Kinston Business Closing Its Doors

East Carolina Equipment in Kinston is closing down.

A person at the business confirmed Thursday the company is shutting down.

A source told WITN the company was shutting down because of an issue with Kubota, one of the brands East Carolina Equipment carried.

The person at the business did confirm the shut down was connected to Kubota but did not give additional details.

WITN News contacted Kubota corporate headquarters in Torrence, California. A spokeswoman told us they had no comment on the closing.

According to the company's website, East Carolina Equipment opened its doors in 1999 and carried residential and commercial mowers.

According to, the company is "family owned and operated by Danny & Lora Shepherd, Victoria Williams, Shannon Smith and Sallie Shepherd. We are a farm family that has worked together our entire lives and have brought the agriculture and equipment knowledge with us to this business."

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  • by Shepherd Location: Martin Co. on Jun 12, 2009 at 11:25 AM
    This is a sad day for them..they will be in our prayers.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2009 at 09:07 AM
    There are always two sides to every story. Sometimes business owners bring things upon themselves.
  • by Joey Location: Snow Hill on Jun 11, 2009 at 06:48 PM
    God bless everyone involved not just the employees but also the Sheppard family that owns the company
  • by Carolina Girl Location: Kinston on Jun 11, 2009 at 01:19 PM
    My son-in-law worked there up until Tuesday. Now he is out of a job...what a shame. I don't know the details of why Kubota pulled their equipment out, but it must have been something really bad. Keep the laid-off workers in your prayers.

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