Two Indiana independent seed companies are merging, forging a powerful presence and sustainable future for their customers across Indiana. McKillip Seeds of Wabash and AgVenture Adler Seeds of Lafayette will join together in a single company under the AgVenture McKillip Seeds name. AgVenture Business Development Manager, Chuck Schneider said, “Each of these companies is an icon in Indiana and in the seed industry. The combined heritage, experience and wisdom of these two entities is impressive and notable. Their joining together punctuates their commitment to providing their customers with the best seed products and service available.”
McKillip Seeds was established in 1934 and Adler Seed Company launched in 1937. Each company has maintained their family owned and operated seed companies successfully for these many decades. Now, working together, the new operation will expand its reach, strengthen the sales team, and expand product offerings to customers across Indiana.
“We are very proud to take this step,” said John Adler, son of Adler Seed’s founder, Howard Adler. “It means positive growth and sustained longevity for our companies and our customers. We’ve worked with many of our customers throughout the years and generations. As AgVenture McKillip Seeds, we maintain our independence and at the same time, are able to bring them the latest seed genetics and technology combinations that are specifically adapted to their farms and fields. My father started the company with that purpose at the core. As AgVenture McKillip Seeds, we are set for positive growth.”
Mike McKillip said, “We are very pleased to work together. We know and respect what it takes to work as a family seed business. We currently have nine family members working as partners in our business as third and fourth generation descendants of my grandfather Alvin who started our company. The Adler family brings the same integrity and dedication to its customers as we do and we’re proud to work together for the many generations to come.”
Mitch Snyder, AgVenture McKillip marketing manager said, “Specifically, working together allows us to enhance the products and the services. We will provide our customers even broader access to top-performing hybrids and varieties, more flexibility on treatment options and the access to year-round support from our combined sales teams.”’
According to Kyle Mandeville, partner in Adler Seeds, “The business will be headquartered at the Wabash facilities. Our Adler sales staff will maintain their presence and connection with local customers in the west central part of the state. The transition is very smooth. It reinforces the decision to join together.”
In addition, the new relationship means AgVenture McKillip Seeds will expand the reach of its Maximum Profit System™ (MPS) across Indiana. MPS is an intensive education initiative and systematic approach to increasing bushels produced per acre, lowering cost per bushel and maximizing yield on every acre.
AgVenture, Inc. is the nation’s largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. Based in Kentland, Indiana, AgVenture provides this growing network of independently owned and managed seed business owners with seed products meeting exacting standards for quality, together with leading-edge genetics and technology. Since 1983, this unique marketing approach has allowed each individual company to match the hybrids it sells to the specific needs of the geographical area it serves. Combined with professional seed representation at a local level, AgVenture strives to help every grower realize more profit from every field.
Source: Ag Venture