MAUMEE, OHIO, U.S. — The Andersons, Inc. announced on Nov. 17 that it plans to combine the Turf & Specialty and Plant Nutrient groups into a yet to be named combined operating group.

"The Turf & Specialty and Plant Nutrient groups have become closely aligned in the customers they serve, the products and services they offer, the manner in which they operate and in their growth strategies," said Chief Operating Officer Hal Reed. "We believe the two groups are stronger together than separate. This move offers additional growth opportunities, enhances profitability and, most importantly, takes our customer service to the next level."

Leading the combined group will be Bill Wolf, who currently serves as the president of the Plant Nutrient Group. Tom Waggoner, currently the president of the Turf & Specialty Group, will assume a new role as corporate vice-president, marketing and operations services.

With leadership changes expected to occur at the first of the year, full integration, and subsequent reporting changes, will occur later in 2015.