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BRANDT is proud to be known as one of the fastest-growing, family-owned companies in the United States. Since 1953, the Brandt family and their employees have remained true to a philosophy planted deep in the company’s midwestern roots and forged by an American spirit that focuses on a commitment to quality people and quality products.
Whether you grow soybeans or sugar cane, corn or cotton, or pomegranates and pineapple, BRANDT is focused on helping you take control of your bottom line. With more than 250 products, BRANDT is preferred by farmers who grow everything from row crops to fruit to vegetables to turf and ornamentals. BRANDT products are sold in 49 U.S. states and in over 40 countries.
BRANDT offers the products, knowledge and customer service to help make its business partners successful at home and around the world. By taking care of its customers, near and far, BRANDT helps families, farms and communities ensure a safe, secure supply of fiber, fuel and food.
From small-town beginnings to worldwide markets
For more than 60 years, BRANDT has been helping growers become more profitable. The company’s straightforward approach to doing business worked in 1953 when Glen Brandt and his sister, Evelyn Brandt Thomas, founded the company, and it works today. Their belief in innovation, honesty and first-class customer service was a help to local farmers, many of whom were their neighbors, in their hometown of Pleasant Plains, Illinois. That same philosophy, first learned on the family farm, continues today in a thriving business that helps bring success to farmers around the world.
For BRANDT, it all starts with family — first it was a brother and sister — and it’s still that way today as Glen’s son, Rick Brandt, leads the company and its 400+ employees in bringing the latest advances in technology and proprietary products to markets across the globe.
A corporate strategy to embrace growth
The BRANDT strategy is an entrepreneurial, long-term approach that begins with the human element by finding, hiring and retaining the best intellectual talent — simply put, good people make good companies. Continuing to provide superior products to a domestic and worldwide customer base is an integral part of the strategic plan. Aggressive expansion of the business through acquisitions and the development of new products remain vital to the long-term strategy for growth and profitability.
Serving global customers through international expansion has become increasingly important for BRANDT. BRANDT’s first international business was a joint venture with Fertinyect, S.A. headquartered in Cordoba, Spain, in 2014 for tree injection products. In 2015, BRANDT purchased Target Brasil Fertilizantes Ltda in Brazil, providing the company with its first off-shore manufacturing and a domestic sales force in Brazil. And in 2016, BRANDT made its most significant international acquisition, purchasing the assets of Tratamientos Guadalquivir S.A. (TRAGUSA) in Carmona, Spain.
The TRAGUSA acquisition gave BRANDT manufacturing capacity in Europe, plus access to new markets and new products. Founded in 1988, BRANDT EUROPE manufactures products for agriculture, greenhouse and lawn & garden growers. With a particular strength in crop protection products, the company manufactures and distributes a wide range of chemistries for crop protection, plant nutrition and pest control. BRANDT EUROPE products are distributed primarily in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.