Jul. 25, 2012
Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers of St. Johns, Mich., says it will build a warehouse, distribution and, eventually, a manufacturing operation in the Fairchild Industrial Park in east San Joaquin County.
The company makes in-house formulated and branded liquid fertilizer products that are sold to cropping operations, both large and small, in over 40 states, Canada, Mexico and Belize.
The total project is 13.4 acres. The first phase will be a building of 14,000 square feet, employing three or four workers. The second phase, anticipated to be implemented within five years is 30,000 square feet.
“The new site in Stockton is a prime location as our sales growth expands on the west coast. We are excited to be a part of the revitalization of the San Joaquin Valley region. farmers and the environment for years to come,” says Troy Bancroft, CEO and president of the family-owned company.
“San Joaquin County is a hub of agricultural activity so it’s a natural that Agro-Culture would choose to locate here,” says Mike Ammann, president and CEO of the San Joaquin Partnership, a non-profit private economic development organization that helped the company pick the Central Valley county for its west coast expansion.
“The gross value of agricultural production in the County for 2010 was nearly $2 billion with more than $25 billion in the other adjoining counties in the San Joaquin Valley,” notes Mr. Ammann.
The Partnership assisted the company, which was represented by broker Tim Pryor of Mid-Cal Industrial Properties (and a San Joaquin Partnership member), with development fee estimates, permitting and habitat fee assistance, incentive information as well as information on local service providers.