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Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 3:15 pm

Steve and Judy Potter and their son-in-law Travis Sturdefant have combined their expertise and background in their business, Potter Parts & Ag Supply-Bumper to Bumper.

Steve Potter stated that they had thought of starting their own business for a period of time . Potter indicated that he had been involved in agriculture and feed for basicly his entire life. Judy Potter had worked for Positronics Inc. for approximately 30 years including as plant manager. business. When the Cabool Positronics plant closed, Judy Potter returned to school and received a business degree.

The business opened its doors on May 7 and had their formal grand opening on Friday with a customer appreciation lunch and Chamber of Commerce sponsored ribbon cutting. They estimated that they served over 250 people at the event having prepared 300 hamburgers, 180 hot dogs and 75 brats.

Potter stated that their business on the agriculture side carries veterinary supplies and tractor parts at their location on West Bus. Hwy. 60 and they also sell commodity feeds by the semi-truck load for direct shipment to the customer. Potter stated that he is also dealing with a lot of calls for hay on the truckload level. The commodity feed section of the business can be nationwide, and they consider their market on the parts side to be Mountain Grove and general vicinity.

The automotive parts portion of the business has had good acceptance from both the professional and private individuals. Bumper to Bumper is a full line automotive parts business and offers AC Delco and Ford Motorcraft parts. Along with offering automotive and tractor parts they also offer heavy truck parts. They will soon be adding pickup truck accessories to their products. The business has no shop facilities.

Travis Sturdefant indicated that there has been change in the auto parts business over the years. Electronics is the driving in factor in much of this, he stated. In the past when carburetor kits may have been the thing to stock on the shelves, today sensors may be taking their shelf space. But he added that even though the type of product sold has changed there is no difficulty in finding parts for the older model vehicles.

Steve Potter stated that starting the business has been fun. He indicated that since both he and his wife were involved in management there shouldn’t be much that they haven’t anticipated in operating their own business, and hopefully the rewards can be greater. We are both large on service, he stated.

Potter, his wife and son-in-law are currently the businesses only employees, and because of this Potter laughs that full family vacations may have to be delayed while one of them stays to operate the business.

The business is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Potter stated that these hours could change according to customer demand.

The community response has been great, he added.