Ross, Jeff, & Lorene Johnson
In 1986 the Johnsons decided to start and operate a mill and feed store. We purchased a used hammer mill (a major piece of equipment that’s needed to grind grains into livestock feed), built a building on a couple acres of Ross’s land, moved in the hammer mill, and went at it. Three generations work side by side to keep this place going. The key players are Ross, who’s the head of the family and is referred to as the “head honcho”; his wife Lorene; their son Jeff; Jeff’s wife Donna; and Jeff and Donna’s sons Justin and Bradley. Although Ross and Lorene’s daughter, Tina and her family live miles away from Taylorsville; Tina, and her husband, Hugh, along with their children, Thomas and Amy, help out when needed. Ross & Lorene are now semi-retired, but you may find Ross on the tow motor hauling feed and other products from our delivery trucks to the warehouse and Lorene busy sweeping and keeping the store clean. Other times, they just drop by to keep us all “in-line”.
Jeff - Store Manager
Jeff, who has an Associate’s Degree in agriculture business from Catawba Valley Community College, worked as an assistant manager for a large agricultural and farm supply company. This experience has served him well as Jeff is the glue that keeps us together. He handles ordering products, repairing fence chargers, customer service, manufacturing our feeds, and so much more.
Donna - Office Manager &
Donna has been working at Johnson’s Milling & Feed since1986. Her favorite duty is providing customer service, assisting customers in choosing the best products for their needs. Donna is always on the lookout for new and fun product lines to introduce to our customers. She is responsible for expanding our store merchandise to include our wild bird department; our caged bird department; our line of custom made jams, jellies, and salsa, and our gift item department (with items like our Wind River® Wind Chimes, Handbags, wind spinners, puzzles, The Naked Bee® products, Goat Milk Stuff® Soaps, Rawleigh® Products, Kerusso® products, garden flags, garden stakes, & more). Her other duties include handling our store promotions, social media, and advertising. Last, but not least, Donna is our office manager, doing her best to keep the bills paid.
Brandi - Garden Center Manager & Customer Service
Over 15 years ago, Brandi began working with us part-time in customer service inside sales. After earning her Associate’s Degree in Horticultural Technology from Wilkes Community College, she advanced to managing the Lawn and Garden Department. With our encouragement Brandi has expanded our Garden Center to include a large selection of bedding plants, lawn & garden seeds in season, pine needles, all-natural and organic products and more. She has a flair for designing garden containers. Don’t hesitate to ask her for advice when you are in the store! Brandi and her husband, Clint, are blessed with two sons and enjoy spending time on their farm.
Hunter - Customer Service Team Member
Hunter has worked with us for over 2 years assisting customers with their purchases outside in the warehouse, in our garden department, and at the sales counter. A computer science major at Lenoir-Rhyne University, he enjoys coding programs, fishing, and watching action movies in his spare time.
Sam - Customer Service Team Member
Sam works part-time milling our three feeds and assisting customers with their purchases. Many times, you will see him on the tow motor unloading our shipments of products and managing the warehouse. He is currently a student at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, studying computer science. In his spare time he enjoy anything outdoors, including hiking, backpacking, and fishing.
Ryan - Customer Service Team Member
Ryan works part-time in our warehouse assisting customers with loading purchases into their vehicles. He is currently Senior at Alexander Central High School and plays on the football team. His also part-time cattle farmer working toward having his own stocker calf operation. His hobbies include fishing and other outdoor activities.
Bradley & Justin - Customer Service Team Member
Bradley & Justin work part-time as needed, since the Lord has called both of them in other directions. Currently, Justin (on the right) works for a local electric company and an active member of his church family, Life of Victory in Taylorsville, NC. Bradley (on the left) is the Senior Pastor of Newfound Baptist Church in Leicester, NC.
Koty - Customer Service Team Member
Koty’s responsibilities include making sure our customer’s orders are loaded correctly, receiving merchandise as new products are delivered to be displayed, and making the three feeds that we manufacture. Koty and his girlfriend, Angela, enjoy farming and spending time with their families. Koty is a graduate of NC College of Agriculture.