Anderson Tractor, above all, is a family business.

“It’s really just an extension of our family,” owner Kaine Anderson said.

The business began in 1971, when Anderson’s father and grandfather started it together. Originally it was called Dick’s Barn, Anderson said, but his father changed the name to Anderson Tractor in 1985. Anderson began working at the business in 1991 after graduating high school, and now he owns it and has his own sons there with him.

“A lot of times I have to realize that people come in here, they’re not just talking to my boy, they’re dealing with my son, or my wife in the office or my dad; it’s just part of honestly who we are,” Anderson said. “It’s all we’ve done, it’s really all we know. I love the business itself as an entity, it sustains and supports us, (but) without us there to make it, it wouldn’t be anything.”

Anderson Tractor sells tractors, agricultural and farm equipment, mowers and more. They also service all the brands that they sell.

”That’s what our main focus is, is if we sell it, we service it, so we don’t really have an open shop to every brand, because if we did we wouldn’t be able to service the ones we sold,” Anderson said.

Although Carthage is considered a small market, Anderson said, Anderson Tractor has been recognized nationally for the last three years by Gravely, a brand they specialize in.

”We’re one of the top dealers in the state of Texas for them,” he said. “We also we service ... several counties, Harrison, Shelby and then we go on over to — a lot of business into Louisiana. So we have people that’ll drive 70, 80 miles to get a part because we invest a lot of time and money it.”

Anderson is grateful for the local support and business that has, for one, helped make Anderson the top place for tractor/farm equipment as recognized in this year’s Best of Panola contest.

”It means a lot,” he said. “...We can’t make everybody happy in the business, you never will, but the fact that we do try hard to, (we’re) still trying every day.”

Anderson stressed that a big thing that makes a difference for the business is the employees they have.

”The employees we do have are like family to us,” Anderson said. “And Ronnie’s been here 20 years, I got Brett, someone that I trust to run my sales, and ... we work kids out of high school doing summer jobs for programs and do stuff like that to help them.”

Anderson Tractor is located at 115 County Road 305, two miles north of Carthage on U.S. 59. They’re open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.