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COMPANY HISTORY

For over 50 years Greenline Service has served the Fredericksburg area. The company was originally founded in 1950 under the name Brown Brothers and Company. The company’s original founders were Raymond Brown, Ashby Brown, Bernard Driver and Madeline Driver. The company operated in two small buildings at 632 and 634 Kenmore Avenue. One building housed the parts, sales and administrative offices while the other building included a two-stall shop for service.

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Seven years later Brown Brothers incorporated and the company expanded for the first time. A new building was erected on the Kenmore Avenue site that not only allowed all operations to be combined in one building, but also increased the size of the service area. The original buildings were converted into storage facilities for the company. In August 1966 Maurice Satterwhite became a partner in the company by purchasing the interest of Ashby Brown. Two years later Brown Brothers had outgrown their Kenmore Avenue location, and with further expansion not an option, moved the entire operation to today’s location on Tidewater Trail.

 

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In the fall of 1968 a second location was opened in Culpeper. Brown Brothers continued to grow over the next few years. In 1973 Scott Cook joined the company and became a stockholder the following year. In June 1974 Frank Hopkins resigned from his position with John Deere to become a stockholder and President of Brown Brothers.

Under the leadership of Hopkins, Brown Brothers changed their name to Greenline Service Corporation in January 1976. A major change in ownership occurred two years later. James Lafferty, who had been with the company since 1977, became a stockholder. He joined Frank Hopkins and Scott Cook as the only stockholders in the company when the others elected to sell their interests back to the company in August 1978. Later that year the decision was made to close the Culpeper facility. Operations were transferred by March 1979 and the property was subsequently sold.

 

Later in 1979 the facility at Tidewater Trial was completely renovated. This renovation doubled the building’s size by adding parts storage space as well as expanding the service area. Scott Cook made the decision to leave the company as stockholder in 1984.

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Over the next 20 years Greenline Service continued to grow and expand. A warehouse was built in 1996. By the turn of the century a new phone system was installed as well as a computer network used by all departments. In 2004 Clint Hopkins purchased the interest of James Lafferty and with his father became the sole shareholders of Greenline Service. They continue to lead the company today.

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