L o c a l f a rm , y a rd s u p p l y s t o re s t o s e r ve yo u The Virnau family moved to Sealy and began farming in 1944. Walter Virnau, Jr. started the Virnau Machine Shop in 1958 in Sealy, where they maintained their own equipment in addition to fab- ricating cattle guards, ag poles, land planes, and diving into most anything else associated with steel and fabrica- tion. In 1961, Walter, his brother Harry, and their father Walter Virnau, Sr. es- tablished the Massey Ferguson dealer- ship W.A. Virnau and Sons. The company continued to grow through the years while supporting the large commercial rice farms in the area. They moved to their current location in 1973 which included a new 20,000 square foot facility on 14 acres. Since then, the facility has grown to over 100,000 square feet. As large scale commercial farming was on the decline in the early 1990s, the business focus shifted to small-scale farming, ranching, and lawn equipment. W.A. Virnau and Sons purchased Sealy Tractor, a long-time neighbor and friend- ly competitor, in 1997. Check out their mix of commercial ranchers, commercial hay-producers, weekend farmers, and hobby ranchers. Virnau Sealy Tractor is truly a family-run business. Whether you visit to purchase new equipment or re- placement parts or to have service work performed, you will see the personal touch that goes into every transaction. The motto the company has adopted perfectly describes their approach to business: “Arrive as customers, leave as friends, and return as family.” ■ HISTORY, 9 H OME & G ARDEN Ready for spring? Shop local for your lawn, farm and ranch needs A PUBLICATION OF Citizen | Alesia Woolridge Columbus resident Joann Sabesta’s yard in fullbloomwithanarray of colorful azaleas.