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E.L. Vining and Son

Working for the community and the future: E.L. Vining and Son, Inc.

  Everett Vining, original proprietor of E.L. Vining and Son, Inc., first opened for business in 1958 in Farmington, Maine. Being a carpenter by trade, he built more than 200 homes in the area for which he had to do his own site work. Because of this, he purchased some John Deere equipment from a local dealer and E.L. Vining and Son was born. Everett developed severe arthritis in his early 30s and as his condition worsened, he had difficulty climbing around the houses leading him to expand the site-work side of the business.

Enter a new generation

  Kevin Vining, current president and secretary, began in the family business at a young age doing odd jobs for his father and eventually progressing through the ranks of laborer, operator, and driver. After graduating from Waterville’s Thomas College, Kevin began a full-time career in the family business.

  By 1981, Kevin had purchased the company from his father allowing Everett to open a John Deere lawn and garden dealership. Kevin and his wife, Judy, who works in the office, have grown the company to what it is today – the largest contractor in the Farmington area.

  Now in the second generation, Kevin and Judy’s sons, Kody and Kolton, stand in line to take the business even further. Kody has just been accepted at Thomas College and will begin the succession process. He is no stranger to the business – he currently runs equipment and is assigned to a labor crew after high school graduation in June.
 
Continued growth
 
  The company continues to specialize in site work but is open to a variety of opportunities within a 50-mile radius. Their fleet is currently 78 percent Deere equipment as Kevin grew up around John Deere machines and is impressed with his Nortrax dealership. “All I ask from a dealer is that they have my back,” said Kevin. “We are very dependent on the dealer for support and I feel that I can count on our salesman and Nortrax. The door is open all the way to the regional vice president, should the need arise.”

  Just as the Vinings are dependent upon Nortrax, the community is dependent upon them. They have taken a lead role in developing a feeder program for the youth football league in the area, even building a massive football field complex. And their compassion for their employees is exemplary, “Nothing feels better than employees personally doing well for themselves and their families,” said Kevin. In an area with poor demographics, the company employs 60-plus local people during peak construction and is willing to train those who may not be experienced when joining the team. As a result, many of their employees remain with the company for an extended period of time.


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