Fisher & Thompson Celebrating 30th Anniversary

7/6/2013 7:00 AM

LEOLA, Pa. — Fisher & Thompson, a milking equipment dealer with more than 100 employees and nine locations in Pennsylvania, is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

“Having grown from humble beginnings to one of the largest milking equipment dealers on the East Coast, we want to thank the dairymen who continue to put their trust in Fisher & Thompson,” said partner Rick Thompson.

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, Fisher & Thompson will be awarding a number of prizes with the support of several key vendors.

Fisher & Thompson began in 1983 with founders Rick Thompson and Amos Fisher working out of their garages.

“We were offered the opportunity to be a Westfalia dealership and at the time our garages were what we had to work with,” Thompson said. “I’m sure we could not have imagined at that time we would be fortunate enough to grow to our current size and capabilities.”

The dealership expanded its milking equipment enterprise in 1989 by including a complete line of animal health products, along with a new partner, Merle Ressler, to manage the animal health division.

In 2006, Lely, a company based in Holland, selected Fisher & Thompson to be the first U.S. dealer to offer its robotic milking system.

“I’m proud that companies known for quality innovations have identified Fisher & Thompson as a valuable partner because, in the end, the dairymen we support benefit,” Thompson said. “We’ve come a long way from those early days in the garage.”

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