November 14, 2019


Wilbur-Ellis Nutrition acquires US feed company


US-based Wilbur-Ellis Nutrition, LLC, a leading supplier of nutrients to the livestock, pet food and aquaculture industries, announced in a press release the acquisition of the assets of Rangen, Inc., a privately-held, 90-plus year-old aquaculture and general feed production company with production facilities in Buhl, Idaho, and Angleton, Texas.


"Rangen is a strategic fit for Nutrition. It significantly expands our aquaculture business, immediately giving Wilbur-Ellis a nationwide platform from which to expand in one of the fastest-growing markets in the global feed industry," Andrew Loder, president of the Nutrition division of Wilbur-Ellis said. "The acquisition also benefits the Company's livestock, pet and companion animal offerings by expanding our branded and custom-formulated feed options. We have been very impressed by the focus of Rangen employees on innovation, and their laser focus on helping customers succeed."


The aquaculture business includes the production of high-quality fish feed, including trout, salmon and shrimp.


Rangen employs about 80 full-time employees at its headquarters and plant operations. The acquisition includes two plants in Buhl, Idaho, which manufacture aquaculture and general feed products, as well as an aquaculture feed plant in Angleton, Texas.


Rangen employees will join Wilbur-Ellis, continuing in their roles at their current locations. "Our Nutrition division has been an industry leader for nearly a century," said Wilbur-Ellis president and chief executive officer John Buckley. "Through our diverse product lines, excellent service and innovation, we have positioned ourselves to be the provider of choice for customers and suppliers. As Rangen becomes a trusted brand of Wilbur-Ellis, we're taking the next step in growing the Nutrition business with value-added products and services in diversified end markets."