Town & Country Acquires Red Lodges Business
Town & Country Supply Association, Laurel, has acquired the Ray Judd Petroleum bulk liquid fuels division of Red Lodge.
“We are always looking for opportunities to strengthen our core business sectors,” said Wes Burley, the general manager of Town & Country Supply Association. “We felt this transaction fit into that philosophy.” As a result of the sale, new T&C patrons will be eligible to earn patronage on their purchases and lock in fuel contracts that fit their programs.
The acquisition will help T&C be more efficient in delivery to customers along the routes in Carbon and Stillwater Counties. “I’ve been doing business with T&C for a few years,” said Dave Judd, the third-generation owner of the Judd family business. “I trust them with my customers and I know they’ll do it well.”
The Ray Judd Petroleum business has roots back to the early 1900s, when Dave Judd’s grandfather started a trucking company in Stillwater County. Dave’s father, Ray, expanded the business into aviation fuel, school bus contracting, towing, the Red Lodge Ford dealership, and finally, bulk fuels in 1977. Moving forward, Dave Judd will continue operating the aviation gas division at the Red Lodge Airport.
Town & Country Supply Association is a member-owned agronomy, energy, and retail co-operative based in southeastern Montana. With roots dating back to 1930, Town & Country was incorporated in 1997, with the merging of the Laurel Co-op Association and the Co-op Service Center in Billings.
Town & Country continued to grow with the addition of the Farmers Union Association of Big Horn County in 2009. T&C encompasses four divisions – Agronomy, Energy, Farm & Ranch, Supply, and C-Stores. Its trade region covers southeastern and southcentral Montana, as well as northern Wyoming.