Wilbur-Ellis, a leading international marketer and distributor of agricultural products, animal nutrients, and specialty chemicals and ingredients, announced the acquisition of Nachurs Alpine Solutions (NAS), a specialty liquid chemical manufacturer serving the precision agriculture, transportation, energy, and diversified industrial sectors in North America. 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. 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. Over the past 20 years, NAS has organized into six business units and diversified, providing de-icing and freeze prevention solutions for the transportation and mining industries, as well as fluids for the energy sector. 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, according to a release. "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. Based in San Francisco, Wilbur-Ellis is one of America’s largest private companies, with over $3 billion in revenue, according to Forbes.
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