Wilbur-Ellis Expands Aerial Application Business

Helicopter Aerial Application

Wilbur-Ellis Co., the No. 4 ranked retailer on the CropLife 100, has acquired the assets of Farm & Forest Helicopter Service, Inc., based in Napavine, WA.

Farm & Forest has been servicing the forestry, nursery and Christmas tree businesses in Oregon and Washington since 1964. The acquisition will increase Wilbur-Ellis’ already strong footprint in the region, expand its aerial application services and add to its forestry customer base in the Northwest U.S. The new acquisition will be a part of the Agribusiness Division’s Northwest operations. 

Wilbur-Ellis has had a productive working relationship with Farm & Forest for more than 15 years, providing its customers with the forestry protection products used in the aerial applications. The acquisition will improve efficiency of an operational system that is already in place with these customers including scouting, mapping and the overall aerial application management process. This will be particularly beneficial as the forestry herbicide market continues to change and become more challenging for some forestry customers.

“One of the key drivers for this acquisition was to combine our synergies for the benefit of the customers,” said Ken Manning, senior vice president of the Northwest operations. “They are truly going to appreciate the transparency of doing business with us and all the strengths that Wilbur-Ellis has to offer. Wilbur-Ellis will also greatly benefit from Farm & Forest’s well-qualified pilots and aerial application expertise in forestry.”

“Our business has been growing steadily over the last few years,” said Dan Foster, president of Farm & Forest. “We know that in order to get to the next level and provide our customers with all the valuable resources available, including technology, Wilbur-Ellis will be able to give us the means to stay competitive in this market.”

Wilbur-Ellis currently has several agribusiness locations in and around Farm & Forest’s operations, making the acquisition a natural fit for the company’s growth plan. Current shortages of aerial application services in the Oregon and Washington areas, and opportunities to expand the business into tree fruit and other agricultural crops, make this an exciting acquisition for the company.

This is the second aerial business acquired by Wilbur-Ellis in the Northwest. Smith Air, also located in Eastern Washington, was purchased in April 2011. Wilbur-Ellis currently has other aerial operations in California, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas.

Wilbur-Ellis’ Agribusiness Division generates nearly $1.8 billion in sales revenue and has 160 locations throughout the U.S.

Leave a Reply

CropLife 100 Stories
CropLife 100CHS To Build $3 Billion Fertilizer Plant In North Dakota
September 5, 2014
The fertilizer plant in Spiritwood will be the single largest investment in CHS history, as well as the single largest private investment project ever undertaken in North Dakota. Read More
CropLife 100BRANDT Acquires Lemon Ag Services
August 4, 2014
The acquisition of Lemon Ag fits BRANDT’s aggressive corporate strategy of providing superior agronomic advice and services for customers in central Illinois. Read More
CropLife 100Wilbur-Ellis To Relocate Agribusiness Division To Denver
July 16, 2014
The move Eastward will allow Wilbur-Ellis’ Agribusiness Division to be more accessible to relevant geographies and is expected to enhance communication and collaboration among the division’s nearly 3,000 employees. Read More
CropLife 100CHS To Acquire Illinois River Energy Ethanol Plant
May 1, 2014
CHS has signed an agreement with Sinav Ltd. to acquire 100% of the company's stock, which includes Illinois River Energy, a 133-million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant at Rochelle, IL. Read More
Top 100 Articles
CropLife 100Cooperative CHS Returns $518 Million To Owners
February 23, 2015
The 2015 cash return to owners is based on CHS net income of $1.1 billion, the company's second highest on record. Read More
corn field
CropLife 100The Andersons’ Humic DG Now Available In Canada
February 13, 2015
The Andersons, Inc. Turf & Specialty Group has announced its Humic DG product is now available to customers in the Canadian turf, agriculture and horticulture markets. Read More
Farmer on tablet
CropLife 100Southern States Co-op: An Inside Look At Our Aerial Imagery Program
February 8, 2015
Now is as good a time as any to explore the basics of what a retail aerial imagery program looks like today. Read More
CropLife 100Wilbur-Ellis Inks Satellite Imagery Agreement
February 3, 2015
Wilbur-Ellis Company has reached an agreement with Planet Labs to bring satellite imagery to the AgVerdict software platform. Read More
CropLife 100The Andersons Starts Venture Capital Subsidiary
January 26, 2015
The Andersons has established Maumee Ventures, a venture capital subsidiary designed to foster promising innovations that strategically align with the company’s core businesses. Read More
CropLife 100CHS Partners With Northern Partners Coop On Fertilizer Warehouse
January 21, 2015
In addition, the two companies will form a joint venture to build and operate a grain barge loading facility that will handle corn, soybeans and wheat for export through the CHS terminal at Myrtle Grove, LA. Read More
Latest News
Luckey Farmers, Inc.’s Berkey Farm Center
Industry NewsLuckey Farmers’ Berkey Branch Certified In 4R Nut…
February 26, 2015
The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program has announced Luckey Farmers Inc.’s Berkey Farm Center in northwest Ohio has been added to its growing list of nutrient service providers to achieve certified status. Read More
Crop InputsWinField Unveiling NutriVision Technology, Ascend Dry F…
February 24, 2015
New for 2015 are NutriVision Technology, a unique tool for monitoring in-season plant nutrient availability, and Ascend WSG plant growth regulator, a new dry formulation of Ascend plant growth regulator. Read More
FertilizerNew Formulation Of NutriSphere-N Protects High Volume U…
February 24, 2015
Verdesian Life Sciences is launching NutriSphere-N HVTM, a new polymer formulation of the proven NutriSphere-N Nitrogen Fertilizer Manager that protects high-volume applications of UAN. Read More
EquipmentIowa Ag Secretary Northey Names Hagie Water Quality Lea…
February 24, 2015
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has named Hagie Mfg. as a recipient of the Secretary’s Water Quality Initiative (WQI) Leader Award. Read More
FungicidesEvito Fungicide Gives Canadian Wheat Growers New Diseas…
February 24, 2015
EVITO fungicide from Arysta LifeScience North America gives Canadian wheat and barley growers a new option for disease control. Read More
Eric SfiligojThe Commodity Classic Turns 20
February 23, 2015
Two decades in, this annual gathering of all things agriculture has become a must-see event. Read More
CropLife 100Cooperative CHS Returns $518 Million To Owners
February 23, 2015
The 2015 cash return to owners is based on CHS net income of $1.1 billion, the company's second highest on record. Read More
ManagementCropLife Retail Week: On The Road Edition
February 20, 2015
Editors Paul Schrimpf and Eric Sfiligoj discuss their recent trips to the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville and the Read More
Crop InputsLand O’Lakes Acquires FLM+ Assets
February 19, 2015
FLM+ will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O'Lakes, Inc., and the company will retain its employee base after closing of the deal, which is scheduled for the second quarter of the year. Read More
Seed/BiotechUnited Suppliers, Stine Seed Form Marketing Alliance
February 19, 2015
The new alliance will greatly expand sales opportunities for Stine Seed with the United Supplier Seed Link Owners. Read More
Crop InputsVilsack To Deliver Commodity Classic Keynote Address
February 19, 2015
The secretary will deliver a keynote address to several thousand farmers and ag allies during the event's General Session, to be held Friday, February 27, in Phoenix, AZ. Read More
Crop InputsSoybean Storage Tips
February 19, 2015
On-farm storage of soybeans requires some special considerations compared to corn. Read More
Monsanto Sign
Crop InputsBioAg Alliance Delivers Promising Field Trial Results
February 19, 2015
In its first full year of field trials, the BioAg Alliance reported that the top 10 microbial strains tested in corn and soybeans showed very promising results. Read More
National Farm Machinery Show overview
EquipmentNational Farm Machinery Show Attendance Up By 16K
February 18, 2015
The 2015 event saw the second highest attendance total of all time as 310,589 attendees that included exhibitors and agribusiness professionals traveled to the Kentucky Exposition Center to participate in the nation’s largest indoor ag trade show. Read More
EquipmentHagie Captures Three 2015 AE50 Awards
February 18, 2015
Hagie Mfg.’s Cover Crop Interseeder (CCI), High Speed Toolbar (HsTB) and STS with Tracks were presented with 2015 AE50 outstanding innovations awards at the 2015 ASABE Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference in Louisville, KY. Read More
CPS Truck door
ManagementOhio AgriBusiness Association Announces New And Re-Elec…
February 17, 2015
Crop Production Services, The Andersons among agribusinesses represented on OABA's 2015 Board of Directors. Read More
Crop InputsPlatform Specialty Products Finalizes Arysta Acquisitio…
February 17, 2015
The closing of this acquisition marks Platform’s third acquisition within the agrochemicals operating segment following the acquisitions of the Agriphar Group and Chemtura AgroSolutions in 2014. Read More
National Farm Machinery Show 50th Anniversary
Eric SfiligojThe National Farm Machinery Show Turns 50
February 17, 2015
The largest indoor farm trade show continues to impress visitors after five decades. Read More