INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Dow AgroSciences today announced its affiliate, Mycogen Crop Protection Inc., has entered into an agreement to sell Soilserv, Inc. to the Wilbur-Ellis Company. Terms of the agreement are confidential. Soilserv, Inc., founded in 1945, is a premier provider of customized crop protection services, from planting to harvest for growers of high value crops, operating principally in the Salinas Valley, California. The Salinas Valley is the top vegetable producing area in the United States. Brayton Wilbur, president and CEO of Wilbur-Ellis Company, said, "We are most enthusiastic to be joining forces with Soilserv, its excellent management, sales and technical support staffs, in order to expand our business presence throughout the Salinas Valley and in the Yuma, Arizona and Imperial Valley markets. "Soilserv is a premier company in the ag-chem industry," said Wilbur. "We look forward to a long and rewarding association with the men and women of Soilserv -- led by CEO Dennis Sites -- who have made it so successful for so many years." Mycogen Corporation acquired Soilserv from Griffin Corporation in 1991. Ownership of Soilserv was subsequently transferred to Mycogen Crop Protection, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mycogen Corporation. Mycogen Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, and is affiliated with Dow AgroSciences, LLC. Founded in 1921 and with total sales of $1.5 billion, Wilbur-Ellis Company is a major distributor of crop protection products, fertilizers, and animal feed stuffs in the United States. The Company also distributes crop protection products and seeds through Wilfarm LLC, a joint venture between the Company and Farmland Industries. Through its Connell Bros. Company division, the Company exports and distributes industrial chemicals, minerals, fibers and certain animal feed products throughout the Pacific Rim for numerous major US companies. Dow AgroSciences LLC, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a global leader in providing pest management and biotechnology products that improve the quality and quantity of the earth's food supply and contribute to the safety, health and quality of life of the world's growing population. The company employs more than 3,000 people in more than 50 countries and has worldwide sales of more than $2 billion. Dow AgroSciences and Mycogen Corporation are wholly owned subsidiaries of The Dow Chemical Company.
SOURCE Dow AgroSciences