Land O’Lakes, Inc. and United Suppliers
Complete First Step of Merger
Merger of the two companies’ seed and crop protection businesses has closed
ARDEN HILLS, MN and AMES, IA (10/8/2015) – Land O’Lakes, Inc. and
United Suppliers, Inc.’s seed and crop protection businesses are now
merged. The new entity will do business as Winfield US. The member-owners
of both organizations overwhelmingly approved the merger in August,
setting the stage for the close.
Under the merger, which was announced in June, Ames, Iowa-based United
Suppliers, Inc. will join Arden Hills, Minnesota-based Land O’Lakes,
Inc.’s crop inputs business. A second step will merge the crop nutrient
As we launch Winfield US, our shared mission remains the same
as it’s always been—to enhance our owners’ capabilities and help them
compete,” said Chris Policinski, president and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc.
and chairman of the combined business’ board. “We are merging because we’re
focused on our owners’ future. By coming together, we now offer the full
range of solutions to help independently owned and controlled agricultural
retailers compete and win in an environment of growing national retail
The merger builds on the recent successes of the two companies and aims
to support a competitive system of independent agricultural retailers.
Customers are expected to benefit in a number of ways, from the advantages
the combined organization’s size and scale provide in negotiating to expanded
product offerings, enhanced decision agriculture tools and technologies,
improved product insights and more. The merged organization will continue
to approach and serve customers to meet their needs and help them succeed as
independent agricultural operations in an environment of consolidation.
In 2014, WinField had $4.9 billion in seed and crop protection product
sales, and United Suppliers had $2.6 billion in crop protection, seed and
crop nutrient sales.