Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings acquires three retailers
The new Sanders location will remain at 2701 West Main Street, Blytheville, Arkansas, and will be managed by Michael White, who has been with Craft Commission since 1989. Former owner, Rupert Martin “Buzz” Crafton, will remain on staff as a consultant and customer liaison, and all other employees of Crafton Commission will retain their current positions.
Crafton Commission was founded in 1957 by Rupert and Elizabeth Crafton, offering farm supply products to Mississippi County growers. In 1958, their son, Rupert Martin "Buzz" Crafton, returned from active military duty and joined his parents in the family business. The business flourished under their leadership and was incorporated in 1974 as they continued to provide seed, fertilizer, and farm chemicals to growers up and down the Mississippi River. Michael White joined the business in 1989, bringing with him a seventeen years of experience in crop scouting and consulting with the Cooperative Extension Service.
Michael White said, "This is a win-win for everyone involved. Our long-time customers and employees will benefit from the additional resources and tools that Pinnacle and Sanders bring. Pinnacle and Sanders will benefit from the addition of a great customer base and staff that have served those customers faithfully for so many years. We are excited to associate our reputation and business with an equally respected company like Pinnacle."
“Pinnacle and Sanders are very pleased with the recent acquisition of this well-established, respected business, and we are excited about its staff joining our team,” said Will Elkins, Sanders area operations manager. “We look forward to continuing the excellent service that Michael White and the Crafton family have provided area farmers for over half a century.”
Darby Warehouse will operate as part of Pinnacle's Sanders brand. Located in Arnaudville, La., Darby Warehouse is a farm input, fertilizer and supply company that has been serving area growers for more than 50 years.
The new Sanders location will remain at 124 Canal Street, Arnaudville, Louisiana, and will be managed by David Lanclos, Ph.D. Prior to joining Sanders in August 2013, Lanclos served for more than six years as the state’s Soybean, Corn and Grain Sorghum Specialist for the LSU AgCenter, followed by serving as the Syngenta Tech Service Representative for the South Delta District.
“I am ecstatic to be back in south Louisiana doing what I love to do on a daily basis,” said Lanclos. “This new alliance with Pinnacle and Sanders will make us more efficient and more competitive, ultimately benefiting our customer base. I am excited to have such a strong team working with me. We have great brand recognition and will be able to offer value-added services such as Optigro system that contribute to our customers’ success.”
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