History In The Making
Schoolmates from the University of Washington, Brayton Wilbur, Floyd Ellis and Thomas Franck open a small import-export brokerage trading company in San Francisco with a $5,000 investment. The newly created Wilbur-Ellis focuses on trading fishmeal and fish oil.
Wilbur-Ellis initiates a presence in the Far East with the acquisition of a highly respected distributor of food and other products, Connell Brothers.
Wilbur-Ellis opens crop protection and treatment locations for the first time, starting in California and Arizona.
In post-war Japan, Wilbur-Ellis is among the first foreign-based companies to reestablish trade with the country, a legacy that continues today.
As formulas for fertilizer and crop protection become more sophisticated, the company purchases businesses in California, the Pacific Northwest and Texas. This begins a strategic acquisition approach that continues today.
Agribusiness responds to changes in government oversight with the establishment of a dedicated Safety, Regulatory and Environmental department.
Connell Brothers focuses on specialty chemicals and ingredients, and increases its presence in Southeast Asia. Feed becomes a separate business. Wilbur-Ellis ranks among the 50 largest privately-owned companies in the United States.
Key acquisitions – including John Taylor Fertilizers – establish the company’s position among the top crop protection service providers in the industry. Expansion of the Canadian feed trading business continues with the opening of operations in Lethbridge, AB.
The Company opens new specialty markets branch in Ontario, California, and acquires Ripon Farm Service and Schall Chemical.
Wilbur-Ellis celebrates 90 years in business. Expansion in Asia continues with personal care acquisition in India, Mascot Universal. Wilbur-Ellis launches its sophisticated Ag technology platform, AgVerdict®.
Wilbur-Ellis is a global services leader in precision agriculture technology and products, and in-market expansion services in the animal feed and specialty chemicals industries.
At Wilbur-Ellis, we’re proud of our history, but never stop looking ahead.