A Yukon High School graduate who played football on former Coach Mike Little’s first Millers team, is returning to his hometown to open a new Country Equipment location on the west side of Yukon.
Jody Sparks, general manager of Country Equipment in Tuttle, sells and rents tractors and outdoor and farm equipment and has a shop for repairs. Country Equipment is known for tractors, lawnmowers, equipment for rental or sale.
On land just west of the current Bounce Academy in the 2000 block of W. Vandament Avenue, a new Country Equipment location will be built in the next six months to a year, Sparks said.
Sparks spends his days working out of the Country Equipment location at 3 N. Morgan Road at Morgan Road and State Highway 37 in Tuttle. He lives in the Yukon area, and is looking forward to a five minute drive to work at the new intersection being constructed in a business, commercial and industrial area at Frisco Road and Interstate 40.
Sparks said he expected customers to come from western Oklahoma and western parts of the Oklahoma City area once the Yukon location opens.
Coy Sparks, Jody’s late father, is a former car dealership general manager at Fleming Ford in Newcastle who bought Country Equipment in the late 1990s with a business partner Ron Bliss.
“He (Coy) started in the car business and he was a general manager for 30 years and ended up buying into Country Equipment,” Jody Sparks said.
There is a Country Equipment rental store in Mustang and another on Interstate 35 in south Oklahoma City as well as the Tuttle location.
Jody Sparks, 46, was born in Oklahoma City and moved to Yukon in fifth grade. He graduated at Yukon High School in 1993. He’s helped with the family business since about 2003.
Jody Sparks’ football career at Yukon started as a sophomore when the team went 2-8. As a junior the team was 0-10. Then during his senior year of football at Yukon High School, in the fall of 1992, he played under Coach Mike Little during Little’s inaugural YHS campaign, and the team went 10-2.
Sparks was a 6 foot and 4 inch tall wide receiver in high school. During Sparks’ senior season, the Millers defeated Little’s former team, Putnam City North for the district championship and won in double overtime. His team lost in the quarterfinals to eventual state champs Norman.
Sparks played football for the University of Tulsa from 1994-1997 as a defensive linebacker and defensive end. He was on the team that beat the University of Oklahoma in Norman in 1996 his junior year.
“That was a big win for the University of Tulsa. Even though OU was probably a little down at that time any time a team like Tulsa could beat a team like OU it was a big deal,” Sparks said.
The next move
Sparks is looking forward to the new location in Yukon for Country Equipment at what will be 2001 W. Vandament Ave. He said the building will have 14,000 square feet on four acres of property.
“We are going to be expanding and opening up a new location right next to Bounce Academy with a full line dealership. We will still sell the same stuff we are selling,” Sparks said.
He sells equipment with brand names, Kubota, Hustler, Echo, Stihl, Polaris, SKAG Power Equipment.
“We’ll have all the brands that we carry and we’ll also run the parts, service and the rental sides as well.
The other locations will remain open in Tuttle, Mustang and Oklahoma City when the Yukon location opens. He said he is not sure how long construction will take but expects it to be about six to seven months at the earliest.
Business has been good this year, he said, despite the fact that production of supplies and manufacturing of new tractors, equipment and mowers is behind due to the pandemic.
“Right now our inventory is definitely down, just like every other industry, the tractor business, the lawnmower business, ATV business, right now it is just difficult to get product. But as far as sales go we are not having any problems. Last year we had the best year we have ever had, which was surprising considering everything that was going on with COVID. Now we are still having a good year, but our biggest problem, is well look at our lot right now we just don’t have a whole heckuva a lot out there,” Sparks said.
He is expecting more products to be available next year.
“I think things will get better,” Sparks said.
Sparks can be reached at the Country Equipment location in Tuttle at (405) 392-3664.