Wilbur-Ellis Co. will purchase the assets of Ripon Farm Service, LLC in Ripon, Calif. The transaction is expected to close by Dec. 31. Ripon's operations will integrate with Wilbur-Ellis's Manteca and Hughson, Calif., branches.

John P. Thacher, Wilbur-Ellis president says, “Ripon is a major retailer and an important provider with an excellent reputation for delivering high-level service to farming operations in the Central San Joaquin Valley.

“Joining our two operations in this geography will provide our customers with the best available technology, while continuing our strategic goal of acquiring successful organizations and integrating them into our existing business.”

Ripon managing partner Bud Den Ouden says, “Wilbur-Ellis is a well-respected national market participant and its considerable resources will enhance our customer offering, while at the same time allow us to continue the high level of customer service that has been a hallmark of our business. Consolidation is part of the natural evolution of our industry and we are excited about becoming part of Wilbur-Ellis.”