M&A: W.S. Connelly, Tenbarge Seed combine forces

M&A: W.S. Connelly, Tenbarge Seed combine forces

The merging industry leaders will begin business integration in December.

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W.S. Connelly & Company and Tenbarge Seed, providers of seed, fertilizer, erosion control and plant protection solutions, announced a merger Friday. The companies will begin integrating business operations in December, though both companies will maintain their brand equity in the marketplace.

“We celebrate this new milestone today as we join these two independently-owned companies,” W.S. Connelly vice president Kevin Connelly said. “Our family businesses have worked together for over 20 years. Our teams have trained together. Our executives have served on boards together. We purchase from one another. Combining the commitment we have for our staff and the passion we share for our customers is what will make this partnership successful.

“Simply put, we are formally merging two incredible family businesses that have been in partnership for over 20 years.”

Tenbarge Seed has provided T&O solutions for more than 80 years and become a well-known name in the golf, lawn care and sports turf industries — most recently under the leadership of owner Chad Will, who has helped bring back the locally-owned and -operated supply house.

By merging with W.S. Connelly, Tenbarge See will continue to operate independently, yet will draw on decades of experience to push the boundaries of service, innovation and customer-focused solutions.

“Our obsession with customer service led us to look for additional partners in the industry,” Will said. “W.S. Connelly is a natural fit for (us) to continue our path toward growth and customer-focused solutions. Partnering with another family business allows our customers and staff to have access to broader opportunities. Combining our business strengths will provide our customers a one-stop shop with over seven acres of warehouse space and a family of team members passionately focused on earning our customer’s trust.”