March 6, 2001
On March 6, 2001, Wilbur-Ellis Company completed the purchase of the Knox McDaniel Company’s vitamin and mineral premix products business located in Ogden, Utah. “The Knox McDaniel operations fit very well into our existing feed distribution businesses” said Wilbur-Ellis President and Chief Executive Officer Herbert B. Tully in announcing the acquisition.
“The Knox McDaniel operations service Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Nevada customers with products similar to those supplied by our Mowe’s Scientific facility in Upland, California and our Inman Company operations in Clackamas, Oregon. ”
Knox McDaniel Company began operations in 1967 under the leadership of founder Knox McDaniel. Jeff McDaniel, President of Knox McDaniel Company and son of the founder, said “It was important for our Company to align itself with a significant player in the industry, such as Wilbur-Ellis Company, but to still be able to retain our local autonomy and to maintain the personal relationship that we have with the customers in our region.”
Knox McDaniel Company will continue to be managed by Jeff McDaniel. Knox McDaniel managers who will continue key roles include Lon Shears, Operations Manager, Rex Ferrin, Purchasing and Customer Service Manager, and Marty Short, Quality Assurance and Range Country Manager. The Ogden location will be a business unit of the Northwest Feed Division and will report to Al Zimmer who is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. The Northwest Feed Division operates as part of the Animal Feed Division under Vice President Ron Salter.
Founded in 1921 and with total sales exceeding $1.1 billion, Wilbur-Ellis Company specializes in the marketing, distribution and formulation of crop protection products, fertilizers and animal feed stuffs. Through its Connell Bros. Company and Animal Feed divisions, Wilbur-Ellis exports industrial chemicals, minerals and fibers and certain animal feed stuffs throughout the Pacific Rim for numerous major U.S. companies.
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