An Open Letter from Jerry Clay, Second-Generation Owner of Clay’s Power Equipment
50 years ago, our company was established under the name Peace Street Hardware and Garden Supply by my father and mother, Hoyle and Margaret Clay. In half a century in business, our family’s business has grown and evolved into a local leader in the sales and service of outdoor power equipment for homeowners and landscape contractors alike. It hasn’t always been easy, and we have had to adapt to changing market conditions, but I humbled and privileged to be a part of my parents’ continued legacy day after day.
I took over the management and operation of our company from my parents in 1982 so they could enjoy their well-earned retirement. I have never taken my position lightly, and I have had to make some tough decisions over the years. Although we were in the garden supply business for over three decades, my desire to grow our family’s company and secure its future led us to shift our mission toward a focus on outdoor power equipment. While the name and nature of our company has changed since my parents retired, I am blessed to be able to carry on our family business, and our outlook is as good as ever as we celebrate our 50th anniversary.
This milestone is huge for our company. I am incredibly honored to add new chapters our family business’s story each and every day while continuing to serve all of our customers with the passion and integrity my parents instilled in me from a very young age. I am proud of everyone on our fantastic team and our company’s award-winning customer service and product knowledge, and I plan to uphold our commitment to excellence for many years to come.
Here’s to the next 50 years!
Owner, Clay’s Power Equipment
For more information about the history of Clay’s Power Equipment, please visit our History page.