2013 Greater Shreveport Northwest Louisiana Small Business of the year

Local business, Smith’s South-Central Sales Company, LLC is named “Business of the year 2013” by “The Forum”

By Tanya Capps | Spnj1955@gmail.com

Smith’s South-Central Sales Company, located off S. Arkansas St. in Springhill, was named “Business of the Year 2013” by The Forum and the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce for their outstanding success and civic contributions in early September. The Forum Small Businesses of the Year are solicited from the greater Shreveport business community and The Senior Council of Retired Executives decides the winners. Smith’s South-Central Sales is one of the elite six that was honored for 2013.

Smith’s South-Central Sales Company is a wholesale distributor of lawn and garden parts and outdoor power equipment, swerving more than 1,200 independent retail businesses throughout the tri-state region and into Oklahoma and Mississippi. From their facility in Springhill, La., the company distributes from brand names such as Oregon, Maruyama, Efco, Troy-Built, Encore and Columbia.

The company was started by W.F. Smith “Billy” Smith in 1972 as a Mobile Oil Company gas and oil products distributor, and then transitioned to a new product line in the late 70s and a new name in 1995. Smith’s son Robert N. Smith, president, and daughter Rose S. Taliaferro, secretary-treasurer, now also run it.

“We are very honored to receive this recognition”, Robert said. “We’re a second generation business and a very active part of our local community.”

After hard work and years of growth, the company went through a potentially devastating loss of a major product line in 2009, but after much prayer and careful thought, the team was able to develop a plan that allowed them both to continue their current product lines and prepare for future expansion.

Today, Smith’s South-Central Sales Company has 32 employees and a 27,000-square-foot distribution facility, supports many scholastic, civic and industry organizations, and is looking forward to plans for major equipment upgrades to their fuel dispensing station that will allow them to be viable for years to come, as well as 10,000-square-foot facility expansion in 2015.