SAN FRANCISCO — March 17, 2011 — Wilbur-Ellis Company announced today that it has donated $100,000 USD to the Japanese Red Cross for earthquake relief. Wilbur-Ellis opened its Tokyo office in 1947 and its Osaka office in 1949. The offices currently service the Japanese market as an importer, exporter, distributor and agent for specialty industrial chemicals and ingredients through its Connell Brothers Division. 

“We’re grateful that all 40 of our employees in our Tokyo and Osaka offices are safe,” said John Thacher, president and chief executive officer at Wilbur-Ellis. “Our company has a very close connection to the region as our Connell Brother’s Division has been in the Pacific Rim for over 100 years. We’d like to help in any way we are able to assist the Japanese Red Cross in their effort to help those in need in wake of this disaster. ” 

Through Connell Brothers, the company caters to a wide variety of industries, distributing industrial chemicals and ingredients to coatings and inks, plastics and rubber, personal and household care, food ingredients, adhesives and sealants, pharma and other industries. 

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. 

About Connell Brothers Company 

Connell Brothers Company, based in San Francisco, is a division of Wilbur-Ellis Company and is among the largest international marketers and distributors of specialty chemicals and ingredients in the Pacific Rim. With over 100 years in Asia and a keen focus on technical service, customer support and quality control, CBC provides complete supply chain management from transportation, documentation, warehousing, and sales and distribution through its 36 offices located throughout Asia. 

For more information, please visit our website at www.connellbrothers.com 

For more information, please visit www.wilburellis.com