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New owners of Medford Tools continuing legacy of inspirational sign

Medford Tools & Supply is now under new ownership for the first time in decades

Posted: Aug 13, 2019 12:41 PM
Updated: Aug 13, 2019 7:11 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Medford Tools & Supply is now under new ownership for the first time in decades. Gianna and Joe Sewell are the new owners and have changed the name to Medford Tools JBJ Inc. 

Although there are some other changes on the way, the two told NewsWatch 12 the inspirational sign outside their business will stay. 

If you're one of the 15,400 cars that drives along that stretch of Highway 99 you've probably seen their sign. Every week or so there will be a new quote to help inspire the community, or make us laugh. This tradition started 26 years ago and continues today. 

Joe Sewell has been with Medford Tools for 24 years and says the sign is an important part of the community. 

"It's profound sometimes, its funny others, and that's what we hope to go with," said Joe Sewell, President and Owner of Medford Tools JBJ Inc. 

Gianna Sewell has main ownership over the business. This is a decision that was intentional to get more involved with the Chamber, do fundraisers, and bring more back to the community and business. 

"It's well known, and I think it touches peoples lives every day as they drive by and see the sign," says Gianna Sewell, Owner of Medford Tools JBJ Inc. 

Medford Tools will undergo a few other changes over the next year. The Sewell's plan to change the set-up inside, expand their used tools program, and add a greeter. 

They told NewsWatch12 the sign has done more than bring smiles to drivers for decades, it helps put them on the map. 

"If you say 'We're Medford Tools, do you know where the big sign is?' and they say 'oh I know where that is!' So it really helps us as a location," says Joe Sewell. 

Joe says taking over the business is a bit overwhelming, and they want to keep the wonderful legacy of the sign going for years to come. 

"We want to uplift people and make them think of something positive, instead of make them think of the negative that sometimes goes on in our lives," said Joe Sewell. 

The Sewell's tell NewsWatch12 a new quote will be up by the end of the week. 

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