BRANDT Acquires Assets of Spanish Company
Second Acquisition in 2016 Expands BRANDT Manufacturing to Europe
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (30 June 2016) – BRANDT, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of specialty agriculture products, has acquired the assets of Tratamientos Guadalquivir S.A. (TRAGUSA) under its subsidiary BRANDT Europe, S.L. TRAGUSA, based in Carmona, Spain, manufactures, distributes and sells specialty fertilizers, adjuvants and a full line of crop protection products.
The TRAGUSA acquisition will give BRANDT manufacturing capacity in Europe, plus access to new markets especially in the crop protection category.
“This transaction is all about growth and efficiencies,” said Rick Brandt, President & CEO of BRANDT. “With TRAGUSA in the family, we’ll be able to manufacturer our products in Spain for shipment throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Just as we saw in Brazil with the formation of BRANDT do Brasil, we expect to see increased opportunities to better serve our customers.”
Founded in 1988, TRAGUSA manufactures products for agriculture, greenhouse and lawn & garden growers. With a particular strength in crop protection products, the company manufactures and distributes a wide range of chemistries for crop protection, plant nutrition and pest control. TRAGUSA products are distributed primarily in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
“We are thrilled to be joining the BRANDT family,” said Manuel González Domínguez, General Manager of TRAGUSA. “Going forward as BRANDT, we will be able to bring even better solutions to our customers throughout the region. Our whole team is energized and excited.”
TRAGUSA’s business will operate under BRANDT Europe, S.L. BRANDT Europe will be part of BRANDT’s Specialty Formulations division, under the international team led by Ramon Georgis, Director of International Business. TRAGUSA employees will be retained and TRAGUSA management will continue to operate the company day-to-day.
“We’ve been working with the TRAGUSA team for a number of years as a distributor of BRANDT products. And we’ve experienced the quality of their people, their manufacturing and their chemistries,” explained Brandt. “With our acquisition of BAICOR in April and now TRAGUSA, we are strategically growing our capabilities to take advantage of global market opportunities.”
A leading agricultural company, BRANDT consists of three divisions—Specialty Formulations, Retail Agronomy and Dealer Support—serving growers around the globe. Founded in 1953 by Glen Brandt and his sister Evelyn Brandt Thomas to help Illinois farmers adopt new and profitable technologies, the company has experienced aggressive growth under the leadership of President and CEO Rick Brandt. Innovation, technology and strong customer service are a few of the core beliefs that drive BRANDT today. BRANDT’s focus is providing the products and services that give growers the best opportunity for maximum return while building a stronger, healthier and more abundant food supply.