?? F.B. McAfoos & Co. - About Us

Fred B McAfoos opened his business in Benton sometime around 1918. Previously he had worked with his father and brother Ollie in a retail lumber business in Whittington Il. It is said that most of the lumber that originally built Sesser Il came from the Whittington yard. In 1918 a spark from a passing locomotive started a fire that completely destroyed the lumber yard, after that, Fred moved his family to Benton and started a new venture.


The new business was located on East Church near the C & EI railroad office and sold feed and farmstead equipment. In his first year of operation Fred sold 50 Delker Brother’s buggies, the next year he only sold 2. It was the end of an era and the beginning of the mechanization of agriculture. Feed, flour, and cream separators were the main commodities sold, much of which was delivered by horse drawn wagons. In the 30’s Fred added a harness shop, and in the 40’s moved just east of the old Webster JR High School in Benton. The harness shop finally closed in the 50’s but the feed and equipment business remained in the same location until 1968.

 

Fred’s son, John, joined the business after returning from World War 2 and as rationing eased, more emphasis was placed on tractors and equipment. John moved the business to the old Ward Dairy Farm location in 1968. Tom McAfoos joined the business as the 3rd generation in 1977 and in 1979 the business moved one more time to its current location on Highway 34 East in Benton. The business has continued to expand and evolve since the move including 2 major building additions. Current facilities include over 6000 sq ft of sales and parts area, 40,000 sq ft of warehouse area, and over 9000 sq ft of shop space located on a 10 acre lot.

 

Over the years F B McAfoos has represented International Harvester, John Deere, De LaVal cream separators and milking equipment, Massey Harris, Case, Deutz, Ford and many other short line brands of equipment. For the past 60 plus years FBM has represented the New Holland line, added the Ford tractor line in the 1980’s (now New Holland) and the Kubota line of tractors in the 1990’s. Along with farm equipment, FBM offers an ever expanding line of lawn and garden equipment for the home owner and commercial market. Brands include Grass Hopper, Cub Cadet, Stihl, eXmark, and Kubota. In addition FBM offer light construction equipment sales and rental including skid steer loaders and mini excavators.


 

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