100 Years and Growing: 100 Years and Innovating | 100 Years and Giving | 100 Years and Evolving

From the company’s early purchase in 1931 of Connell Bros. Company (Connell) to its largest acquisition in 2019 of Nachurs Alpine Solutions, Wilbur-Ellis has long achieved strategic growth through acquisition.

Beyond just getting bigger, acquisitions have enabled Wilbur-Ellis to expand its existing businesses, enter into new markets and geographies, and strengthen the company’s manufacturing capabilities.

This listing of the acquisitions made over the company’s history illustrates one of the most important ways Wilbur-Ellis has grown from a company created from a $5,000 investment in 1921 to a global enterprise with over $3 billion in annual sales.

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Year Acquisition Business Unit Location
1931Connell Bros. CompanyConnellSeattle, WA, USA
1939Herring reduction plant (acquired before 1939) Big Port Walter, AK, USA
1946Lloyd Steamship Company  
1949Marine Products Company San Diego, CA, USA
1950Arizona Agro-Phosphate Company Phoenix, AZ, USA
1951Dahican Lumber Company (partial interest)ConnellPhilippines
1953Marine By-Products Company Portland, OR, USA
1954Agro Phosphate Company San Joaquin, CA, USA
1954Reinke & Amende, Inc. Los Angeles & San Francisco, CA, USA
1958Expansion Mercantil Internacional, C.A.ConnellVenezuela
Marine Products Company
Arizona Agro-Phosphate Company
Reinke & Amende, Inc.
1959Commercial Commodities Company, Inc. Los Angeles, CA, USA
1960L. H. Butcher Company Los Angeles, CA, USA
1963L. H. Butcher became WE division  
1963L. H. Butcher metal finishing sold back to Udylite Corp.  
1964L. H. Butcher industrial chemicals sold to Central Solvents & Chemicals Co.  
1966New Mexico Cattle Supply Co. Clovis, NM, USA
1967Portola Monterey, CA, USA
1970Export log operation of Transpac Corp. WA, USA
1971H. R. Spinner Company Wenatchee, WA, USA
1971B. C. Ireland, Inc. San Francisco, CA, USA
1972Chemical Resources, Pty., Ltd. (WE/CBC affiliate) Artarmon, New South Wales, Australia
1972S. A. Camp Fertilizer and Insecticide Co. Bakersfield, CA, USA
1972California Sulfur Co. Bakersfield, CA, USA
1973Poultry Processors, Inc. (partial interest & management) Beaumont, CA, USA
1976Farrell Company Ogden, UT, USA
1977El Rancho Milling Company Clovis, NM, USA
1977Bellaire ProductsConnellTallevast, FL, USA
1977Mowe's Scientific Nutritional Service, Inc. Upland, CA, USA
1978The Bosun’s Locker Durban, South Africa
1978Calaveras Copperopolis, CA, USA
1979Helena Chemical plant Caldwell, ID, USA
1979Siam Technology Company, Ltd. (40%) Thailand
1980Cape Craft and Andy’s Boat Shop (50% shareholding) Cape Town, South Africa
1981Vermont Group, (minority interest) Morrisville, VT, USA
1981Transpacific International Industries, Inc. (minority interest) Seattle, WA, USA
1986FMC Sulfur facility  Earlimart, CA, USA
1987Connell Bros. Company merged into WE  
1987Brayton Chemicals, Inc. West Burlington, IA, USA
1987RIGO Company Buckner, KY, USA
1987Gardner & Smith, Inc. Tekoa, WA, USA
1987Palouse Producers, Inc. Pullman, WA, USA
1988Valley Fertilizer, Inc. Mt. Vernon, WA, USA
1989Tide Products Co. Edinburg, TX, USA
1989Premier GrainNutritionLethbridge, AB, Canada
1989LAC Canada
1989Haviland Agricultural, Inc. Grand Rapids, MI, USA
1990BS&R Stainless Steel Durban, South Africa
1990Chipman Chemical Company (US seed treatment business)  
1991Compliance Services International, Inc. (partial interest) Tacoma, WA, USA
1991Haviland Agricultural, Inc. merged into WE  
1992Harricros Chemicals Pte. Ltd. Singapore
1992Oliver Industrial Supply Ltd. Oliver Western Canada
1993PureGro Co. (Central Arizona business units) Central AZ, USA
1994Barber Cashew Supply Corporation  
1996Siam Source Trading Ltd.  
1996A&J FertilizerAgribusiness 
1996Tex-AgAgribusinessTX, USA
1996RIGO Company sold  
1997IMC Vigoro fertilizer plantAgribusinessHarrisburg, OR, USA
1998Starr AgAgribusinessAlbany, OR, USA
1998Willamette Seed CompanyAgribusinessOR, USA
1999John Taylor FertilizerAgribusinessRio Linda, CA, USA
1999Delta Industries (Acquired with John Taylor)AgribusinessCA, USA
1999Glenn Fertilizer (Acquired with John Taylor)AgribusinessCA, USA
1999Roy Reigels Chemicals (Acquired with John Taylor)AgribusinessCA, USA
1999Precision Applications Inc. (Acquired with John Taylor)AgribusinessCA, USA
1999Express ChemicalConnellMalaysia
1999Inman & CompanyNutritionClackamas, OR, USA
1999SoilservAgribusinessSalinas, CA, USA
2000NexusAgribusinessQuincy, WA, USA
2000Helm Fertilizers, Inc.AgribusinessSan Joaquin Valley, CA, USA
2001John Pryor CompanyAgribusinessSalinas, CA, USA
2001Knox McDaniel CompanyNutritionOgden, UT, USA
2001Anderson Edmore, MI, USA
2001Olson Seed Inc. Madras, OR, USA
2001Northern Star Minerals Inc.AgribusinessOkemos, MI, USA
2001Schoolcraft Farm Services (affiliate of Northern Star) Schoolcraft, MI, USA
2002RMH Helm, CA, USA
2003Western Feed SupplementsNutritionYakima, WA, USA
2003Barnett ChemicalsConnellBrisbane, Australia
2004Hughson Chemical CompanyAgribusinessHughson, CA, USA
2004Transchem Australia (WA) Pty Ltd.ConnellPerth, Australia
2004Fauna IndustriesNutritionIdaho Falls, ID, USA
2004Snake River Chemical Inc. (UAP-Potato Seed Treatment)AgribusinessCaldwell, ID, USA
2005Polygon ProductsConnellNew Zealand
2005Woodburn Fertilizer, Inc.AgribusinessWoodburn, OR, USA
2005Material Resources International CorporationConnellPhilippines
2006Integra SeedAgribusinessBozeman, MT, USA
2006Napa Valley Ag SupplyAgribusinessSt. Helena, CA, USA
2006Hi-Line Fertilizer, Inc.AgribusinessHingham, MT, USA
2006Gulf ChemicalsConnellMalaysia
2006RNA Agricultural ProductsAgribusinessSan Joaquin, CA, USA
2006Alberta Timothy CompanyNutritionCremona, Alberta, Canada
2006Pressa AGNutritionBC, Canada
2007Krech Dakota AirsprayAgribusinessHuron, SD, USA
2007Ag Supply Ltd.AgribusinessEarth, TX, USA
2007Schertz Aerial ServicesAgribusinessIL, USA
2008Hunt's Ag-AirAgribusinessTaft, TX, USA
2008Rolla Fertilizer and Flying ServiceAgribusinessRolla, ND, USA
2008Profood USA, Inc.NutritionBrush Prairie, WA, USA
2008Selsen FlavoursConnellTaiwan
2009Schall Chemical Supply, LLCAgribusinessMonte Vista, CO, USA
2009Ripon Farm Service, LLCAgribusinessRipon, CA, USA
2009Newson International Ltd.ConnellChina
2009Sutter Trading, LLCNutritionYuba City, CA, USA
2009Ag Flight, Inc.AgribusinessYork, NE, USA
2009Muckel’s Aerial, Inc.AgribusinessProsser, NE, USA
2010Kroeplin Ag Service, Inc.AgribusinessHighmore, SD, USA
2010Premier Ag, LLCAgribusinessDalhart, TX, USA
2010Advanced AgronomicsAgribusinessNortheast Kansas, USA
2010Cornell FertilizerAgribusinessDillon, MT, USA
2011Agri-Services ( Lyons & Pulaski, OH & Munson, MI branches)AgribusinessOH & MI, USA
2011Smith Air LLCAgribusinessOdessa, WA, USA
2011New Zealand and Australian Pet Food IngredientsNutritionBluff, New Zealand
2011American By-Products Inc.NutritionRosser, TX, USA
2012Farm & Forest Helicopter Service, Inc.AgribusinessChehalis, WA, USA
2012The Seed StoreAgribusinessWessington Springs, SD, USA
2012Mott Grain CompanyAgribusinessMott, ND, USA
2013Nueces AgAgribusinessRobstown, TX, USA
2013Chester Farm Service CorporationAgribusinessChester, SD, USA
2013S&S Agricultural Supply, LLC AgribusinessWatervliet, MI, USA
2013Orchard Fertilizer Service, Inc.AgribusinessOrchard, NE, USA
2013Blue River Ag Supply LLCAgribusinessEdgerton, WI, USA
2013Dennis and Lynette Hardy seed businessAgribusinessBeresford, SD, USA
2013Orange Belt SupplyAgribusinessLindsay, CA, USA
2014Advanced AgAgribusinessCreston, IA, USA
2014Enzyme Solutions Pty Ltd.ConnellMelbourne, Australia
2014Accu-Rate Services, Inc.AgribusinessSedgwick, KS, USA
2014New Horizons Ag Service Inc.AgribusinessElgin, ND, USA
2014Allied ProteinNutritionGaffney, SC, USA
2014Poynter’s Ag SupplyAgribusinessSawyer, ND, USA
2014Bioworld Fine Chemical Co.ConnellShanghai, China
2015Aero Spray Services, Inc.AgribusinessMiller, SD, USA
2015Lacey’s Farmacy, Inc.AgribusinessSalem, SD, USA
2015The Seed House Inc.AgribusinessO'Neill, NE, USA
2015Mascot Universal Pvt. Ltd.ConnellMumbai, India
2016Express Source AgAgribusinessToluca, IL, USA
2016Johansen Farms LLCAgribusinessThree Rivers, MI, USA
2017Innovative Seed and Consulting, LLCAgribusinessClaremont, MN, USA
2017Olsen Ag EnterpriseAgribusinessGrand Island, NE, USA
2017Ag Consulting GroupCavalloLincoln, NE, USA
2017AgCodeCavalloGlenwood, MN, USA
2017Axxone International Pte Ltd.ConnellSingapore
2018Ameri-Pac Inc.NutritionSt. Joseph, MO, USA
2019Wiles Brothers Fertilizer, Inc.AgribusinessPlattsmouth, NE, USA
2019Ag Services, Inc.AgribusinessMecca, CA, USA
2019Ingredient Resources Pty LimitedConnellAustralia
2019Frontier AviationAgribusinessChester, MT, USA
2019Ag AirAgribusinessRudyard, MT, USA
2019Inno-Cosmic and Nation MapleConnellMalaysia
2019Rangen, Inc.NutritionBuhl, ID, USA
2019Nachurs Alpine SolutionsNachursMarion, OH, USA
2020Probe ScheduleAgribusinessFall City, WA, USA