As more and more tractors fill the empty lot next to the local Ace Hardware store, clearing land and hauling away debris, it is becoming apparent that Morgan City will be home to the newest Tractor Supply Company location. With a soft opening currently set for April 4, 2015, Tractor Supply Company is excited about being a new member of the Morgan business community, says spokesperson Rob Hoskins. Hoskins continued saying that, As a growth-minded company, Tractor Supply Company (TSC) is always looking for potential new store locations that are a good fit as far as the target market is concerned. The location in Morgan was especially attractive to the company due to the large amount of part-time and hobby farmers, as well as horse owners in the area. This 19,097 square foot building will employ between 12 to 17 full- and part-time team members. The TSC product category expertise includes lawn and garden, as well as animal care products that service the needs of these customers. The Morgan City location will be the second in the state, with the only other Utah location in Brigham City. Tractor Supply Company is the largest operator of rural lifestyle retail stores in the United States. The company was founded in 1938 as a mail-order catalog business offering tractor parts to America’s family farmers. By 1939, it had grown into a successful retail store in Minot, North Dakota. Whether you’re caring for a backyard, or a back 40, Tractor Supply Company will have the products and services to help you get the job done. Stores supply the unique products to support their customers’ rural lifestyle, from welders and generators to animal care products and men and women’s workwear. You can also find pet supplies, animal feed, power tools, riding mowers, lawn and garden products and more. Knowledgeable staff are needed to assist with such specialized products so each store team includes welders, farmers and horse owners who collectively provide an exceptional depth of knowledge and resources. Today less than 10 percent of the company’s customers classify themselves as full-time farmers or ranchers. In fact, Tractor Supply’s largest customer segment does not farm at all. They are more aptly described as rural or suburban homeowners, or self-reliants. According to the company website, a rural lifestyle is a celebration of independence. Self-reliance is a source of great pride, but the do-it-yourself attitude doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. The spirit of neighbor helping neighbor, exemplified by traditional barn raisings, is the foundation of life out here. This commitment to each other, to being there for neighbors and friends, is what sustains us through good times and bad. These community values have earned Tractor Supply Company a reputation for service that goes The Country Mile. But service means more than helping customers save time and money. It means serving our communities and supporting the programs that strengthen them, protecting a way of life for today as well as ensuring that option for our children. In addition to the substantial support of 4-H, FFA and AQHA at the corporate level, local Tractor Supply stores host thousands of fundraisers for the local chapters and groups. The majority of the money they help to raise stays in the local community. In the case of 4-H, this money has helped fund hundreds of hands-on learning programs, a Junior Master Gardener Program, and local scholarships that serve as the only means by which some 4-Hers can attend National Congress or 4-H camp. Local high school ag advisors and FFA Chapters often host fundraisers at Tractor Supply locations near them to raise money for community projects like building a school greenhouse. Stores also work with local FFA members to support specific programs and proficiencies by providing demonstrations from knowledgeable Tractor Supply employees and vendor partners. Tractor Supply stores are active sponsors of county fairs, where many 4-H and FFA youth compete and showcase their efforts. They are committed to financial support, sponsorships and supplying needed products to help meet the needs of these annual fairs. Many store managers serve on their fair boards, providing leadership and hands-on help throughout the year. For more information, please visit www.TractorSupply.com.