Dealer Spotlight (South): Sussex Irrigation

Sussex Irrigation, headquartered in the central Delaware town of Laurel, is BBI’s key dealer partner for the Eastern Shore region of northern Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware.

David Brown, the company’s owner, has built a solid business in delivering Zimmatic irrigation systems to Eastern Shore farmers, offering high levels of precision in watering of crops. About 10 years ago, Brown and Sussex began working with BBI, with our company’s focus on precision in dry material application a natural complement to his irrigation systems and their support products and services.

To meet the Eastern Shore’s high demand for organic material applications, Sussex irrigation has focused its spreader business on BBI’s Endurance line.  Endurance is the company’s best-in-class hydraulic solution for organic material applications.  Available in both pull-type and truck-mount versions, Endurance models come standard-equipped with BBI’s exclusive Binary Manifold system for plugging into precision agriculture technology.

As of August 2013, Endurance models also come standard-equipped with the latest offering from BBI Electronics, the Task Command System. The new precision ag technology suite couples first-class navigation and guidance applications with variable-rate technology to take field agronomy to its maximum yield potential.

With about 40 total employees and five key personnel focused on equipment sales, Sussex Irrigation is known for its commitment to service and being an early and strong adopter for introducing precision agriculture technology to the Eastern Shore.

According to Lee Kilpatrick, Director of Sales and Marketing at BBI Spreaders, David Brown is one of the most respected dealership owners in the BBI network: “David just does things the right way,” stated Kilpatrick. “The team at Sussex is trustworthy, faithful, and reliable to everyone they serve.

“David and his people are tenacious—they have a rock-solid commitment to BBI’s customers after the sale with parts availability and great service to keep their spreaders fine-tuned and working in the field. I’ve seen him overcome a lot of economic obstacles and marketplace challenges through the years, and Sussex always comes out stronger for the long haul.”

For more information on BBI’s spreaders available for sale or rent at Sussex Irrigation, visit the company’s website at




BBI Team Heads to Sunbelt Ag Expo

While our team enjoys seeing our dealers and customers at ag shows across North America each year, the month of October brings a special event to the BBI calendar with the Sunbelt Ag Expo in our home state of Georgia.

Held annually at Spence Field in Moultrie, the Sunbelt Ag Expo is a hybrid indoor-outdoor show with a 100-acre exhibit site flanked by a 600-acre working research farm.  The 35th edition of the Expo will take place this year from October 15-17.

More than 100,000 attendees from across the South, as well as multiple international visitors, make the annual trek to Moultrie for one of the country’s premier ag shows.  Sunbelt features over 1,200 exhibitors showcasing more than 4,000 product lines representing the latest in farming equipment and technology.

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, attending farmers enjoy multiple educational opportunities from agricultural schools at leading universities.

At this year’s Expo, Lee Kilpatrick, Director of Sales and Marketing, and Randy Copeland, Territory Sales Manager for the southeastern United States, will lead a large BBI contingent in attendance.  The BBI team will showcase multiple spreaders across the BBI family of products, including MagnaSpread, Endurance, Liberty, and Grasshopper.

MagnaSpread and Endurance are BBI’s flagship lines of hydraulic spreaders optimized for precision agriculture.  The industry leader in precision application of fertilizer and lime, MagnaSpread is available in pull-type and truck-mount versions with a variety of sizes and option packages tailored to environments ranging from golf courses, ag & turf farms, orchards, and vineyards to large-acreage farming operations.

The industry leader in cost-in-use for application of litter, manure, and other organic applications, Endurance is also available in pull-type and truck-mount options.  Like MagnaSpread, Endurance comes standard-equipped with BBI’s Binary Manifold, which makes connections to ISOBUS-ready technology platforms a snap.  The two flagship hydraulic lines also come standard-equipped with the recently-launched guidance and variable-rate technology suite from BBI Electronics, the Task Command System.

Liberty is BBI’s original tandem-axle, ground-wheel-drive spreader for a variety of medium-capacity applications on the farm.  Grasshopper is a high-clearance, single-axle, ground-wheel-drive mechanical spreader specifically targeted for top dressing of row crops.

“BBI Spreaders is proud to once again showcase our family of fine spreaders at this year’s Sunbelt Ag Expo,” stated Kilpatrick.  “We design, engineer, and manufacture our products right here in our home state of Georgia, and we’re proud that our spreaders improve economic performance of farming operations all over the world.  We look forward to seeingfriends old and new at Sunbelt in October.”

For more information on the 2013 Sunbelt Ag Show, visit the show website at



Meet Russ McEver—BBI’s New Problem-Solver Extraordinaire

BBI Spreaders is proud to announce the hiring of Russ McEver, professional problem-solver, for our growing team of precision agriculture professionals.

A graduate of Georgia Southern University, Russ brings a wealth of business experience to BBI, working with farmers and other businesspeople in a variety of capacities throughout his career, including industry roles in finance, meat packing, machining, and hardware, tools, and equipment.  This married father of two personifies the BBI mission with his focus on improving customer economics in the areas of inside sales, parts, and precision agriculture technology applications.

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