SAN FRANCISCO, CA. — September 1, 2009 — Wilbur-Ellis Company announced today that it has purchased the assets of Sutter Trading, LLC (Sutter), a distributor of rice milling byproducts into the livestock industry located in Yuba City, CA. The transaction is effective September 1st.
In making the announcement, John P. Thacher, Wilbur-Ellis Company president and CEO, commented on the experience of the Sutter Trading leadership. “Dee Gibbs brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to our California Feed team. It is a unique opportunity for both companies to combine forces to serve this specialty feed market,” said Thacher.
Speaking on behalf of Sutter Trading, President Dee Gibbs stressed the importance of joining forces with the right company. “Wilbur-Ellis is a respected participant in the Northern California feed market, and its considerable resources will both provide additional support to our product offering and allow us to continue the high level of individual customer service that we have built our business upon,” said Gibbs.
Ronald G. Salter, Wilbur-Ellis Company vice president of the Feed Division, identified Sutter Trading’s long-standing customer and supplier relationships as a key consideration in pursuing the acquisition. “Dee has a fine reputation for serving his customers very well and we feel that the addition of his business to ours will create an even stronger organization,” said Salter. Salter commented further that “Dee will work closely with our Orland, CA manager Brannon Byrne and Fresno, CA product champion Tim Cockburn to continue the development of our market in Central and Northern California.”
Founded in 1921, and with total sales exceeding $2 billion, Wilbur-Ellis Company specializes in the marketing, distribution and formulation of crop protection products, fertilizers and animal feed in the United States. Through its Connell Bros. and Feed Divisions, Wilbur-Ellis exports specialty chemicals and animal feed throughout the Pacific Rim.
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