October is here, bringing a very special event to the BBI Spreaders trade show calendar. The greatest agriculture show in the American South, the Sunbelt Ag Expo, is coming, and next week’s 36th’s edition of the event marks a new chapter of strength and innovation for BBI with the advent of our relationship with our new parent company, Salford Farm Machinery.
The Sunbelt Ag Expo will run from October 14-16 at its traditional location at Spence Field in Moultrie, Georgia, about five hours south of BBI’s headquarters in the northern part of the state. The 100-acre exhibit site, flanked by a 600-acre working research farm, hosts a hybrid indoor-outdoor show that attracts over 1,00 exhibitors showcasing more than 1,200 product lines to more than 100,000 attendees from across the southern United States each year.
Farmers attending the Sunbelt Ag Expo are regional and national leaders in production of crops such as peanuts, corn, cotton, soybeans, and turf. In addition to the product exhibits and demonstrations from equipment areas like tillage and broadcast application, attending farmers enjoy multiple educational opportunities from agricultural schools at leading universities.
Representing BBI Spreaders at the show will be business unit President Richard Hagler and Director of Sales and Marketing Lee Kilpatrick, as well as three territory sales managers, Dennis McCauley (Midwest and Northeast, Brian Hobson (Southwest and West), and Randy Copeland (South and Southeast). Rounding out the BBI Sunbelt team is Russell McEver, manager of after-market parts and electronics sales at the company’s Cornelia, Georgia headquarters.
Adding extra firepower to this year’s Sunbelt Ag Expo is the addition of executives from the sales and marketing group at Salford Farm Machinery, BBI’s new parent, partner, and the maker of the world’s finest tillage, seeding, and fertilizing equipment. Joining the BBI team at the show will be Salford President Geof Gray and Director of Global Sales and Marketing David King, as well as a pair of the company’s territory sales consultants, Jim Danielson and Keith Belt.
Completing our strongest ag show lineup in company history are representatives from two of BBI’s strongest dealers in the Southeast. Trey Smith and Trey Hodges of the Ag Equipment division of Tennessee Farmer’s Cooperative, with over 150 retail locations in Tennessee and surrounding states, will be in the BBI booth, as will Matthew Brantley of James River Equipment, a dealer with nearly two dozen locations in Virginia and the Carolinas.
This unprecedented gathering of people from BBI, Salford, Tennessee Farmer’s, and James River will be educating southern farmers on the benefits of multiple stars of the BBI family of products including the recently-launched Javelin, from the company’s Producer Series line of spreaders optimized for large-acreage applications. Also on display at the Sunbelt Ag Expo will be Endurance, the standard-setter for application of litter, manure, and other organic materials, and its hydraulic counterpart for precision application of fertilizer and lime, MagnaSpread.
The company will also showcase a pair of its heritage products in the mechanical applicator space. Liberty is the company’s original mechanical, ground-wheel-drive spreader for fertilizer and lime applications, while Grasshopper is optimized for mid-season top-dressing of emergent plants.
And in yet another special twist to this year’s show, Salford Farm Machinery will display one of its most recent patented designs, the latest in a long line of innovations in tillage, in BBI’s booth at the Sunbelt Ag Expo—a literal demonstration of the combined might of the newly-combined companies.
“We are excited to write the next chapters of the BBI story with Salford and our dealer partners beginning at next week’s Sunbelt Ag Show,” stated Kilpatrick. “It is our honor and privilege to share with our southern neighbors the combined strength of Salford and BBI, an unbeatable tandem in tillage and broadcast application. Together we are advancing the economics of farming to sustain production for generations to come.”
For more information on the 2013 Sunbelt Ag Show, visit the show website at www.sunbeltexpo.com.