Bates Corporation was organized in 1965.  The family owned and operated business was started by Jay Bates as a livestock trucking company.

Today the local business has an international reach as it sells new, used, and rebuild IH tractor parts to a world wide market via the Internet, telephone, and walk-ins.

Jay and Sue Bates along with daughters Teresa Barnhart and Patricia Kitch, are the present owners.

The company currently has 10-15 employees depending upon the season.