Stowers Machinery Corporation, along with Vulcan Materials, will host a Tennessee Tailgate Party on Sept. 10 at Bristol Motor Speedway to cheer on the Vols as they prepare to take on Virginia Tech in the Battle at Bristol.
On game day, Sept. 10, the folks from Stowers and Vulcan will be set up in the Tennessee Tailgate area of the All American Campgrounds near Bristol Motor Speedway from 11 a.m. until game time, and we’ll have food and drinks for tailgate party guests from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Come join us for tailgate party games, food, fellowship and fun. If you’re a Virginia Tech fan, you’re welcome to join us as well. We’ll teach you how to sing Rocky Top! If you would like to join us for food and drinks, please RSVP to help us plan how much food we should buy.
Bud Stowers, age 94, passed away peacefully at his home on July 7, 2016. He was the oldest of the three brothers (Bud, Dick and Harry) who started Stowers Machinery Corporation in 1960.
He and his brothers were born and raised in Bluefield, West Virginia. A combat Marine in World War II, Bud came home after the war and joined his father’s automobile business, Stowers Motors. In the mid 1950s, Bud developed a keen interest in Caterpillar. His younger brother, Harry Stowers, had started working for Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois, and the Cat dealer for West Virginia, Cecil Walker, was Bud’s good friend. In 1958, he applied to Caterpillar to become a Cat dealer, and in 1960, the East Tennessee Caterpillar territory became available.
Bud and his brothers, Dick and Harry, purchased the assets of the R.L. Harris Company and started Stowers Machinery in October 1960. Bud retired in 1982 and stayed in Knoxville for the remainder of his life. He lost his wife, Jewell, in 2009 and is survived by his son, Duffy Stowers, three granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.
We’ve added some new people and promoted some others. Just in case you haven’t met them yet, we’d like to introduce some of our folks.
Wesley Cowden has joined Stowers Machinery as a compact construction equipment sales representative in the West Knoxville store.
Skip Turner has joined Stowers Machinery as a compact construction equipment sales coordinator in the West Knoxville store.
Hunter King has been promoted from equipment fleet specialist to rental coordinator at our West Knoxville store. Hunter has worked his way up from the warehouse to his current position over the past four years, so you may already know him.
Matthew Reid has been promoted from his position as rental coordinator and is now a machine inside sales representative at the West Knoxville store.