Dow AgroSciences LLC Announces Sale of Salinas, Ca Based Soilserv, Inc. to Wilbur-Ellis

Jul 29, 1999, 01:00 ET from Dow AgroSciences

    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
     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.

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