Earl Turner opened the doors of Turner Machine in 1950 near the Indian River as a service to the boat industry in Fort Pierce. Not long after a devastating fire, Turner Machine outgrew its original building and moved to Orange Avenue in the present-day Rent Wear building. In 1963, Mr. Turner moved once again to the present location one mile east of I-95.
Fort Pierce has changed in many ways in 50 years. As tomato farms became grapefruit groves, Turner Machine replaced the production of high tractors and tomato picking machines with the production of rainbirds and portable irrigation pumps.