrial mowers used by cities and municipalities.

“We do a lot of business with the local governments and businesses,” Davis said. “We ship products overseas too.”

On the maintenance side of the business, Davis said they would service any product they sell to their customers. If a customer purchases John Deere equipment, Davis and his staff will work on it too.

“Due to time constraints and a shortage of staff, we only service our customers or those with John Deere equipment,” he said. “We just don’t have the time to service other products and give our customers priority.”

Davis said he expects the business to grow to a greater degree once the new building is finished.

Davis said he likes farm equipment and grew up on a farm in Hartsville. He later went on to get a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee. He joined the military and spent two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. After that, he became joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and eventually ended up in Washington, D.C.

Davis left the military in 1983 and in 1991 purchased the business on Kingston Pike.

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