Nov. 22, 2010
Koch Fertilizer announced it will market plant nutrition products for Georgia-Pacific Chemicals LLC after reaching an agreement in principle. Under the proposed agreement, a new subsidiary of Koch Fertilizer, LLC, Koch Agronomic Services, LLC, will market the Nitamin(R) and Nitamin Nfusion(R) lines of slow-release foliar- and soilapplied nitrogen. Georgia-Pacific Chemicals will continue to manufacture the products and will continue to provide technical support, research and development for the product line.
"The creation of Koch Agronomic Services underscores our goal to expand our capabilities to provide efficient crop fertilizer solutions and value to growers who are looking to maximize their return on crop input expenses," said Steve Packebush, president of Koch Fertilizer. Koch Fertilizer and its affiliates are collectively one of the worlds largest marketers of nitrogen fertilizers.
"Current Nitamin users will receive the same innovative, quality products from the same manufacturing sources as today," said Rick Urschel, president of Georgia-Pacific Chemicals. "With this new proposed arrangement, distributors and other customers will obtain access to a broader line of agronomic solutions from Koch Fertilizer, while retaining access to new products that can enhance crop yield cost-effectively from the Georgia-Pacific Chemicals R&D team."
Tom Snipes, currently plant nutrition business manager for Georgia-Pacific Chemicals, will become the new business manager for Nitamin and Nitamin Nfusion products at Koch Agronomic Services. He will continue to coordinate sales of the Nitamin product line.
"Koch Fertilizers capabilities make this a tremendous opportunity to extend the reach of Nitamin brand fertilizers to more markets in the U.S. and Canada," Snipes said. "We plan to capitalize on the agronomic services platform to bring current and future advanced crop production technologies and enhanced value to our customers." Nitamin and Nitamin Nfusion products provide growers and turf professionals with safe and efficient slow-release nitrogen. The soil-applied and foliar products in the Nitamin portfolio are customizable to a variety of soil conditions to aid in matching nitrogen availability to the crops nutrient uptake demand. This enhances the plants potential and, ultimately, favorably impacts crop yield, quality and protection.