Manager, staffer resign from local Tractor Supply after company cuts DEI

Elizabeth Izzo, Managing Editor

RAY BROOK — The general manager and an employee of Tractor Supply in Ray Brook have resigned and more are considering quitting after the company signaled that it would be eliminating its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and ending its commitment to meeting its environmental goals following weeks of online conservative backlash.

The general manager of the Ray Brook location, Joe Montello of Saranac Lake, is a gay man. He has worked at Tractor Supply for a total of six-and-a-half years and felt that the company was supposed to be inclusive, catering to everyone — regardless of their sexual orientation or background. But after reading the company’s statement last week, his feelings changed.

“I felt betrayed,” he said. “I felt that they betrayed not only their employees, but also a large part of their customers.”

Read the full story in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.