Formed in 1946, NAS pioneered precision-placed liquid fertilizer, formulated to meet the nutritional needs of crops and growing conditions in the U.S. and Canada. As part of Wilbur-Ellis, NAS will operate as a new business division, alongside the company’s other core businesses – Agribusiness, Nutrition and Connell.
NAS will be led by its current President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Barnes, who will report to Wilbur-Ellis President and Chief Executive Officer John Buckley. NAS’ products will continue to be sold under its signature brands, including NACHURS and ALPINE liquid fertilizers in the U.S. and Canada, and Nachurs Alpine Solutions Industrial (NASi) products in the transportation, mining, energy and industrial chemicals markets.
“NAS is a great strategic fit for Wilbur-Ellis,” said Buckley. “It supports our One Wilbur-Ellis strategy, which promotes collaboration and leveraging our resources, experiences and knowledge across our businesses to add value and better serve customers.” For example, as an industry leader in precision agriculture, NAS has built strong brands and long-term relationships with customers and suppliers. This creates value and supports Wilbur-Ellis’ Agribusiness division, a recognized leader in precision agriculture technology and the distribution and marketing of crop protection, seed and nutritional products.
In its liquid fertilizer business, NAS was one of the first companies to adopt the 4R Nutrient Stewardship philosophy, which promotes the right product being applied at the right rate in the right place at the right time. This approach increases product effectiveness and efficiency, allowing growers to increase yields while using less fertilizer and reducing the environmental impact of their operations.
“At NAS, our business is built on quality, integrity and innovation,” said Barnes. “So, we’re proud to be joining Wilbur-Ellis, a company that supports those values, has an unwavering commitment to safety, and is dedicated to serving customers.”
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