Reynolds Farm Equipment to build in front of fairgrounds

Gus Pearcy | The Lebanon ReporterNEW DIGS: Reynolds Farm Equipment is building a new Boone County store on South Indianapolis Road in front of the Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds. Pictured tossing dirt for the groundbreaking are (from left) Reynolds Corporate General Manager Chris O'Neal, Reynolds president Angela Hungate, Reynolds owner Gary Reynolds, Myers Construction owner Don Myers, Reynolds vice president Mary Lawson, Leabnon store manager Andy Reitz and Reynolds CEO Mitch Frazier.

Reynolds Farm Equipment has broken ground on a new building in front of the Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds on South Indianapolis Road. The John Deere dealership hopes to have the new 25,000-square-foot facility open by planting season next year, Reynolds CEO Mitch Frazier said.

“As you know, Boone County and this area continues to see rapid growth, both on the residential and commercial side, as well as the ag side,” Frazier said. “This facility positions us well to serve farmers, specifically, as well as homeowners and those commercial operators. Whitestown continues to be one of the fastest growing communities in Indiana. We want to make sure that we are positioned to serve them, as well as ag customers.”

There are five Reynolds locations in Indiana, and one each in Kentucky and Ohio.

“We serve everyone from a homeowner to a farmer to a landscaper to a golf course owner,” Frazier said. “Here we will be able to sell everything from lawnmowers to combines, just like we do down the street.”

In addition to the showroom, there will be a storage facility and a large parking lot. Frazier said the company has owned the land in front of the fairgrounds for about four years.

Last year, Boone County was negotiating with Reynolds for a land swap for the parcel of land adjacent to the Boone County Economic Development Corporation, across the road. County commissioner Jeff Wolfe said the county was interested in keeping that land, that everyone assumes is owned by the county, for fairground expansion. However, the details just never reached a point where both sides were comfortable, so the deal was dropped.

The entrance to the fairgrounds will be maintained. Wolfe said Reynolds is a great company to work with. Frazier said the current facility was leased, not owned by Reynolds.

Construction is expected to begin in 30 days.