About Us

W.E. Estes and Son is the oldest business in Limestone County, Alabama. The photo seen in the opening screen of our web site shows the business almost 100 years ago when it was a general store. The blurred man in the middle of the photo is believed to be W. E. Estes, an original co-founder of the business. Below is a brief history of our business as it has evolved over the years to better serve the needs of North Alabama. The photo to the right shows our business as it appeared around 1950. W.E. (Pete) Estes, Jr., the Son in W.E. Estes & Son and father of the present owner Richard "Buzz" Estes, is shown on the far left.

  • Jan, 1900 - Horton Lewis & W.E. Estes open for business. While primarily a dry goods store they provided whatever a farmer needed to live through the year. Farmers would charge their purchases and settle their bill once a year when the crop came in.
  • 1903 - Lewis and Estes sign an exclusive dealership contract with V-C Fertilizer. North Alabama farm customers become world leaders in the use of this product.
  • Dick Hatchett purchases Lewis's interest. The business becomes Estes & Hatchett.
  • 1921 - With the economy in recession W.E. (Pete) Estes, Jr. leaves Georgia Institute of Technology to help out in the business. Dick Hatchett transfers his interest in the business to Pete; business name becomes W.E. Estes & Son.
  • 1933 - Pete obtains an Allis-Chalmers dealership franchise. The first rubber-tired tractors in the state of Alabama are sold by W.E. Estes & Son.
  • 1934 - W.E. Estes & Son secure a franchise for GMC pick-up trucks & become the largest diesel repair shop between Nashville and Birmingham. During this time a line of Delaval milking equipment, Burks pumps and refrigeration equipment were added to meet the needs of local dairy farmers.
  • In the late 1940's - a tractor-mounted appliance to control boll weevils, called a Bug Catcher, is added to the line of products sold. Seed cleaning machines are built and sold as well. Also offered is a product called the Early Gleaner. The first metal grain bins and first electrically pumped irrigation systems in the state were sold & installed by the company.
  • 1950's - Window air-conditioners are offered.
  • 1959 - W.E. (Bill) Estes, III joins the business after graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. The business shifts to being primarily a plumbing, electrical and HVAC contractor.
  • 1962 - Richard "Buzz" Estes joins the business following graduation from Vanderbilt University.
  • 1963 - A water-to-air heat pump unit is built and installed that is still in service today.
  • 1968 - Bill Estes leaves the company to accept an engineering position in Decatur, Alabama.
  • 1970 - Pete Estes dies and the business becomes a family partnership.
  • 1970 - The 1st electrical ground fault protection in the U.S. is installed at Athens Hospital, Athens, Alabama by W.E. Estes & Son.
  • 1972 - The company incorporates as W.E. Estes & Son, Inc. with Buzz Estes as President and his wife Doris as Secretary/Treasurer.
  • 1976 - A solar water heating system is built & installed.
  • 1987 - Three 5-ton open loop water-to-air heat pumps are installed in an antebellum reproduction home.
  • 1993 - The business decides to emphasize service work, corrective contracting, failure analysis & troubleshooting.
  • 2000 - W.E. Estes & Son, Inc., were service continues to be a tradition, celebrates their 100th year of serving businesses and people of North Alabama and Southern Tennessee.
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