Brandt, a leading retailer of professional agronomic services in Illinois, announced that it has acquired a retail agronomy location in Waverly, Ill. Founded in 2004, Lemon Ag Services, Inc. will become part of the Brandt organization, strengthening the company’s commitment to Central Illinois.
“As a family company, we welcome the Lemon Ag employees to the Brandt family,” said Rick Brandt, CEO and president of Brandt. “With the caliber of people who are joining us, we will truly be a stronger company with our combined resources.”
The acquisition of Lemon Ag fits Brandt’s aggressive corporate strategy of providing superior agronomic advice and services for customers in central Illinois. The combined company has 25 retail locations throughout central Illinois, serving over one million acres of production farmland. Brandt offers a broad range of products and services, including plant nutrients, crop protection products, precision Ag, seeds and custom application.
“Lemon Ag comes to us with a 10-year reputation of impeccable service,” continued Brandt, “Lemon has always been a customer-driven company with high-integrity employees who thrive when faced with big goals. That’s exactly what we look for as we continue to expand.”
Lemon Ag will be integrated into Brandt’s Retail Agronomy division, under the leadership of Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President, Tim McArdle.
“I could not be more thrilled about this opportunity,” said McArdle. “It’s truly an honor to join forces with Mike and Janie Lemon and to carry on their commitment to their customers. Our goal is to keep that going. We will embrace all the Lemon employees to continue to do the excellent work our customers deserve.”
Mike Lemon, founder of Lemon Ag Services, will remain with Brandt as the plant manager, providing strategic operations management and key account leadership.
“This is a great day for Lemon Ag,” said Lemon, “I am incredibly proud of what we accomplished in ten years. But for us to take our customer services to the next level, we need to align ourselves with Brandt, a company that has the resources, similar values and has a high level of customer commitment. I am excited about our future together. ”
“This is an important strategic move for Brandt,” said Rick Brandt. “I want to welcome Mike Lemon and all his employees to the Brandt Team and I want to thank Mike for having faith in our vision to take his business forward. I am confident that our combined company is positioned to thrive and grow into the future.”