BLACKFOOT — A year ago, almost to the day, C&B Operations purchased Rockymountain Machinery and renamed the business Bingham County Implement.
Although customer service was important, Rockymountain often took three to four business days to receive a requested part. Now that it's the Bingham County Implement, it only takes a mere two hours to receive a part because it's part of a large corporation.
This change has proven to be especially positive for Tracy Hillman, who was delighted to accept his appointment as the new service manager at Bingham County Implement, the local John Deere dealership.
Tracy was raised on a 1,000-acre farm in the Shelley- Firth area where his family raised potatoes, wheat, barley, alfalfa, and managed 170 head on a cow-calf operation. He also has a bachelor of science degree in Ag Business/Ag Economy with a dual minor in Animal Science and Japanese from Utah State University.
Among Hillman's achievements is the American Farmer Degree Award in National FFA. He is an Idaho State certified crop advisor and an Eagle Scout. In 1991, he served an LDS Church mission in Fukuoka, Japan.
He has been self-employed for most of his life, and has successfully owned and operated his own business in the construction industry.
Hillman claims that it truly had to take something worthwhile for him to get out of the construction business, and C & B John Deere enticed him to do so.
Because he grew up on a farm, he claims that John Deere is truly the "Dream Team" to work for. He also said that it's the perfect place because, "[John Deere] has never been broke, bought, or bankrupt."
When asked what his plans and hopes for the business are, he replied, "I see (Bingham County Implement) growing tenfold."
He also said he sees working for Bingham County Implement as a solid long-term commitment.
"I think he is a great guy, and we are more than happy to have him" says store manager Brian Harrington.
Hillman's family still farms in the local area and have been great supporters of the John Deere line of equipment.
Hillman, his wife Nicole, and their children - Tristan, Sydney, Hailey Jo, Jake, and Norwegian exchange student Karrianne - have already taken their family picture with the John Deere hats and are making their father and grandparents proud.