FEBRUARY 2021

COVER STORY- Revenue Opportunities Abound Inside Dealerships –

MONROE, Louisiana – After a career in the highway construction industry, mainly serving in administration and managerial roles, Matt Bridges was looking for something different. He wanted to be a little closer to home, and his growing family, while also owning his own business.

POWER EQUIPMENT TRADE FEBRUARY 2021

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MONROE, Louisiana – After a career in the highway construction industry, mainly serving in administration and managerial roles, Matt Bridges was looking for something different. He wanted to be a little closer to home, and his growing family, while also owning his own business. So when a former employee said a power equipment dealership in Monroe, Louisiana had come up for sale and he wanted Bridges to partner with him in it, though having no small engine experience, Bridges jumped in. After a few years, Bridges ended up buying the partner out and became the sole owner of 3B Outdoor.

“It sounded like a good idea. I was trying to find something that wouldn’t be affected by Amazon. You have to have hands in this business. Obviously, our biggest competition is Amazon. But, I’ve learned a lot in the six years that I have had,” Bridges remarks.

2020 was a great year for dealers around the country, and 3B Outdoor was no exception. Bridges is leaning into that success and says the company is definitely in a growth mode – also operating a rental business, 3B Equipment Rentals, out of the same building with the same staff – and looking at purchasing another business in the lawn and garden power equipment arena.

Article by Jessica Johnson, Managing Editor, Power Equipment Trade

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