According to a press release, Wilbur-Ellis, an international marketer and distributor of agricultural products, animal nutrients and specialty chemicals and ingredients, announced the acquisition of Nachurs Alpine Solutions (NAS), a specialty liquid chemical manufacturer serving the precision agriculture, transportation, energy and diversified industrial sectors in North America. NAS is the largest acquisition in Wilbur-Ellis' history.
Formed in 1946, NAS pioneered liquid fertilizer formulated to meet the nutritional needs of crops and growing conditions in the U.S. and Canada. Over the past 20 years, NAS has organized into six business units and diversified, providing de-icing and freeze prevention solutions for the transportation and mining industries, as well as fluids for the energy sector.
As part of Wilbur-Ellis, NAS will operate as a new business division, alongside the company's other core businesses – Agribusiness, Nutrition and Connell. NAS will be led by its current President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Barnes, who will report to Wilbur-Ellis President and Chief Executive Officer John Buckley. NAS' products will continue to be sold under its signature brands, including NACHURS and ALPINE liquid fertilizers in the U.S. and Canada, and Nachurs Alpine Solutions Industrial (NASi) products in the transportation, mining, energy and industrial chemicals markets.
NAS' brands are supported by more than 200 employees, seven manufacturing plants, and 85-plus distribution terminals in the U.S. and Canada.
"NAS is a great strategic fit for Wilbur-Ellis," said Wilbur-Ellis' Buckley. "It supports our one Wilbur-Ellis strategy, which promotes collaboration and leveraging our resources, experiences and knowledge across our businesses to add value and better serve customers."