ST. JOSEPH, MISSOURI, U.S. — Wilbur-Ellis Feed, LLC, an industry leader in the international marketing and distribution of nutrients for the livestock, pet food and aquaculture industries, on Oct. 1 announced the acquisition of the assets of Ameri-Pac Inc., a family-owned, value-added manufacturing business focused on animal health and nutrition specialty products for pet food, companion animals, livestock and aquaculture industries.
“We are excited to welcome such an established business with a great reputation in the pet food, companion animal and livestock markets to Wilbur-Ellis,” said Andrew Loder, president of Wilbur-Ellis Feed. “Ameri-Pac is a strategic fit for Wilbur-Ellis that bolsters our offerings of value-added ingredients, excellent service and innovative solutions that maximize returns for our customers and suppliers. And, we’re not only eager to add two premier antioxidant products created and produced by Ameri-Pac, Oxygon and Oxyblock, to our portfolio, but its talented employees to our team as well.”
Ameri-Pac employs 40 people across two separate facilities in the St. Joseph, Missouri, metro area, each specializing in value-added products and services. Wilbur-Ellis Feed plans to keep Ameri-Pac’s business facilities and existing employees in the St. Joseph metro area.
“Wilbur-Ellis Feed has served as an influential industry leader for nearly a century, and the key to our success lies not only in the diversity of our products, but also in our continued commitment to excellent service and innovation,” said John Buckley, chief executive officer of Wilbur-Ellis. “Through our acquisition of Ameri-Pac, we are not only excited to expand our offerings, but also to be one step closer to achieving our goal of being the industry leader for the marketing and distribution for nutritional additives and ingredients for the livestock, pet food and aquaculture industries.”
Reflecting the growth, value and innovation goals outlined in Wilbur-Ellis Feed’s Empower2021 business strategy, the acquisition of Ameri-Pac will both strengthen Wilbur-Ellis Feed’s Midwest presence and expand its premix capacity, the company said.