We here at Rimshot Creative are so proud to have been a part of this amazing project with Thompson Machinery and Habitat For Humanity as the website developers for http://wwwthompsoncatcommunity.com. This site served as the central hub for tracking the fund raising program and the project builds over the course of the year. We are thrilled that it was a big success. And congratulations to Eagle Reclaimed Lumber for winning the $10,000 prize.
Eagle Reclaimed Lumber, a local company in Murfreesboro, TN, specializes in recovering wood from old barns, houses, and other antique structures. The reclaimed lumber is then transformed into flooring, wall and ceiling board, doors, mantels, farm tables, and other custom furniture and crafts. “We don’t sell wood, we sell history,” stated Michael Watson, owner of Eagle Reclaimed Lumber. “Each item we create has a story to tell.”
Taking down large antique structures is not an easy task. Michael and his team depend on their local Caterpillar Dealer, Thompson Machinery, to help supply earthmoving equipment to reduce the physical workload. “We’ve used Cat equipment for years, which really helps reduce the amount of time each job requires. Thompson Machinery has been great in supporting my business growth with rentals and machine maintenance programs,” said Michael.
Thompson Machinery partnered with Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation, whose global headquarters is located in Nashville, to develop a community project with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville. The goal was to increase awareness of Habitat’s mission and homeownership program. “Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville is the 18th largest homebuilder in the mid-state area,” states Daniel Clark, Director of Marketing at Thompson Machinery. “No other organization is dedicated to increasing affordable homeownership and strengthening our community like Habitat, and
Thompson is committed to giving back to the communities that it serves.”
Habitat homeowners purchase their homes. To be a part of the Habitat program, each candidate must be willing to invest at least 200 hours of their time consisting primarily of 70 hours of homeownership and financial management classes, 100 hours working at the build site alongside community volunteers and donors, and 30 volunteer hours. Habitat partner families purchase their homes with a zero percent interest mortgage rate through sponsor and volunteer support and carry covenant restrictions for resell, loan defaults, and illegal activity. Additionally, mortgage payments cannot exceed 30% of the new homeowner’s income.
The facts are clear: homeownership is one component to better lives. Children of homeowners are 25 percent more likely to graduate from high school, 116 percent more likely to graduate from college, and 20 percent less likely to have a teenage pregnancy.
The community campaign allowed over 40 Thompson and Caterpillar Financial employees to volunteer their time during a new home build last year and fundraise over $20,000 for Habitat. Additionally, Thompson conducted a random computerized drawing for $10,000 that included eligible customers and announced Eagle Reclaimed Lumber as the winner.
“My wife and I could not believe we won! Things like this don’t happen to me,” said Michael. “We give back to the community every year with various charities, such as St. Jude, and we’re thrilled to help Habitat as well.”
Eagle Reclaimed Lumber plans to open a new showroom in Nashville later this year.
About Thompson Machinery:
For 70 years, Thompson Machinery has been committed to offering the best in equipment, as well as the most complete, most innovative, customer support services. Founded in Nashville in 1944, Thompson Machinery is the exclusive Caterpillar dealer for Middle Tennessee, West Tennessee, and North Mississippi.
In addition to the complete line of Caterpillar equipment, Thompson offers agricultural equipment from Challenger, Sunflower, Lexion, Macdon, and more. Through its Cat Rental Store operations, Thompson also offers allied equipment brands such as Genie, JLG, and Sullair.
Thompson Machinery serves the broad range of needs for customers in a geographically diverse territory, which encompasses construction, forestry, mining, industrial, governmental and agricultural operations. Additionally, through its Thompson Power division, the company serves trucking, marine, and power generation businesses throughout the area and beyond.
With 24/7 parts and service support – including full-service branches equipped with the most up-to-date diagnostic and repair equipment, factory-trained technicians, and the area’s largest fleet of field service trucks – Thompson Machinery can be your total equipment solution provider.