Mark Chesson and Sons, Williamston, NC
In 1962, Mark Chesson decided that the Chesson family should put their talents to use serving the farming community- the largest industry in eastern NC. Transitioning from an auto repair/radiator shop, Mark Chesson and Sons opened as the Allis Chalmers dealer in Williamston, NC.
The first Mark Chesson and Sons’ shop was housed in mule stables in downtown Williamston. In 1965, they moved to the sweet potato building down the street for more operating space. The final move occurred in 1975 when the family relocated to their permanent location on Chesson Drive. Urban renewal moved them out into the ”suburbs” of Williamston where they were the first farm equipment dealer on the” main drag” through town. To this day, you can see tractors driving through town on the way to the farm, warehouse or home.
A huge milestone in the Mark Chesson and Sons story was the acquisition of Ford tractors in 1985. To this day, they remain a strong New Holland dealership complemented by several other equipment lines serving local farmers who tend wheat, corn, soybeans, peanuts and tobacco.
Elwood and Keith Chesson (Mark’s sons) are the dealer principals. Family members involved in parts, service and sales are: Jimmy, Eddie, Chris, Brandon, Sara and Kenneth.
Every day, each employee at Mark Chesson and Sons is charged with providing service, equipment, parts and support to make you feel like a valued part of the family. It’s unusual in this day and time to be able to walk into a company and speak to the owner or partner. This personal touch goes hand in hand with today’s technology to provide solutions for the modern, local grower.
Other equipment in the Chesson family: KMC, Stihl, Simplicity, Woods, Briggs & Stratton, Reddick, Great Plains, Hardee and Landoll.