Farris Brothers was founded as a dry goods company in 1946 by Sam Farris and two of his brothers in an 800 square foot facility in Hattiesburg, MS. Farris Brothers incorporated in 1956 under the sole ownership of Sam Farris at which time the company transitioned from dry goods to fishing tackle. In 1958 the company moved from its original 800 square foot warehouse to a 2000 square foot facility. In 1961 the company held its first Fishing Tackle show which continues to be held as an annual event. Hunting products were first added during the 1960’s with growth in that industry continuing today. In 1967 a new 4000 square foot facility was built. Bart Farris began the second generation in the family joining the company in the early 1970’s and in 1979 became Vice President. With continuous growth in both the fishing and hunting industries warehouse space became woefully inadequate. In 1980 the company moved to a 22,000 square foot facility and in 1987 became computerized. Sam Farris passed away in 1994 at which time Bart Farris fully assumed the reins of the company. In 1995 a new 36,000 square foot warehouse facility was built. During the late 1990’s company revenues were doubled as the company aggressively overhauled its sales force and technology. A fire completely destroyed the operation in September of 2007 and a new and more modernized 70,000 square foot warehouse and office facility was built. In 2010 Bret Farris joined the company representing the third generation of the Farris family and in 2014 became Vice President. Today the company is poised to take on the challenges of future growth. Our continued goal is to offer the independent retailer the best products, aggressive pricing and unmatched service in the industry.
General Business ActivitiesFarris Brothers, Inc. is a Distributor of Fishing and Hunting products covering the Southeastern United States. Our primary customer is the Independent Retail Dealer ranging from the large full line sporting goods stores to hardware stores, marinas, tackle shops, feed & seed stores, etc. Our sales force is comprised of 9 outside sale reps covering all of Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee as well as East Texas, Southern Arkansas and North Florida. In addition to our outside sales force we have 4 in house Telemarketers covering primarily the Midwest, Northeast and Southern Florida. The traveling Sales staff are supported by an in-house Customer Service team.
Two Annual Dealer Shows are held in January (Fishing) and June (Hunting). Two full color catalogs are also produced for each Fishing and Hunting season. Our business make up is roughly 50/50 Fishing/Hunting.