Paragould, Ark. — May 5, 2010 — Seven family-owned John Deere dealerships in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri announced today that they have merged their operations to form Legacy Equipment.

The dealerships involved are:

In Arkansas:

  • Corning Implement Co. — Corning
  • Kirk Equipment Co. — Paragould
  • Piggott Tractor and Equipment Co. — Piggott

In Missouri:

  • Bazzell & Wilder Inc. — Kennett
  • W.M. Crysler Co. — Hayti, New Madrid, Portageville

Under the terms of the agreement, Legacy will combine assets, management and day-to-day operations for all locations. 

“The management and stockholders of Legacy share the vision that as a unified company we can improve our ability to serve customers, increase our investment in facilities and training, and attract the most highly skilled staff”, said Kody Riggan, president and chief executive officer of Legacy Equipment.

When the consolidation is complete, Legacy will provide equipment, parts, and service to 3 counties in Northeast Arkansas and 6 counties in Southeast Missouri totaling over 1.5 million acres of production farm land.

About Legacy Equipment

Legacy Equipment is a group of four parent companies operating seven John Deere farm equipment sales and service dealerships.  These companies have been family-owned for as many as 4 generations, beginning with W.M. Crysler Company, founded in 1937, Kirk Equipment in 1945, Corning Implement Company in 1948, and Bazzell & Wilder in 1971.  Legacy provides equipment ranging from residential lawn mowers to agricultural tractors, combines, and cotton pickers. Legacy also offers a full line of replacement parts and has service capability both on site and mobile.

Contact: Kody Riggan 870-236-5475, Chief Executive Officer & President,