Fort Smith's Pruitt Tool & Supply Co. Going Global

by Marty Cook  on Monday, Jul. 14, 2014 12:00 am  

Grant, left, and his father, Alan Pruitt, right, pose with a sculpture of A.B. “Buddy” Pruitt, the founder of Pruitt Tool & Supply Co. | (Photo by Ryan Miller)

“I saw from a very young age that he worked very hard,” Pruitt said. “He never put work in front of his family. He could have very easily grown the business more, but he made the decision to focus more on his family. He would come home and play the dad role.”

Alan Pruitt remembers similar things about his father, whose first love was music. Grant, who was 4 when Buddy died, remembers his grandfather playing guitar and fiddle for his grandkids.

When the company moved from Zero Street to its present location on Aire Circle, a worker found a suitcase full of audio recordings of Buddy Pruitt playing guitar and singing old-style country songs.

It’s another family legacy, as it turns out. Grant’s younger brother Luke is a country songwriter and musician in Nashville, Tennessee.

Grant Pruitt said he and Clay sang when they were younger but obviously Luke was the true musical talent of the third generation. He is happy to stick with what he is good at.

“I love talking about the family business,” Pruitt said. “I have always had a passion for it, and it’s what I love to do. It has been fun watching it grow and mature into a little bit bigger family business.”


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