Our History


James M. Bailey founded The Bailey Company, Inc. in 1949. That year, the company sold its first Towmotor forklift truck, a machine that was a true innovation of its time, making work that once was laborious and time-consuming easier and more efficient.

Since that time, The Bailey Company has expanded to encompass 12 locations, with territory extending throughout middle and eastern Tennessee, northern Georgia, southwestern Virginia, and parts of Kentucky.  Twelve stores are strategically located so that customers are rarely farther than an hour from a store, and less from a resident service tech.  It is and always has been family-owned and operated, and it is a certified woman-owned business.

When James Bailey passed away in 1979, his wife Lu Bailey appointed Gordon Morrow company president.  Now, Mr. Bailey’s daughter Laura Bailey Busby serves as chair of the board, son Bert Bailey is president,  and his two grandsons, Ryan and Justin Bailey, are the director of sustainability and director of marketing, respectively.  Mr. Morrow retired as president in 2011 after 53 years with The Bailey Company.

The company has received numerous industry awards for outstanding service and has always prided itself on its service-centric approach.  Therefore, The Bailey Company maintains an employee ratio of close to 225 product support people to 20 salespeople.

The company is the largest of its kind in Middle Tennessee and one of the top 10 dealers of material handling equipment in the United states.

Mission Statement

The Bailey Company endeavors to provide superior material handling products and service to its customers. By investing in our employees and treating our customers with respect, we strive for mutually successful long-term relationships.