When Jim Craig started this company in 1949, packages wrapped for Parcel Post shipment to customers were loaded on a Red Wagon and pulled to a nearby post office. Today, Forestry Suppliers, Inc. is a direct-mail supplier for natural resource professionals worldwide.
Our annual catalog features thousands of quality products for the forestry, environmental science, surveying/engineering, horticulture, grounds maintenance, educational professionals and more.
And our Red Wagon service continues with product support services including technical support before and after the sale, a bilingual sales staff, experienced customer service representatives, a knowledgeable bid and contract department, and an in-house repair service which all reinforce our guarantee of 100% satisfaction.
With a graduate degree in forestry and following over four years World War II service with the United States Army in England, 33-year-old James William “Jim” Craig returned to his native Mississippi in 1946 and soon began working with the Mississippi Forestry Commission. On July 1, 1948, Jim Craig hung out his shingle as a Consulting Forester, making him a Mississippi pioneer in that field. Things went well for a while until a business recession in 1949 began to take its toll. Lumber and pulpwood industries were hard hit, and the demand for consulting forestry services took a nosedive.
The economic downturn forced Jim Craig to seek ways to supplement his income. He then got the idea for a new business sideline, which he called Jim Craig’s Supply Service. The company’s first sale, invoiced February 21, 1949, was for a tree scale stick. The retail price was $1.60, plus Mississippi sales tax of 3 cents. Operating from their home, Jim and his wife, Dorabel, were soon exhibiting merchandise at gatherings for foresters. They used simple brochures to attract new customers. Word-of-mouth “advertising” also came into play. The little business grew.
In December of 1951, Jim and Dorabel set up an impressive exhibit of forestry equipment for delegates at the national convention of the Society of American Foresters held in Biloxi, Mississippi. The response exceeded expectations and, virtually overnight, the business began to spread nationwide.
During January, 1952, Jim Craig’s Supply Service was incorporated as Forestry Suppliers, Inc. Leaving his business in the hands of others, Jim Craig served as State Forester of Mississippi during the administration of Governor Hugh L. White from 1952 until 1956. He returned to Forestry Suppliers, Inc., as president and general manager in 1956. In 1963, after outgrowing three earlier locations, Forestry Suppliers moved into its own building at 205 West Rankin Street. A major expansion project was completed in 1974, one in 1990, and another in 1995 making a total now of over 100,000 square feet of office and warehouse space under one roof. Because of its unique brand of customer service, Forestry Suppliers, Inc., continues to grow and to build new friends all over the world.
Here at Hussey Sod Farm in Tupelo, MS, we take pride in providing you with prompt service and high-quality sod.
Whether you need a small patch of lawn replaced, or a large quantity of sod, you can trust our crew to get the job done!
We are committed to providing you with nothing but the best in sod. Our professionals will promptly deliver any of our 4 different high-quality sod varieties, and ensure that it is a perfect fit for your lawn or commercial property.
Sod grown right from the start.
Grown on some of the best soil in the south and guided from the by some of the country’s leading specialist, turf from Oasis Sod Farms gets one of the best beginnings in the business.
Specializing in six diverse, quality grasses, Oasis Sod Farms maintains one of the highest quality control programs in the industry. Strict attention to irrigation, regular spraying for weeds and insects, and the highest quality fertilization possible all help to insure our customers of the best start possible to years of beautiful turf.
Rainey Sod Farm Inc is one of the first sod farms to open in the area. We are pioneers in the industry, and we understand our customers want quality turf with excellent customer service. We will be happy to deliver your sod right to your door! We service a huge area, ranging as far at as 300 miles to get you the best quality product and service in the region. We are certified sod growers, and we also take part in the Mississippi Seed Improvement Association, Turf Producers International, and are members of the Home Builders Association. Let us help you find the right turf for your property, and we won’t let you down!
With 35 years of experience in the sod industry, we’re sure that our knowledge and skills will please you. We can handle all sizes of jobs for commercial and residential areas. We will continually strive to offer the best quality and service possible in everything we do. We hope that you call Rainey Sod Farm today for all your turf needs.
With our customers in mind, we strive to be the best.
We are one of the world’s leading wholesalers of Flowerbulbs, and horticulture products for the home gardener and the professional grower. Van Bloem products are distributed throughout the United States.
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We are leaders in the marketplace with new introductions, outstanding varieties and a comprehensive selection. Ask about the complete range of products and services we can offer you.