Nine years after the company began, James O. McDonald went to work as a young man for the original owners. After he learned the business, they agreed to let him purchase it from them in 1973. At the time, Chicot Irrigation was solely a drilling company specializing in domestic and cattle wells and other small projects.
In the late 1970s, as large scale irrigation for production agriculture became more widespread in the Delta, the company grew its focus to meet the water needs for the growing agriculture and aquaculture industries. James brought his daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Glen Rowe, into the business along with Mike McDonald and Rick Rowe.
The company purchased its first large reverse circulation drilling rig in 1979, and began operating as a full service irrigation provider to customers across Southeast Arkansas, Northeast Louisiana, and the Mississippi Delta. Severe droughts in the early 1980’s increased the demand for irrigation, and the family business grew rapidly during that time. Over the years, the company’s services increased to include a full service machine shop, underground pipeline installation, center pivot sales and service, custom fabricated relift pumping systems, and the largest inventory of irrigation parts and accessories in the Delta. Farmers now had only one call to make. They no longer needed to piece a project together.
Glen and Beverly’s son Cory is now president of Chicot Irrigation where he has overseen the company’s expansion to include four locations throughout the Mississippi River Delta in three states. Many of Chicot Irrigation’s 65 employees have over 20 years of experience. They take pride in meeting their customers’ needs and striving to give them exceptional value.
Lake Village, AR