By Brent Brown Daily News
Greensburg Daily News
---- — GREENSBURG – Lowe’s Pellets and Grain continued its 50th anniversary celebration Saturday by opening its doors to those who helped make a half century of success possible: Its loyal customers.
Being in the animal feed business for this long has led to Lowe’s culling quite a group of patrons, and more than 500 of them visited the business Saturday morning and into the early afternoon.
In keeping with an old tradition, the Lowe’s family served up a pork chop dinner – a throwback to the company’s “Pork Chop Days” of the 1970s – along with sides of green beans, applesauce, potato chips and cookies.
Children were treated to a bounce house and face painting courtesy of members of the St. Mary’s Youth Ministry Program, leading to plenty of fun for the younger set. Those interested in getting a “behind the scenes” look at the business were also given free grain bin tours conducted by Lowe’s president and manager Alan Lowe. The end of the trip allowed attendees to take home Lowe’s baseball caps, pens and other assorted goodies essentially just for stopping by.
Kristy Lowe, wife of Alan, said she and the rest of the family were quite pleased with the turnout. Kristy Lowe mentioned the Customer Appreciation Day allowed the Lowe’s family to meet in person with customers based in Iowa, Ohio, Minnesota and elsewhere, who typically don’t have the opportunity to visit the Tree City often.
The day went off without a hitch, following months of planning by the Lowe’s Board of Directors which is composed of Alan, Kristy, and Regina Lowe, and Mark and Dawn Schuman. A family function the night before also gave company founder and family patriarch Floyd Lowe, now 95-years-old, a chance to visit and reminisce. Kristy Lowe said Floyd is excited about the 50th anniversary milestone of the business he and his late wife Elizabeth began in the early ‘60s, and he stated it has been “a privilege to serve” the Greensburg and Decatur County community.
Although Saturday’s Customer Appreciation Day represented the largest single-day event planned for this year’s golden anniversary celebration, the company has been busy this year offering financial assistance to various agriculture-related programs and students planning a future career in related fields.
Kristy told the Daily News $2,000 was given to each of the FFA programs at North Decatur High School, Greensburg Community High School and South Decatur High School earlier this year, in addition to a pair of identical donations to the local 4-H program and the Decatur County Community Foundation’s Ag Field of Interest Fund.
Those gifts came on the heels of three donations given to one student from each local high school last spring. Those scholarships were $1,000 each and were intended to help students planning a career in an agricultural field.
The business’ 30 or so employees will also reap the benefits of the anniversary, with one Lowe’s associate receiving an extra $50 each day throughout the month of July via a drawing.
Not at all forgotten in the celebration were Tim and Marge Hamilton, who helm the Milroy incarnation of Lowe’s Pellets and Grain. Both were part of the Greensburg event Saturday as well.
As for what the future holds, Kristy Lowe commented that keeping Lowe’s traditions of “quality, integrity and service” were paramount going forward.
She also complimented the efforts of the Lowe’s employees in helping keep the plant tidy for Saturday’s walkthroughs and she added thanks to Greensburg Community High School Home Economics Teacher Debbie Sellers for helping prepare the pork chop dinners. The main courses of those meals were provided by area pork producers, she said.
But it was the family, customers and other business associates that helped make Saturday’s celebration a memorable one.
“It was nice getting to spend time with people we have a working relationship with but rarely see in person,” said Kristy Lowe.
“And getting some face time to talk about the business side and life in general - it was neat to do that.”
Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056