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BRANDT AGAIN NAMED TO INC. MAGAZINE'S LIST OF AMERICA'S FASTEST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES

Springfield, Illinois (August 25, 2014) – For the fifth time, BRANDT has been named to Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list provides a comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs.

“I am incredibly proud that our team once again made Inc. magazine’s exclusive list,” said Rick Brandt, President and CEO of BRANDT. “My father and my aunt founded this company 61 years ago to help farmers achieve better yields and increase profitability. Thanks to hard-working members of the extended BRANDT family, we continue to do that every day and have built a vibrant, growing company as a result.” Read more >

BRANDT SIBLINGS NAMED ILLINOISANS OF THE DAY AT STATE FAIR

Springfield, Illinois (August 12, 2014) – BRANDT founders Glen Brandt and Evelyn Brandt Thomas (pictured above) were named Illinoisans of the Day at the Illinois State Fair. Evelyn accepted the award on behalf of the siblings at the Illinois Ag Luncheon from Secretary of Agriculture Robert Flider and hall of fame broadcaster Orion Samuelson. Later that evening, BRANDT was part of the winning bid, along with CME Group, for the Lincoln Land Grand Champion Barrow at the Governor’s Sale of Champions for a record $53,000.

BRANDT ACQUIRES RETAIL AGRONOMY COMPANY

Lemon Ag Services, Inc. to be integrated into BRANDT Retail Agronomy division

Springfield, Illinois (August 4, 2014) – BRANDT, a leading retailer of professional agronomic services in Illinois, announced today that it has acquired a retail agronomy location in Waverly, IL. Founded in 2004, Lemon Ag Services, Inc. will become part of the BRANDT organization, strengthening the company's commitment to Central Illinois.

"As a family company, we welcome the Lemon Ag employees to the BRANDT family," said Rick Brandt, CEO & President of BRANDT. "With the caliber of people who are joining us, we will truly be a stronger company with our combined resources." Read more >

BRANDT ADDS CORPORATE GENERAL COUNSEL

Allen Bolsters BRANDT Executive Management Team as Corporate General Counsel

Springfield, Illinois (July 28, 2014) – BRANDT, a global agriculture company headquartered in Springfield, announced that R. Lee Allen has joined the company as Corporate General Counsel effective August 1.

Based in Springfield and reporting to Rick Brandt, BRANDT CEO & President, Allen’s primary focus will be on providing legal counsel and strategic advice for all aspects of the business. He was most recently a partner at Sorling Northrup of Springfield.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have Lee join our senior management team,” said Rick Brandt. “He’s a fine strategic thinker, a terrific negotiator and an excellent leader. He’ll provide additional depth to our senior management team and help make BRANDT a stronger company going forward.” Read more >

BRANDT SPONSORS AG-THEMED SERIES ON PBS

ValleyPBS and Fresno County Farm Bureau Welcome BRANDT to Season Two of Valley’s Gold

Springfield, Illinois (July 15, 2014) – BRANDT, a global agriculture company with significant operations in Fresno, CA, has signed on to be a production sponsor for Season Two of Valley’s Gold, a weekly series on agriculture-related topics produced by ValleyPBS and the Fresno County Farm Bureau. With 13 episodes, Valley’s Gold will air on ValleyPBS through mid-September on Wednesdays at 7pm with encore airings on Saturday at 6:30pm and Sunday at 10:30am. The season will re-air in its entirety through the end of the year. Read more >

BRANDT MARKETING DIRECTOR NAMED TO SPRINGFIELD FORTY UNDER 40

Chandra Roberts Recognized by Springfield Business Journal for Business Contributions

Springfield, Illinois (July 8, 2014) – The Springfield Business Journal today named Chandra Roberts to its 2014 Forty Under 40. Roberts is marketing director for BRANDT’s Specialty Formulations division.

“We are all incredibly proud of Chandra,” said Rick Brandt, President & CEO of BRANDT. “She’s the kind of young leader that helps make BRANDT such a special place.” Read more >

BRANDT PRESENTS AT CHINA WSF CONFERENCE IN BEIJING


Lisa Fan Hui presents BRANDT Smart System at the China International Water Soluble Fertilizer Conference & Exhibition in Beijing.
Beijing, China (19 June 2014) – Today, BRANDT, a leading manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, led a technical presentation at the fifth China International Water Soluble Fertilizer Conference and Exhibition in Beijing. Lisa Fan Hui, BRANDT Technical Sales Manager, China, presented BRANDT Smart System and Manni-Plex technology. BRANDT products were launched in China in 2006.

The conference was organized by the China National Chemical Information Center, an official institute on plant nutrition. More than 400 people from over 20 countries attended, including manufactures, raw materials suppliers, traders, distributors, farmers, researchers and government officials.

BRANDT RELEASES TANK PRO™ APP FOR IOS 7.0

New App Allows Growers and Applicators to Check BRANDT Smart System Compatibility

Springfield, Illinois (June 17, 2014) – BRANDT, a leading manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, has launched its first app, BRANDT Tank Pro™, which is now available for download from the iTunes store.

BRANDT Tank Pro was developed to help growers and agricultural applicators check product compatibility before making critical purchase and application decisions. It focuses specifically on the compatibility of post-emergent herbicides and BRANDT SMART SYSTEM® foliar micronutrients. The app prompts users to select a herbicide and a BRANDT SMART SYSTEM formulation. The app then indicates whether it is safe to proceed with the tank mix, whether to mix with caution or whether to perform additional jar tests. Read more >

BRANDT INCREASES PRODUCT MANAGEMENT IN FRESNO OFFICE

Springfield, Illinois (June 1, 2014) –BRANDT, a leading manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, announced that David Bower has joined the company as Product Manager for the Specialty Formulations group.

Based in Fresno and reporting to Rodger Younker, Specialty Formulations National Sales Director, Bower’s primary focus will be on building out BRANDT’s industry-leading adjuvant portfolio which includes surfactants, wetting agents and colorants. Read more >

GRIGG TEES OFF IN AUSTRAILIA

Amgrow to carry line of Grigg Brothers’ products in Asian market


The BRANDT, Grigg Brothers, Amgrow team at Amgrow’s headquarters consummates the deal to bring Grigg products to Australia.
Springfield, Illinois (June 2, 2014) – Starting this spring, Grigg Brothers, a wholly owned subsidiary of Brandt Consolidated, Inc., will launch its plant nutrition products in Australia through Globe Australia, a division of Amgrow Group. Grigg Brothers, one of the most respected brands in the turf business, manufactures and markets leading products for the golf and sports turf industry. Read more >

SPRINGFIELD RETAILERS TO HOST BRANDT LAWN & GARDEN DAYS

BRANDT Professional Agriculture Products Now Available at Select Retail L&G Locations

Springfield, Illinois (May 28, 2014) – BRANDT, a leading manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, is now offering its best-selling plant nutrition and crop protection products to consumers under the BRANDT Lawn & Garden branded product line. Products are available at several local retailers, including Big R, Noonan’s True Value and Buckley’s Landscape. BRANDT Lawn & Garden products are also available online at www.BrandtLawnAndGarden.co. Read more >

BRANDT THOMAS RECEIVES HONORARY DEGREE

Springfield, Illinois (May 17, 2014) – Evelyn Brandt Thomas received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Illinois Springfield at the 2014 UIS Commencement Ceremony. Pictured above are Provost Lynn Pardie, Chancellor Susan Koch, Evelyn Brandt Thomas and U of I President Robert Easter.

BRANDT NAMES INDUSTRY LEADER TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mike Barry, President of TradeMark Nitrogen, Joins BRANDT Board

Springfield, Illinois (April 30, 2014) – BRANDT today announced the appointment of another industry veteran to its board of directors. Mike Barry, President of TradeMark Nitrogen, will bring more than 30 years of experience in global agriculture to the BRANDT organization. Read more >

BRANDT HONORED AS 2014 USF FAST 56 AWARD WINNER

Second consecutive year BRANDT named one of fastest-growing USF-led companies

Springfield, Illinois (April 16, 2014) – The University of South Florida (USF) Alumni Association honored BRANDT as one of its 2014 USF Fast 56 winners – the fastest growing USF alumni owned or led businesses in the world – at a celebration held Friday, April 11, in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom at USF Tampa. Read more >

BRANDT EXECUTIVE NAMED TO RESPONSIBLEAG BOARD

Springfield, Illinois (April 7, 2014) – Tim McArdle, COO and executive vice president of BRANDT, a leading retailer of professional agronomic services in Illinois, has been named to the board of the newly formed ResponsibleAg initiative. ResponsibleAg is a joint initiative of the Agricultural Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute. Read more >

BRANDT FORMS JOINT VENTURE WITH SPANISH TREE INJECTION COMPANY
BRANDT Receives Exclusive Distribution Rights to Patented Technology for US Ag Market


Juan Jesús Barbado Montero, CEO of Fertinyect, Rick Brandt, CEO of BRANDT and Antonio Salas Munoz, partner/owner of Fertinyect (l to r) celebrate the creation of BRANDT-Fertinyect joint venture.

Springfield, Illinois (3 April 2014) – BRANDT, a leading manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, announced today that it acquired an ownership stake in Fertinyect, S.A. Headquartered in Cordoba, Spain, Fertinyect is known for its patented low pressure tree injection (LPTI) systems for use in global agriculture and landscape markets to promote tree health. The product will be marketed in the US as BRANDT enTREE. Read more >

BRANDT EXHIBITS AT NEWAG IN WARSAW, POLAND


Warsaw, Poland (March 25-28, 2014) – Continuing to promote its innovative portfolio of specialty agriculture products, BRANDT participated last week at the NewAg Conference and Exhibition in Warsaw, Poland.

The 12th annual conference focused on plant nutrition, irrigation, fertigation, biocontrol and greenhouse cropping. Building on the success of the previous 11 conferences, this year's event attracted delegates from more than 60 countries of the five continents. BRANDT was a title sponsor and a flagship exhibitor.

BRANDT MANNI-PLEX® MAKES ITS MARK IN KOREA


Odus Begins Exclusive Distribution of Premier Foliar Micronutrient Line in Korea

Springfield, Illinois (March, 17 2014) – BRANDT, a leading manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, announced today that its premier line of foliar micronutrients—BRANDT Manni-Plex—is now being distributed in Korea through an exclusive agreement with Odus.

“BRANDT shares a very similar business philosophy with Odus, striving to develop sustainable technologies that suit the Korean market,” said David Sincock, Senior Business Manager Asia Pacific. “And the use of Manni-Plex technology represents the next level in efficiency of foliar nutrient delivery systems. We are thrilled to partner with Odus behind the leadership of Mr. YB CHO.” Read more >

BRANDT FORMS JV WITH INNOVATION COMPANY

Springfield, Illinois (February, 28 2014) – BRANDT, a leading manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, announced today that it has formed a joint venture with Innovation Hammer, LLC, a company dedicated to improving plant health and yields through field-tested breakthroughs in technologies and science.

"iHammer has truly ground-breaking technologies for the ag, turf and ornamental markets," said Rick Brandt, CEO & President of BRANDT. "And this partnership will allow us to start collaborating with Mike McBride, Arthur Nonomura and Andrew A. Benson. These guys have literally helped the world understand how to put plants to work for the grower and are some of the most practical scientific minds around. This makes growers the winners with iHammer on the BRANDT Team!" Read more >

BRANDT'S JODI LETHAM APPOINTED TO PA AG EDUCATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Springfield, Illinois (January 31, 2014) – BRANDT, a leading manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, announced that Jodi Letham, the company’s Northeast Territory Sales Manager, has been elected for a term to the Pennsylvania Agronomic Education Society Board of Directors. Read more >

BRANDT FOUNDER TO RECEIVE HONORARY DOCTORATE

University of Illinois Springfield to award honorary doctorate degree to Springfield business leader Evelyn Brandt Thomas

Springfield, Illinois (January 23, 2014) – Evelyn Brandt Thomas, co-founder of BRANDT®, will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the Springfield campus of the University of Illinois on May 17, 2014. The U of I Board of Trustees approved the degree at its meeting in Chicago today for the matriarch of BRANDT, a global agriculture retailer and manufacturer of agricultural specialty products based in Springfield.

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BRANDT SPONSORS JUSTIN ALLGAIER IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES

BRANDT to be primary sponsor of hometown driver in Phoenix Racing No. 51 in NASCAR's top series

Springfield, Illinois (January 21, 2014) – BRANDT®, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, announced today they will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 51 Chevrolet SS driven by Justin Allgaier in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The terms of the agreement include primary sponsorship for 21 races over the 2014 season with Allgaier behind the wheel. Read more >

BRANDT RELEASES 2013 RESULTS FROM COMMUNITY HYBRID SEED TRIALS

Springfield, Illinois (January 16, 2014) – BRANDT released its 2013 results from the Community Hybrid Seed Trials.The goal of the BRANDT Community Trials is to provide the customer with replicated local data for seed selection.

2013 Community Hybrid Seed Trials: See the results >

BRANDT CLOSES GRIGG BROTHERS ACQUISITION

Springfield, Illinois (January 14, 2014) – BRANDT, a leading manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, completed its acquisition of Grigg Brothers, a premier brand in the golf and sports turf industry since 1995. Grigg will become part of BRANDT’s Specialty Formulations division, under the direction of Vice President Bill Engel. To learn more, stop by the BRANDT-Grigg booth at the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, February 1-6.

BRANDT TO ACQUIRE LEADING TURFGRASS COMPANY

Grigg Brothers acquisition to transform golf and turf business with expanded capabilities, relationships, reach

Springfield, Illinois (January 2, 2014) – BRANDT, a leading manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, announced today that it has a definitive letter of intent to acquire Grigg Brothers, a leader in the golf and sports turf industry since 1995. Read more >