The Lake Anna Business Partnership selected Bill Towsey, a self-described “old country boy,” as the 2014 Business Person of the Year recipient at the organization’s Jan. 28 meeting at Tim’s at Lake Anna.
Towsey owns and operates Tractor Hill Equipment, located at the corner of Chopping Road and Zachary Taylor Highway north of the town of the Mineral near Wares Crossroads.
After a 34-year career with Louisa Auto Parts, Towsey opened a tractor dealership at his home in 1995.
“Admittedly, he has the inability to just sit around the house and that has served him well in his 45-year marriage to Diane,” Chris McCotter, LABP president said while recognizing Towsey.
Over the years, many changes have taken place with the business as it has grown, such as bringing his son-in-law, Todd Freeman, onboard, moving to the current location and adding more product lines.
McCotter quipped that Tractor Hill sells Echo chain saws, which Towsey “is always happy to demo for customers” and tree climbing equipment “which he does not demo.” The business’s product line continues to expand and will include E-Z-Go Golf Carts beginning in 2014.
“I came to Lake Anna before Lake Anna was here,” Towsey, a lifelong native of Louisa County, said. As a deacon at Trinity Baptist Church and past Mineral Fire Department Chief, his personal support for the community is wide-spread.
Towsey also was honored with the Louisa Chamber of Commerce’s Business Person of the Year Award in 2010.
The bright orange Kioti equipment and yellow Scag mowers stand side-by-side with other new and used inventory to make Tractor Hill Equipment a well-recognized landmark for lake residents turning off Rt. 208 to take a short-cut to Louisa.
Area residents have seen Tractor Hill’s equipment, including some really large tractors, at area fairs.
Interestingly, Towsey’s business started as a hobby. But after buying numerous tractors displaying “for sale” signs parked in yards bordering country roads, his wife quit asking why he needed another one.
To read the entire story, see the Feb. 6 edition of The Central Virginian.