A longtime Alton business will close tomorrow. Lynn Tractor and Equipment on East Broadway is shutting its doors on the last day of the month, ending three generations of service to the River Bend. Family members say there is no one who wants to take over the business, and also a rumored larger company planning to building in Jersey County helped them decide it was time to move on.
The owners said late last year that Lynn Tractor would close for good this year, and the death last month of the company manager Brad Lynn sealed the decision. No other surviving family members were interested in working with the business and they decided since the building and computer systems needed an extensive upgrade and larger competition planned to move into the area, it was the right time to close. The business began in 1956 with Frank Lynn, and continued with his son Gary taking over in 1975, and then Brad in 2005. The company will hold a farewell party for its employees on Wednesday, and will sell its remaining items through an auction.