New Agribusiness Division Office is Part of Strategic Plan for Industry Change
DENVER – January 19, 2015 – Wilbur-Ellis Company continues its investment for the future with the opening of its new Agribusiness Division location in the Denver Metro Area. The new facility will host key personnel, including executive leadership and key support team leads, as the company shifts the base of its Agribusiness operations from California to Colorado.
In the new facility, employees will have access to multiple meeting and training spaces, creating a central location for increased communication, collaboration, and ideation among the division’s employees.
"By working with Wilbur-Ellis Company, we were able to illustrate the many assets Aurora and Arapahoe County have to offer to its Agribusiness Division," stated Wendy Mitchell, president and CEO of the Aurora Economic Development Council. "Our central location and proximity to Denver International Airport, in addition to our skilled workforce were important factors in the company's decision to relocate."
Alignment for Growth
The relocation is part of the business’s multi-faceted Alignment for Growth plan announced this past summer. The agribusiness industry is experiencing a host of changes that will continue to develop over the next several years. These changes range from volatile markets and more retirements to new innovations and technologies and unpredictable weather, as well as other world-wide influences.
“The move to Colorado puts the Agribusiness Division in the middle of our entire operating area, closer to our branch locations and to our customers,” said Dan Vradenburg, president of the Agribusiness Division. “The new facility will make it easier for employees to connect with one another and with our customers – all of whom are critical to our success.”
Alignment for Growth allows Wilbur-Ellis to combat the changing industry conditions while also meeting customer demands, and accelerating professional and organization growth within the company. The Agribusiness Division is a $2.1 billion dollar business, with more than 2800 employees serving customers in over 250 crop segments across the U.S.
As part of Alignment for Growth, the company has realigned a number of positions around its functional support areas, as well as within its five regions.
The Wilbur-Ellis corporate headquarters remains in California, and the Agribusiness Division will continue to operate its more than 175 branch locations across the U.S.