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Sanders Acquires Stuttgart Seed Company in Stuttgart, AR

Monday, January 10, 2011 - Stuttgart, AR

Jimmy Sanders, Inc., the Mid-South's largest locally and family owned agricultural input supplier has successfully acquired Stuttgart Seed Company in Stuttgart, Arkansas. Stuttgart Seed has been providing high quality seed products for over fifteen years. The acquisition marks the culmination of a profitable partnership that began in 2005, when Sanders and Stuttgart Seed partnered to promote customer access to the Stuttgart Seed brand. "The owners and employees of Stuttgart Seed Company are very pleased with the recent purchase of our company by Jimmy Sanders, Inc.," said Roy (Bud) McCollum, board member and spokesperson for Stuttgart Seed Company. "We have enjoyed a very good working relationship with Jack Coleman and his staff at Sanders over the past five years. I feel very confident that the farmers we have served will receive the same efficient, competitive and timely service that they are accustomed to from both of these fine companies." The current employees of Stuttgart Seed Company will retain their positions under the new Sanders ownership. The acquisition expands Sanders’ capacity to produce and sell a proprietary rice seed product throughout one of the largest rice production markets in the world.

Jack Coleman, Location Manager for Sanders in Stuttgart commented, “We have an excellent grower base here in Stuttgart, and the staff of this location is looking forward to taking what was started and well stewarded by our local grower community to the next level”.  Cam Smith, Sanders’ Regional Business Director for Arkansas, says, “The purchase of Stuttgart Seed shows Sanders’ commitment to rice seed production, but more importantly, our commitment to the local communities of Arkansas, where we appreciate the relationships we have and the support we get from our grower customers.” Tommy Jumper, Sanders’ Vice President of Seed Strategy and Manufacturing, adds, “Sanders is a locally and family owned and operated business. Companywide, we hold a strong belief in making sure that the growers and the communities that we serve benefit from our presence. We commend Stuttgart Seed for their excellent work, and we aim to make a significant investment to ensure a dependable supply of the best quality seeds for Sanders’ customers.” Jimmy Sanders, Inc. has been committed to the supply of the highest quality seed since its inception in 1953. With this acquisition, Sanders is now involved in seed production and manufacturing in four states in the Mid-South, across rice, soybeans, oats, wheat and wildlife food products (the latter through its proprietary brand, Wildwood Genetics®). In addition to seed production and sales, the company also provides agricultural chemical distribution, bulk handling of fertilizer, variable rate technology and other agronomic services. 

Sanders is headquartered in Cleveland, Mississippi, and currently services Mid-South growers through 62 retail locations across Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama and Georgia.