Richardson Pioneer is acquiring Webb’s Crop Services Ltd. in Vermilion, Alberta and Agro Guys Inc. near Forestburg, Alberta. Both businesses are independent, full-service retail crop inputs centers that provide local customers with seed, fertilizer and crop protection products. The acquisitions will close on Aug. 31 and employees will join the Richardson Pioneer team on Sept. 1.
“Both businesses have been key service providers in their markets,” said Tom Hamilton, vice-president of agribusiness operations at Richardson. “We look forward to establishing a presence in these communities by working with local farmers to provide them with leading products and technologies, year-round support through our CropWatch agronomy team and Richardson Pioneer’s best-in-class service.”
While these two new locations will provide customers with crop inputs products and services in their local area, producers also will have access to grain handling and merchandising support through Richardson Pioneer’s Ag Business Centres in Lamont, Lavoy and Legacy Junction in Alberta and Marshall in Saskatchewan.
These Alberta locations are the latest additions to Richardson Pioneer’s expanding network of retail crop input centers across the Prairies. Richardson acquired Crop First Agro in Grenfell, Saskatchewan in January and it is also expanding its network through new builds. Richardson Pioneer recently opened a new crop inputs location in Elrose, Saskatchewan, and construction will be completed on a facility in Pasqua, Saskatchewan, later this fall. Next spring, Richardson Pioneer will open another new crop inputs center near Wakaw, Saskatchewan.
“We are focused on aggressively growing our retail crop inputs network across the Prairies,” Hamilton said. “Whether through acquisition, building new or enhancing our existing facilities, we will continue to pursue opportunities to expand our Richardson Pioneer network and offer our services to more customers in strategic locations.”
Richardson Pioneer is a division of Richardson International Ltd., a Canadian agribusiness. Richardson is a worldwide handler and merchandiser of Canadian-grown grains and oilseeds and a vertically-integrated processor and manufacturer of oats and canola-based products. Richardson has over 2,500 employees across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.