After 58 years in business, Brown Fertilizer & Chemical in Carmi has been sold. Owner Mike Brown confirmed the sale of the Carmi-based agricultural materials business to the Canadian-based agricultural firm Nutrien. “I believe I picked the perfect year to sell the business,” Brown said. “With falling commodity prices and all of the rain this spring, the timing just seemed to be right.”
Brown said the sale to Nutrtien includes all of his facilities, including plants in Carmi, Epworth, Galatia and Ridgway. However, Brown will retain ownership and operation of BF&C Trucking Company as well as Southern Illinois Aerial Maintenance, LLC, the firm's aerial farm application company. Those businesses will continue to be operated by Brown family members.
“I can feel the stress peeling off layer by layer,” Mike Brown said. “The folks at Nutrien have treated me very well. I feel truly blessed.” Brown will continue his role as manager of the local firm as an employee of Nutrien.
Established in 1961 as Brown's Feed Store, the firm started out candling and selling eggs. Corno Feed was added shortly thereafter. The firm then began handling bagged fertilizer. With the advent of pesticides, Mike and father Archie Brown began their full service retail business. Over the years, Brown Fertilizer & Chemical has expanded, left the wholesale arena and added many services.
Based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada, Nutrien is the largest producer of potash and the second largest producer of nitrogen fertilizer in the world. The firm boasts over 1,700 retail outlets in seven countries around the world. The firm is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NTR. Nutrien's U.S. Headquarters are located in Loveland, Colorado.