Power Tool Company
Power Tool Company is a wholesale distributor of outdoor power equipment located in beautiful Johnson City, Tennessee. We represent SCAG Commercial mowers, Scag Giant-Vac products, Brown Bed Edgers and Trench Masters, Velke sulkies and Grass Gobbler catchers. Over the years, Power Tool Company has established a reputation among dealers in the Southeast for excellence in customer service and all phases of distributor operations.
With three McCullough chain saws and a rented bay at the Shell station in 1953, Fred Whitson, Sr., launched the humble beginnings of Power Tool Company. Whitson's family had been in the logging business for years and Fred knew with good products and great customer service the budding chain saw business could become very successful.
Northeast Tennessee was prime for an operation such as Power Tool Company, rich in timber and a population that utilized wood for home heating. the company prospered and additional product lines became a consideration while attention to the customer remained a key focus.
Assisted by his wife Jackie, Power Tool Company became the exclusive dealer for Scots outboard motors in the late 1950's and continued to earn respect as a small business that serviced Briggs & Stratton engines and various chain saw brands as well as marine and motorcycle equipment.
Success brought expansion and by the mid 1960's Power Tool Company relocated three times due to overcrowding and popularity of their business. By the early 1970's the chain saw business was exploding. A new German manufacturer named Stihl was seeking distribution channels and Power Tool Company entered the distribution business to serve Tennessee, Western North Carolina and South West Virginia.
The partnership with Stihl prospered and Fred Sr's son, Fred Jr., joined the company serving as a Sales Representative, Marketing Coordinator and later becoming company President. Today, Fred Jr. serves as Chairman.
Fred Jr. began the connectivity with Power Tool company's major lines of distribution today. Recognizing that the consumer market was moving toward large chain discount stores, Fred Jr. focused his attention on the commercial market and the current brands distributed: SCAG Commercial Mowers, Giant-Vac and Velke.
Through the efforts of the past, a defined wholesale distribution area was carved out and field representation began calling on outdoor power equipment retail dealers. Today, Power Tool Company is a multi-million dollar wholesale distributor with a defined area that includes Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Southern Virginia and Southeastern West Virginia. Power Tool Company is continually ranked and recognized by manufacturers as a leader within the industry. Power Tool Company employees work hard to remain close to the roots of their company.
The company continues to deliver good quality products and provide great customer service.