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Brandt enters golf business with Parkway purchase

Brandt enters golf business with Parkway purchase

Overbeck, Andrew

HOUSTON – Parkway Research has been purchased by Midwestern agricultural fertilizer manufacturer Brandt Consolidated, adding to that company’s growing presence in the green industry. Brandt, which operates 11 liquid fertilizer and micronutrient plants in Illinois, also bought Florida-based Agra Chem in July.

“Agra Chem produces fertilizer and chemicals for the citrus business in Florida, and Parkway fills in the gaps giving Brandt access to the turf and ornamental and lawn and garden markets,” said Ray Kimmel, former Parkway president.

Parkway will become a part of Brandt’s Clawel Specialty Products division, but will continue to operate out of Houston and Kimmel will remain on board as the general manager of Parkway. Clawel will now offer micronutrients, specialty chemicals and adjuvants to the commercial agriculture, turf, horticulture and lawn and garden markets

“This is a pretty exciting time around here,” said Kimmel. “We will have broader product lines and more access to technology. There is a lot of new technology on the horizon, and we expect to announce new releases over the next several months.”

In addition to a full line of fertilizers, wetting agents and colorants and indicators, Parkway also makes specialty turf products such as Consan fungicide and NeoTec bionematicide.

Kimmel expects the company to continue to thrive in the golf market.

“Our prime market is golf,” he said. “We have a highly specialized product line designed to fill certain niches. We don’t sell generic products, so as a result we have remained healthier than most.”

– Andrew Overbeck

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