WILBUR-ELLIS COMPANY CELEBRATES 90 YEARS IN BUSINESS
Family-owned company says employees, integrity and business relationships have contributed to nine decades of success
SAN FRANCISCO — June 29, 2011 — Wilbur-Ellis Company, an international marketer and distributor of agricultural products, animal feed and specialty chemicals and ingredients, marks its 90-year anniversary this month. The company, founded in 1921 by Brayton Wilbur, Sr., Floyd Ellis, and Thomas Franck, began as an import-export brokerage trading business that focused on ﬁshmeal, ﬁsh oil and by-products.
Click here to see Wilbur-Ellis’ story unfold via an interactive timeline.
Today, the privately-held company is owned primarily by Brayton Wilbur, Sr.’s descendants. The company is headquartered on California St. in San Francisco, located a few doors down from where the company opened its doors 90 years ago (click here to see first office) (click here to see office today).
“Our greatest strength has consistently been the family and people behind Wilbur-Ellis,” said John P. Thacher (click here for audio), president and chief executive officer, and grandson of Brayton Wilbur, Sr. “They have helped the company respond with commitment and creativity to diverse market forces over the decades, including shifting economies, wars, and natural disasters, and each time emerge stronger than before. This ingenuity and dedication to success have propelled the company’s growth since our inception and will continue to sustain us as we approach our centennial anniversary.”
To mark the 90th anniversary, all employees will receive a commemorative gift and a special edition of the company’s internal newsletter, the WilCon Trader, which first began publishing in 1947, highlighting Wilbur-Ellis’ rich history and reminiscences and stories from former employees.
“We want our employees to see this celebration as a significant milestone in our history. We look forward to tomorrow and the coming years, and we have our employees to thank for this achievement,” said Thacher.
Today, Wilbur-Ellis grosses close to $2.5 billion annually in sales, and has three business divisions, Agribusiness, Connell Brothers and Feed with more than 3,100 employees in the U.S., Canada, and 15 countries across Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
About Wilbur-Ellis Company
Founded in 1921, Wilbur-Ellis is a leading international marketer and distributor of agricultural products, animal feed and specialty chemicals and ingredients. By developing strong relationships, making strategic market investments and capitalizing on new opportunities, Wilbur-Ellis has continued to grow its business with sales now approaching $2.5 billion.
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