4G’s Trading in Los Chavez started with just a trailer load of hay
It was about 15 months ago that Judy Garcia brought a gooseneck trailer load of hay from Gallup to sell on a piece of property she co-owns on N.M. 314 in Los Chavez. From that simple beginning, 4G’s Trading Co. was born.
“I wasn’t sure it would sell, what with all the hay sellers around here,” she said. But sell it did and “I just kept expanding it from there.”
That expansion now includes sales of livestock and horse feed, sales of metal buildings and metal recycling.
It’s not like this is something new for Garcia. She did much the same thing for more than 20 years in Gallup and is still co-owner of that operation with her ex-husband.
She said the couple bought the Los Chavez property about four or five years ago, but never did much with it until she moved to it from Gallup in January 2010. It is located at 19556 N.M. 314, directly across the highway from the livestock auction lot.
“It’s an excellent location,” Garcia said. “The fact it’s on 314 is an asset, and the fact it’s across from the livestock auction is an added asset.”
Although her main business is hay sales — right now she gets her hay from Phoenix and from a Jarales farmer who brings it from Colorado — she also sells Nutrena feeds for horses and livestock.
4G’s also sells metal buildings, particularly small hay barns and horse trailers. And a sideline business is metal recycling, including aluminum.
“It’s going well,” Garcia said. “I hear so much talk about how the economy is so bad, but I haven’t seen that. We keep growing.
She said she’s already developed a number of regular customers including “school teachers and retirees, people from Albuquerque and Santa Fe. They come from all over.”
Garcia said she’s glad she made the move from Gallup to Valencia County.
“I love this area,” she said. “People have been very, very good to me.”
Where does 4G’s come from?
“Well,” she said, “it was a family thing for me, my husband, my daughter and my son — the four Garcias.”
Asked if she had any expansion plans, Garcia said there are none at this time.
“It’s like we did over in Gallup,” she said. “We’d try something. If it worked we’d keep it in the mix. If it didn’t, we’d drop it. Right now the mix is working, so I don’t foresee any changes.”
4G’s Trading Co. is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The phone number is 505-879-1543 (the 505 is necessary on calls made from a land line).
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