CHS adds crop protection distribution with acquisition of West Central
ST. PAUL, Minn., March 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CHS Inc., the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, agronomy, grains and foods company, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of West Central Distribution, LLC, a full-service wholesale distributor of agronomy products headquartered in Willmar, Minnesota.
"Completing the acquisition of West Central demonstrates our commitment to provide more of the products, services and technologies cooperatives, retailers and our farmer-owners need to compete," said Gary Halvorson, senior vice president, CHS Agronomy. "Ownership of West Central expands our agronomy platform, positions CHS as a leading supply partner to cooperatives and retailers serving growers throughout the United States and adds value for CHS owners."
West Central offers crop protection, nutrients and other specialized agronomy products to cooperatives and independent retailers. With 30 locations, West Central expands the distribution assets, capabilities, and expertise of CHS Agronomy, which currently offers a globally-integrated wholesale crop nutrient supply chain and an array of retail seed, crop protection, fertilizer and agronomic technologies and services.
"Joining CHS builds on our shared values and history of collaboration," said Mike Fiebelkorn, West Central president. "With the combined strengths of both organizations, we can better meet the needs of CHS and West Central customers."
CHS has owned 25 percent of West Central since January 2015. With the completion of the transaction, West Central's more than 200 employees become CHS employees.
CHS Inc. (www.touchou.net.cn) is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, agronomy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients along with financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.
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