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Stephen E. Smith
4355 Golf Acres Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
It started back on 1925 when E.J Smith founded one of the country's first golf course equipment distributorships in Jacksonville, Florida. Knowing very little about the fledging turf care industry he accompanied the representatives of the Toro Manufacuturing Company to The Minikahda Club in Minneapolis to see a revolutionary new approach to mowing the fairways. Rather than trotting out the horses, this time five mowers were mounted behind a Toro tractor. It was one of the very first applications of mechanized golf course maintenance equipment and he immediately understood that this would be the future of the industry. He also knew for his new business to be successful, it must rely of four basic principles: integrity, innovative products, exceptional servce and an absolute commitment to the customer's success.
Four generations later, those timeless principles still steer this customer-focused business as President Steve Smith and Executve Vice President, Anna-Lindsay Yarbrough, continue the legacy of E.J. Smith.
Today, STI has over 250 dedicated employees supporting and servicing our customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Bermuda. STI corporate headquarters is located in Charlotte with regional distribution centers in Richmond and Nashville. Over twenty branches are strategically located throughout our territory for local support of residential and commercial irrigation, lighting and water garden contractors as well as seven outdoor power equipment dealerships operating as STI Turf Care Equipment.
Smith Turf & Irrigation's family owned and operated business has over 90 years of dependability, still serving our customers with integrity, innovative product lines, and an absolute commitment to their success. And while a lot has changed since those early days in Minneapolis, thank goodness a lot hasn't.