Source: Lange-Stegmann Company

Lange-Stegmann Sells Bagged Blend Fertilizer Business to T&N Inc.

In a move that will clear the way for the expansion of its bulk "clean urea" business, Lange-Stegmann has agreed to sell its bagged, blended NPK fertilizer business to T&N, Inc. of Foristell, Mo.

Mike Stegmann, president of Lange-Stegmann Co., said the bagged blend fertilizer business was a small part of his company and the sale will allow the focus on bagging only urea-based nitrogen fertilizers for his company and its wholly-owned subsidiary Agrotain International. For T&N, the purchase represents a significant expansion of their blended business.

"Although our company started with bagged fertilizers, we've grown to the point where it now makes more sense for us to focus completely on our bulk and stabilized nitrogen products," Stegmann said. "So we decided to sell the business to our long-time customer, T&N Inc., and we know it will serve their company well. For us, the focus on bagged urea and our departure from the blend business is going to be a major step forward. In terms of quality, efficiency and service, we'll better serve our growing list of customers demanding ultra-clean bagged urea and our totally soluble stabilized nitrogen fertilizers such as Superu, Uflexx and Umaxx."

Seeing a tremendous future value of the technology, Lange-Stegmann acquired the Agrotain portfolio and formed Agrotain International in 2000. Since then, high domestic natural gas prices have pushed most urea production overseas and worldwide demand for nitrogen also increased along with prices. As a result, Agrotain has experienced increasing demand among users who now need to make every pound count. Currently, Agrotain International's products are licensed and sold through more than 70 countries.

Last September, both Lange-Stegmann and Agrotain International launched a new Stabilized Nitrogen Center and St. Louis Urea Center, a combined investment of $20 million. The new facilities represent the first phase-modifying urea manufacturing plant and the first inland urea import terminal in the United States.