on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Meade Tractor chooses Kingsport for new $4 million corporate headquarters
Kingsport Chamber to host groundbreaking on July 24
KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Meade Tractor announced today it has selected Kingsport for its new company headquarters.
One of the largest John Deere dealers in the nation, the company’s new Kingsport facility will be located at Tri-Cities Crossing (at the intersection of Interstates 81 and 26) and will accommodate all corporate offices and its Tri-Cities Construction store.
A $4 million plus investment, the location will employ more than 30 people and will open in early 2018.
The Kingsport Chamber will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, July 24 at 11:30 a.m. at the site.
“We chose the Kingsport/Tri-Cities Crossing area as our new corporate headquarters based on the excellent proximity for the Tri-Cities market and the potential for growth with access to two interstates,” Meade Tractor President Chuck Meade said. “We have locations in Nashville, Louisville and Knoxville, but we chose Kingsport and the Tri-Cities market as our headquarters based on the region’s excellent workforce, quality of living, along with the city of Kingsport’s support.”
“Meade Tractor’s investment is great and hopefully a catalyst for more economic development in this area,” Kingsport Mayor John Clark said. “I believe the role of city government is to create an environment that allows the private sector to flourish. Meade Tractor is a great example that partnerships between businesses and government can lead to a recipe for success.”
In addition, the company has plans for expansion opportunities in the future.
“We greatly applaud and appreciate Meade Tractor’s decision to locate its corporate headquarters in Kingsport,” Kingsport Economic Development Board chair Bill Dudney said. “The company’s $4 million investment is a significant step forward in our efforts to attract business to an important gateway into our community. Meade Tractor’s decision to locate at Tri-Cities Crossing will most definitely serve as a catalyst for future development at that property.”
“We welcome Meade Tractor to Kingsport and we are most grateful for the company’s tremendous investment in our community,” Kingsport Chamber Board chair Stephen LaHair said. “Meade’s decision to choose Kingsport for its headquarters is further proof of why Kingsport is a great place for business growth and prosperity. We look forward to the company’s opening early next year.”
Meade Tractor began operations in 2010 with the purchase of a local John Deere dealer in Abingdon, Va.
During the past seven years, Meade Tractor has expanded and currently has 18 locations across Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and West Virginia. The company recently announced an acquisition in Kentucky that will add an additional four stores for a total of 22 locations.
Meade is honored to be partnered with John Deere, an American legend with more than 180 years of success.
The company is controlled by the Meade family who were all born and raised in Coeburn, Va., and who currently reside in the Tri-Cities area.