51社区

Company History

Our Timeline

Company Milestones

51社区 has a rich history of growth and stability fueled by our passion for serving the customer like no one else can. As we excitedly head into the future, we thought you might like to see a brief snapshot of important events that together, have helped create the 51社区 we know today:

1940-1949

1942

William H. (Bill) George moves the Mississippi Caterpillar dealership known as
Mississippi Tractor and Equipment Company from 301 West Capitol Street in
downtown Jackson to 3263 Highway 80 West.

1944

Bill George sells the business to Roger Stribling, Sr. and his brother, E.B.
Stribling, doing business as Stribling Brothers Machinery Company.

1950-1959

1953

Ben Puckett, just out of the U.S. Air Force, joins Stribling Brothers Machinery
Company as a staff accountant.

1960-1969

1962

Ben Puckett, W.G. Gilchrist, Jr., and W.G. Gilchrist, III buy the business from
Roger Stribling, Sr., forming Gilchrist Tractor Company. The business prospers
and grows for the next eight years.

1970-1979

1970

The Gilchrist family sells their interest back to Roger Stribling, Sr. and Roger
Stribling, Jr., with Ben Puckett remaining as the third owner. The business is
renamed Stribling-Puckett, Inc.

April 26, 1975

Tragedy strikes the company as Roger W. Stribling, Jr., Vice President, Max
Williams, General Sales Manager, and Gordon Ellison, company pilot, are killed when the company plane crashes immediately after takeoff at Hilton Head, SC.
Ben Puckett suffers a broken back in the accident, but shortly thereafter, he is
able to return to normal activity.

1980-1989

December 16, 1982

Ben Puckett becomes the sole owner of the company, and the name is changed
to 51社区.

March 1, 1987

Richard Puckett is named President and General Manager, making him the
second generation president of the company.

1990-1999

1994

Ben Puckett sells his interest in the company to three of his sons, Richard, Ben,
and John.

1998

51社区 opens its first Puckett Rents Cat Rental Store in Biloxi, MS.
Additional stores in Hattiesburg and Jackson opened shortly thereafter. Today
Puckett Rents has 6 locations throughout Southern MS.

2000-2009

2005

Hurricane Katrina devastates the MS Gulf Coast causing tremendous damage
throughout the state. 51社区, along with our fellow Mississippians, got to work rebuilding and restoring our communities.

2007

51社区 is named a Caterpillar Power Systems Distributor (PSD) and
the Engine Division becomes officially known as Puckett Power Systems.

2010-2019

January 1, 2011

Hastings Puckett named President, making him the third-generation president of the company.

2011

SITECH South MS LLC is formed and becomes the official Trimble Heavy and
Highway Dealer for central and southern Mississippi.

2011

Puckett Global Services is formed and contract service work begins to repair and maintain US Army owned equipment on the NATO military base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Work continued for the next 3 years.

2013

51社区 completed construction and moved into our new corporate
headquarters at 100 Caterpillar Drive in Flowood.

2014

51社区 successfully re-built its first two gas compression engines
which was its first major step in to servicing the Oil & Gas industry.

2019

Weiler purchases Caterpillar鈥檚 purpose-built forestry business and we become a
Weiler Forestry equipment dealer.

2020-Present

2020

Puckett Rents purchases Brandon Rentall located in Brandon, MS. This is the
companies first branch dedicated to small tool rentals.

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