History

Rob Stenson started his first company at the age of nineteen, later earning his MBA from Western University. In 1995, he joined his brother Art Stenson’s company, Batco Manufacturing (Batco), in Swift Current, as Vice President. Gary Anderson joined Batco as G.M. and in 1996, with sales growing, they established Ag Growth Industries – now, Ag Growth International (AGI) – as a holding company. In 1998, AGI acquired Wheatheart Manufacturing, a Saskatoon based manufacturer of speciality agricultural products.

Looking to expand the company, AGI approached Westfield Industries (Westfield), an established leader in grain auger manufacturing. Westfield was acquired in May 2000, and offered AGI access to an extensive dealer network, substantial manufacturing capabilities and the strength of a widely recognized and respected brand name.

AGI issued an Initial Public Offering in May 2004. In the six years following incorporation, AGI adhered to its strategy of growth through catalogue expansion and geographic diversification with the purchases of Edwards Group (Grain Guard, Keho), Hi Roller®, Twister and Union Iron.
Near the end of 2010, Tramco of Wichita, Kansas joined AGI. Shortly followed by Airlanco in October 2011 and in February 2014, the REM GrainVac product line was acquired.

In May 2015, AGI completed the largest acquisition in the company’s history with Westeel. This acquisition solidified AGI’s market leading platform to deliver unparalleled service and the broadest product catalogue in markets close to home.

The addition of PTM Technology and FRAME through the Westeel acquisition fulfilled a continued goal of the company to expand through offshore opportunities in international markets.

Nearing the end of 2015, AGI made two significant announcements. The first, President & CEO, Gary Anderson announced his retirement and the appointment of Tim Close as his successor. 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.

Tim joined AGI in 2012 as Vice President, Strategic Development and was promoted to President in March 2015. He has been integral to a number of key strategic initiatives including the company’s entry into Brazil and the acquisition of Westeel.

During this time, AGI entered the fertilizer sector through their acquisition of VIS. The addition of fertilizer to AGI’s product catalogue represents a new and significant opportunity. The fertilizer sector has complementary demand characteristics when combined with our grain businesses and brings diversification and risk mitigation while expanding services to many existing customers.

In early 2016, AGI was hard at work to continue its growth and finally entered Brazil in a meaningful way through the acquisition of Entringer S.A. This addition has allowed AGI to meet the grain processing market with solutions tailored to their specific market.

Following the Entringer acquisition, AGI made an additional acquisition to add to their growing fertilizer platform with NuVision Industries. This deal extended AGI’s services and capabilities and allows for turnkey fertilizer facilities.

During the beginning of Q3, Mitchell Mill Systems (MMS) was acquired by AGI. MMS specializes in the manufacturing of feed, grain, pet food, fertilizer, seed cleaning and industrial facilities. In addition to this, Mitchell fabricates its own line of material handling equipment and speciality systems.

Ending the year on a high note, AGI closed the acquisition of Yargus. Based in Marshall, Illinois, Yargus is known for producing custom blending and equipment for industrial and fertilizer applications in a variety of capacities. Sold under the brand name, Layco, their product line includes premium batch blending and material handling for dry materials including declining weight systems, tapered vertical blenders, rotary drum blenders, towers, bucket elevators and multiple conveying options.

As 2017 gets underway, AGI continually strives to be the global market leader in grain handling, conditioning and storage equipment, measured foremost by productivity. This vision is supported by the top quality division and an ongoing commitment to agriculture and growth.

Batco

was established in 1992. Currently Batco’s 100 employees, in approximately 114,000 sq. ft. of production facilities, produce an extensive line of portable conveyors and related accessories used in storage and handling of seed, grain and fertilizer.
www.batcomfg.com

Westfield

sold its first augers in 1950. Today, operating out of Rosenort, MB with a 183,000 sq. ft. facility, Westfield is the leading North American manufacturer of portable grain augers. Westfield was acquired by AGI in 2000.
www.grainaugers.com

Hi Roller®

manufactures a line of premier commercial enclosed, dust-tight and self-reloading conveyors, designed for installation in grain handling facilities, soy and corn processing operations and industrial operations. Founded in 1982, Hi Roller® was acquired in December of 2006 by AGI.
www.hiroller.com

Union Iron

manufacturers grain handling and storage solutions for use in commercial and large-farm markets, including: conveyors, temporary storage systems and structural equipment. Founded in 1852 and based in Decatur, Illinois, Union Iron was acquired in 2007 by AGI.
www.unioniron.com

Airlanco

manufactures custom aeration, dust control and filtration solutions. Founded in 2000 and based in Falls City, Nebraska, AIRLANCO was acquired in 2011 by AGI.
www.airlanco.com

Westeel 

Westeel has offered quality steel storage systems for over a century. Westeel’s comprehensive catalogue of products includes on-farm and commercial grain handling and storage solutions for today’s agricultural industry, as well as storage and containment systems to meet the needs of the petroleum, water and industrial sectors. Westeel has sales and engineering offices in Canada, the United States, Spain, Italy and India and manufacturing facilities in Canada and Italy. The company exports its products across all continents. Westeel was acquired by AGI on May 20, 2015.
www.westeel.com

Frame

acquired by AGI in 2015, FRAME is one of Europe's leading designers and manufacturers of agricultural steel silos including, round and rectangular hoppers, sweep and discharge augers, mechanical handling equipment ranging from chain and flight conveyors to bucket elevators, cleaning, drying and other equipment associated with both commercial and cereal storage systems.
www.framespa.com

Entringer

established in 1988 and acquired by AGI in 2016, this Brazil based company is a leading manufacturer of grain storage, handling and conditioning equipment. Specifically, manufacturing grain bins, bucket elevators, dryers and cleaners. Entringer differentiates itself by providing cutting edge products and service that ensure quality and safety.
www.entringer.com.br

Mitchell Mill Systems


Founded in 1978, Mitchell Mill Systems manufactures equipment for use in feed, grain, pet food, fish food, fertilizer, seed cleaning and industrial facilities. Additionally, Mitchell fabricates its own line of material handling equipment and specialty systems using light and heavy gauge, mild and stainless steel materials.
www.mitchellmillsystems.com

Wheatheart

was established in 1973, and is a market leader in the Western Canadian grain handling and fencing equipment markets with a rapidly growing market presence in the U.S. and other fencing and grain markets around the world. Wheatheart was acquired by AGI in 1998.
www.wheatheart.com

Grain guard | Keho

manufacture aeration, bins and conditioning equipment. Established in 1991, Grain Guard and Keho was acquired by AGI in 2005 and today operates out of a new, state-of-the-art 180,000 sq. ft. facility in Nobleford, Alberta.
www.grainguard.ca | www.keho.ca

Twister

is a leading manufacturer of corrugated steel flat and hopper bottom bins with sales in Canada and an increasing international market presence. Established in 1976, Twister was acquired in 2007 by AGI. Twister is located in Alberta with Grain Guard and Keho.
www.twister.ca

Tramco

was founded in 1967 in Wichita, Kansas and expanded into the European market with a manufacturing facility based in Hull, UK. TRAMCO manufactures bulk material handling equipment such a heavy-duty conveyors and bucket elevators, primarily for the grain and oilseed processing industry. TRAMCO and TRAMCO Europe were acquired by AGI on December 21, 2010.
www.tramcoinc.com | www.tramcoeurope.com

REM 

is an industry leading manufacturer of grain vacs. Established in 1966, REM was acquired by AGI in 2014 and now operates out of the 114,000 sq. ft. Swift Current, Saskatchewan facility, also home to Batco Manufacturing. 
www.grainvac.com

PTM

based in Italy, PTM Technology is a leader in the design and
manufacturing of grain handling equipment, including chain and belt
conveyors, bucket elevators and filters for intake pits. PTM’s engineered
designs can be customized to specific projects and their highly
qualified engineers have the ability to incorporate its systems into
existing project layouts. PTM was acquired by AGI in 2015.
www.ptmtechnology.com

VIS

manufactures bulk storage and material handling solutions for the feed, fertilizer and grain handling industries. VIS’s product line includes overhead bin systems, bucket elevators, drag, belt and screw conveyors, distributors, gates and diverter valves.  VIS works together with their clients on system design to determine the best selection of equipment for their application. VIS was acquired by AGI in late 2015.
www.gjvisent.ca

NuVision

based in Western Canada and acquired by AGI in 2016, NuVision is recognized as a leader in designing and building complete turnkey fertilizer plant material handling facilities. NuVision's industrial services and design include efficient custom fabrication and steel services, CAD design services and CNC machining.
www.nuvisionind.com

Yargus

Founded in 1968, Yargus Manufacturing Inc., based out of Marshall, Illinois, USA, produces custom blending and conveying equipment for industrial and fertilizer applications in a variety of capacities. Yargus equipment line include premium batch blending and material handling for dry materials including declining weight systems, tapered vertical blenders, rotary drum blenders, towers, bucket elevators, and multiple conveying options. The Yargus in-house automation and engineering team are continually updating its extensive product line in order to meet the needs of the industry internationally.
www.yargus.com