Wilbur-Ellis Nutrition acquires aquaculture and general feed producer Rangen

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Rangen produces trout, salmon and general feed and has facilities in Buhl, Idaho, and Angleton, Texas, USA.

“We’re excited to welcome another well-established business with a strong industry presence to Wilbur-Ellis Nutrition,” writes Andrew Loder, President of the Nutrition division of Wilbur-Ellis, in a press release.

Founded as a fish-oil supplier in 1921 by Brayton Wilbur, Sr. and Floyd Ellis, multibillion-dollar Wilbur-Ellis markets and distributes agricultural and industrial products such as animal feed, seeds, fertilizer and machinery.

“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,” Loder said. “The acquisition also benefits the company’s livestock, pet and companion animal offerings by expanding our branded and custom-formulated feed options”.

The aquaculture business includes the production of high-quality feed for fish – including trout, salmon amongst others.

PHOTO: Rangan

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 was founded in 1925, with its aquaculture division established in 1950.

“Throughout our history, a major advantage has been the experience, knowledge and customer commitment of Rangen employees. As this business becomes part of Wilbur-Ellis, I know these same strengths will propel the business to even greater growth. That’s good for employees and the customers they serve,” said Rangen President Chris Rangen.