Long before Matthews & Sons Equipment officially opened, Paul Matthews and his family had been helping area farmers get back into their fields.
"My dad did this for years. He rebuilt tractors and sold them," Matthews said. So when the opportunity presented itself, Matthews took over an existing business and renamed it Matthews & Sons Equipment in Fredericktown, Missouri, January 1, 2016. The business focuses on servicing all makes of tractors, ATVs and UTVs, as well as being Southeast Missouri's home for Branson Tractors.
"Branson really takes care of their customers," Matthews said. There isn't a question when it comes to warranty work."
"Selling a new tractor is a great feeling. It's great to see customers try your product."
Repair work on other tractors have kept Matthews & Sons Equipment busy. Rebuilding and repairing tractors is what the family did at their home shop as a hobby before putting their name on a business.
"We will be here for the long haul," Matthews said. "We aren't going anywhere. We will probably be in business for a long time as a family. It's fun to have a family business."
Helping farmers get back to work in their fields is something the Matthews family has been doing for a long time.