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New Yamaha Distributor for Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas

New Yamaha Distributor for Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas

January 2014

Smiths South-Central Named New Yamaha Multi-Purpose Engine Distributor

We are excited to announce that Smiths South-Central Sales Company has been appointed as the Exclusive Yamaha Multi-Purpose Engine Distributor for the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas.

As the exclusive Yamaha engine distributor, Smiths’ responsibilities will include supplying the outdoor power equipment dealer, rental, and OEM customer base with all Yamaha multi-purpose replacement engines, engine parts, technical, and warranty services.

Smiths South-Central Sales Company’s long history serving sales, service, and rental dealers in the outdoor power equipment industry makes them the ideal choice for supporting the Yamaha outdoor power equipment growth objectives. Yamaha multi-purpose engines are currently standard equipment for many recognized worldwide equipment brands, with the expectations of many new OEM’s to be added as Yamaha expands its multi-purpose engine product line.

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 |

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.

Oregon® Harvester Center of Excellence

Oregon® Harvester Center of Excellence

May, 2014
Oregon® Harvester Centers of Excellence

Dear Smiths South-Central Dealer:

I am excited to announce that Smiths South-Central Sales Company has been appointed as the Exclusive OREGON® Harvester Distributor for the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas by Blount, Inc., Portland, Oregon.

Smiths South-Central’s appointment as the exclusive Oregon® Harvester Distributor for this southern region is part of a nationwide initiative by Blount, Inc. to establish “Harvester Centers of Excellence” throughout the United States. As a Center of Excellence, Smiths South-Central will be responsible for the distribution of all Oregon® Brand Harvester chains, bars, and harvester accessory products throughout our area. In addition to harvester product distribution, as the Harvester Center of Excellence, Smiths South-Central will be your technical and warranty processing center for all Oregon® harvester products warranty, service, and training support.

One of our first priorities will be to begin identifying specific dealers in our region to be recognized as Oregon® Harvester Key Dealers. The Oregon® Harvester Key Dealer Program is designed to reward dealers who take extra initiative to promote the sales and service of Oregon® Harvester Products. The Harvester Key Dealer Program will provide enhanced dealer identification, web recognition, and promotional incentives to all authorized Oregon® Harvester Key Dealers. Complete Key Dealer program details will be announced very soon!

For over 36 years, Smiths South-Central Sales Company has proudly distributed the full line of Oregon® products throughout our region. We are especially proud to now be your exclusive Oregon® Harvester products distributor. This recognition would not be possible without the loyal support of you, our customer.

I appreciate your business! If you have any questions regarding the Oregon® Harvester Centers of Excellence and Key Dealer programs, please call me at any time.


Robert N. Smith

2014 State of Louisiana SBA Small Business Champion

Robert Smith/Smith’s South-Central Sales Company, LLC Named SBA Small Business Person of the Year

By Tanya Capps |


Pictured at the Governors Mansion in May is Robert Smith/Smith’s South-Central Sales Company, LLC (Right) accepting the SBA Small Business Person of the Year award from Melissa J. Daigrepont, Administrative & Public Information Officer, Economic Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration (left)

Robert Smith/Smith’s South-Central Sales Company, LLC Named SBA Small Business Person of the Year on May 2nd. The company (formerly Smith Oil Company) has grown to become a full-service outdoor power equipment distributor, serving the states of Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Texas.

Robert, the son of the start-up owner, runs the business with his sister Rose. They are well respected in Webster Parish as well as having established a history of excellent customer service across the south-central United States.

Founded in 1972 in Springhill, Louisiana, the company currently operates a modern 30,00-square-foot office and distribution facility employing 30 people in rural Webster

Smith’s South-Central provides more than 40 years of personalized customer care with superior order fill rates and professional courtesy. Robert and Rose have extended their father’s small business development to increasingly impressive dimensions and show promise to continue a winning combination of small business dedication, hard work, organization and superior customer service. The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at LSU Shreveport has provided consulting services to this company on warehouse expansion and process flow improvement.

The company has been and continues to be an exemplary small business, well-representing Northwest Louisiana and the Shreveport area businesses.

Rebecca Martin of the On behalf of the North Webster Parish Industrial District Board of Directors, said, “I am pleased to endorse fully your nomination of Smiths South-Central Sales Company for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Family Business of the Year award.

Established in the early 1970s Smith Oil Company / Smiths-South Central continues its legacy as a stable, adaptive, and prosperous small business in the region. Furthermore, the population of Springhill is approximately 5100 and as an employer of approximately 27 employees, Smiths South-Central is a key economic driver in town. Focused on the betterment of the local community and held in high esteem throughout, the Smith Family has served in several leadership positions in various civic, athletic, and other organizations with their characteristic warm generosity and energy. They are rarely absent from community family events. Community volunteerism and service is a fundamental tenet of the extended Smith Family and we expect this tradition to continue in succeeding generations.

The company’s founder, W. F. “Billy” Smith is a past recipient of the Springhill-North Webster Parish Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award; in 2011 his son, Robert, was named the Chamber’s Businessman of the Year. Smiths South-Central is equally deserving of this prestigious SBA award.”