Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings acquires three retailers
Darby Warehouse originated in 1962 as Melvin B. “Joe” Darby blended three independent businesses. The independent businesses included Darby Gin, a farm supply business, and a general merchandise store. Founded in 1884 by Joe Darby’s grandfather, Leonce Darby, Sr., Darby Gin processed cotton for local farmers until it closed in 1974. Joe Darby then continued the farm supply side of the business providing seed, fertilizer, and farm chemicals to growers in the St. Landry and St. Martin Parish areas. In the late 1980’s, Joe’s two sons, Joseph and John, returned from college and joined the family business. Upon Joe Darby’s death in April 2011, Joseph and John were named acting co-managers of Darby Warehouse and continued the legacy of helping area growers be productive and successful.
Former owners, Joseph and John Darby, will remain on staff as outside sales representative and operations manager, respectively. All other employees of Darby Warehouse will retain their current positions under the new ownership. Joseph Darby said, "This is an exciting time for our family, and I want to personally and sincerely express our gratitude to all of our employees, farmers and friends that have made our business successful.” John Darby added, “It’s a pleasure to announce our partnership with Pinnacle and Sanders, as we feel certain that our long-time customers and employees will benefit from the additional resources and tools that they bring.”
“Pinnacle and Sanders are very pleased with this acquisition, and we look forward to continuing the excellent service that the Darby family has provided area producers for over half a century,” commented Wayne Hensgens, Sanders area operations manager. “The team that we have assembled in Arnaudville, led by David and the Darby brothers, will offer area growers the latest in agronomic field expertise.”
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