• 72°

James River employees, customers power company’s ‘parade’

By Shavonne Walker
shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Terry Shive and his family have been longtime customers of James River Equipment and when the time came for the Salisbury company to move large equipment from its old location to the new location, he was on board.

Shive and his brother, Bill, drove tractors from the company’s Klumac Road site on Saturday to a new site on Julian Road with about 45 other customers and around 10 employees in a “Power Parade.”

Shive raises angus cattle on property the Organ Church area. His father had a dairy farm.

“It was awesome. I very much enjoyed it,” Terry said.

He said being able to participate was his way to show appreciation for the company.

“I’m looking forward to continuing the relationship with them. I wish them all the luck,” Terry said.

The volunteers moved 97 units. Some of bigger pieces and lawnmowers were moved days prior.

The new James River facility on Julian Road offers five times the space as the previous location, said Marketing Coordinator Matt Holland. About seven years ago, General Manager Michael Board was tasked with finding a new location, and moving the equipment was the final step toward getting into the new building.

The new business, which is located across from the Rowan County Fairgrounds, will be open Monday.

Bill Russell has been a customer who has bought parts from the business over the years while restoring a 1947 John Deere B Tractor and said Saturday’s event was a fun experience.

Wayne Cline, his son, Douglas and 14-year-old grandson, Jace, all drove tractors.

“It was wonderful. It was nice to have that opportunity,” Wayne said.

Douglas owns Cline’s Landscapes Inc., which often involves moving a lot of mulch. So driving a tractor isn’t something foreign.

Maurice Melton and his son Christopher drove about an hour from Tobaccoville to drive in the Power Parade.

Maurice has been a customer for years and has purchased equipment from James River for a number of years. The two own Melton Family Farm, where they harvest blueberries.

“This has been a lot of fun on a Saturday. Today’s my birthday,” Maurice said beaming.

“It was great for me. I enjoyed it,” Christopher said.

The Salisbury Police blocked off a few key intersections so the parade of machinery and drivers could make it safely.

“It couldn’t have gone any smoother,” Board said.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

Comments

Coronavirus

People receiving first dose of COVID-19 vaccine grows by less than 1%

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Schools brings Skills Rowan competition back to its roots

Business

Weak jobs report spurs questions about big fed spending

News

Judge limits footage that family can see of deputy shooting in Elizabeth City

Sports

Woodland, two others share lead; Mickelson plays much worse but will still be around for weekend at Quail Hollow

Business

Former NHL player to open mobster themed bar in Raleigh

Nation/World

California population declines for first time

News

GOP leaders differ on bottom line for state spending

News

Police: Man killed in shootout with officers in Winston-Salem

Crime

Man charged after thieves rob would-be gun buyers of wallets, shoes

Crime

Blotter: Four added to sheriff’s most wanted list

High School

High school football: Some anxious moments, but Hornets win state title

Local

Photos: Salisbury High Hornets win big in 2AA championship game

Local

County manager outlines projections for the upcoming fiscal year budget, suggests uses for stimulus money

Business

Miami-based Browns Athletic Apparel opens second screen printing location in Salisbury

News

At funeral, fallen Watauga deputies remembered as ‘heroes’

Coronavirus

COVID-19 cluster identified at Granite Quarry Elementary

Coronavirus

More than half of North Carolinians have now taken at least one vaccine shot

Local

City hopes to cover expenses in 2021-22 budget with surplus revenue generated this year

Local

Fallen tree proves to be a blessing for local nonprofit Happy Roots

Local

Quotes of the week

Coronavirus

Health department drops quarantine time from 14 to 10 days

Crime

Blotter: More than $100,000 in property reported stolen from Old Beatty Ford Road site

Local

City fights invasive beetles by injecting trees with insecticide