Mattox Feed Mill continues to evolve in fourth generation of business

ABERDEEN – A lot has changed since Quinn F. Mattox launched a business venture with his father, Quinn E. Mattox, after World War II, but there again, so much has remained the same. Mattox Feed Mill has gone from averaging 300 barrels of grinded cornmeal a day to raising broiler chickens and hog farming then to mowing grass and selling plants now.
“With Ben as the fourth generation, diversity is a word I’d like to use,” said owner Ed Mattox, whose son, Ben, joined the business after majoring in physical therapy at Itawamba Community College.
“Throughout college, I thought about the business here I had to come back to and since my parents took care of me for so long, I figured I’d help them out,” Ben said.
The father-son team follows the same example established when the feed mill opened in 1946 and repeats a model Ed’s father and grandfather set.
“During the holidays, I thought about so many families who have their children coming home maybe once a year, but every day is a holiday for us. It’s incredible my son wanted to follow the same path and work with his father in this day and age. It’s a joy to work with your best friend who happens to be your son,” Ed said.
Mattox Feed Mill continues to sell an array of feed in addition to its retail outlet with  pesticides, pet supplies, animal health products, bird feeders, Lacrosse boots, grass and vegetable seeds, equestrian supplies, deer stands and Purina products just to name a few.
Since coming on board, Ben has helped expand an already active plant nursery and landscaping business into a full fledge lawn care operation as well. During the warm months, the nursery is stocked with seasonal flowers, complimenting a wide selection of ornamental shrubs, trees and other supplies like flower pots. Mattox Feed Mill also sells mulch.
Looking ahead to the future, Mattox Feed Mills plans to continue a wider range of service with new additional services.
“Ben and I have a love of sports and we’ve been able to capitalize on that by being the only Turface distributor in northeast Mississippi. We’ve been in contact with several high schools about the product and see that niche as an opportunity,” Ed said.
Turface Athletics is a soil conditioner used by 90 percent of all Major League Baseball fields. The product is used to amend any patches in the turf.
With such a diverse range of work comes an array of customers who are all met with the same level of customer service.
“My grandfather always told me people don’t have to walk through that door. They do because they want to and you had better make them feel at home. That’s the way we operate everyday,” Ed said.

RAY VAN DUSEN/MONROE JOURNALFAMILY BUSINESS – Ben, left, and Ed Mattox are the third and fourth generation of Mattox Feed Mill. The Aberdeen business offers a range of services from feed sales and delivery to lawn care and landscaping.

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FAMILY BUSINESS – Ben, left, and Ed Mattox are the third and fourth generation of Mattox Feed Mill. The Aberdeen business offers a range of services from feed sales and delivery to lawn care and landscaping.

About Ray Van Dusen

I've been with the Monroe Journal since Aug. 2009 as a staff writer, but took the role as news editor in late 2012. I'm always looking for interesting story ideas from around Monroe County. You can reach me via email at ray.vandusen@journalinc.com.