History

AGI was established in 1996 by Rob Stenson, Art Stenson and Gary Anderson. These three founders saw a tremendous future in the short line agricultural equipment sector and set the company on its path to today. Their collective wisdom, values and entrepreneurial spirit are deeply imbued across the enterprise and continue to fuel our success today.  

From 1996 to 2004 the founders expanded the business successfully and acquired both Wheatheart Manufacturing, a Saskatoon based manufacturer of speciality agricultural products and Westfield Industries, an established leader in grain auger manufacturing. These acquisitions offered AGI access to an extensive dealer network, substantial manufacturing capabilities and the strength of widely recognized and respected brand names.

AGI issued an Initial Public Offering in May 2004 and over the following six years continued to grow, diversify geographically and expand its portfolio of respected brands through the purchases of Edwards Group (Grain Guard, Keho), Hi Roller®, Twister and Union Iron.

In addition to several other strategic acquisitions, further rounding out AGI’s product portfolio, in May 2015, AGI completed the largest acquisition in the company’s history with Westeel. This acquisition solidified AGI’s market leading ability to provide unparalleled service and the broadest product catalogue in markets close to home. Globally, the additions of PTM Technology and FRAME through the Westeel acquisition also fulfilled a continued objective of the company to expand into international markets.

In late 2015, President & CEO, Gary Anderson announced his retirement and the appointment of Tim Close as his successor – the company’s first non-founder CEO. Since AGI’s inception, Gary has been a driving force behind the company’s strategic decisions, the acquisition and integration of fifteen business units, the development of AGI’s people and the company’s ongoing operational performance and improvement. Gary now serves on AGI’s Board of Directors.

Since 2015, Tim Close has led the company and shaped its continued organic growth, geographic expansion and product and market diversification. Tim joined AGI in 2012 as Vice President, Strategic Development and was promoted to President in March 2015 and then to CEO following Gary’s retirement. Tim has been integral to a number of key strategic initiatives including the company’s entry into Brazil, the acquisition of Westeel and AGI’s entry into the fertilizer sector through their acquisition of VIS. 

From 2016, the company has continued to expand and develop its platform capabilities with notable acquisitions in the fertilizer, seed, feed and food sectors. AGI acquired Mitchell Mill Systems (MMS) and Yargus Manufacturing in 2016. In early 2017, AGI completed its second largest acquisition in the company's history with Global Industries. Global Industries has a strong ​platform in the grain handling, conditioning and storage equipment ​markets, through its portfolio of brands including MFS, York, Stormor, Brownie, GTS, Hutchinson, Mayrath, NECO and Sentinel. 

Today, AGI operates across 5 business platforms: Fertilizer, Seed, Grain, Feed and Food. It partners with customers across 6 continents and we deliver systems for farm and commercial applications which include 7 components: Storage, Handling, Structural, Processing, and Controls all based on, and brought together, with Engineering and Project Management.