OHP, Inc. being acquired by AMVAC Chemical Corporation

September 25, 2017

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September 25, 2017, Bluffton, SC.— OHP, Inc. announced today that it is selling substantially all of its assets to AMVAC Chemical Corporation, Newport Beach, CA. The closing is anticipated to occur in early October.

OHP is a leading supplier of chemical and biological pesticide solutions specifically packaged and labelled for the for the greenhouse and nursery production markets and sold through a network of leading distribution partners throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. OHP was founded in 1988 by Ronald Soldo and has dedicated itself to fulfilling the pest control needs of the production ornamental market. In its 30-year history, OHP has grown to hold a leading position in the greenhouse and nursery pest control market. “After so many years of involvement in this industry, I am confident that AMVAC represents an ideal owner to foster and grow the OHP business well into the future” says Ron Soldo, CEO of OHP, Inc.

OHP will continue to operate as it has in the past and there will be no changes to staff, products, customers or operations. AMVAC will operate the business as a wholly owned subsidiary under the name of OHP, Inc. Dan Stahl will continue on as General Manager reporting directly to Bob Trogele, AMVAC COO.

We are very pleased to now be a part of AMVAC,” says Dan Stahl, GM of OHP. “The cultural fit, resources and business development approach of AMVAC will create tremendous opportunities for growth. I am truly excited to be a part of the AMVAC leadership team and look forward to continuing the future growth of the OHP business,” adds Stahl.

We are extremely excited to have OHP be a part of AMVAC,” says AMVAC COO Bob Trogele. “The reputation and quality of the entire OHP team is remarkable. The entrepreneurial culture, business model and strategy are very similar to the way we operate at AMVAC so it is a great fit. They will continue to operate as they always have in providing a broad range of value-added products and service to commercial greenhouses and nurseries. The leading position OHP has built will be a great complement to our growing turf, ornamental and pest control business,” adds Trogele.

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Vanguard Corporation is a diversified speciality and agricultural products company that develops and markets products for crop protection and management, turf and ornamentals management and public and animal health. American Vanguard is included on the Russell 2000® and Russell 3000® Indexes and the Standard & Poor’s Small Cap 600 Index. To learn more about American Vanguard, please reference the Company’s website at american-vanguard.com.

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OHP biosolutions makes debut in 2017

March 31, 2017

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OHP proudly announces the introduction of “OHP biosolutions” to better serve the greenhouse and nursery market OHP biosolutionsincluding vegetables and herbs.

This new line from OHP will feature products that are specifically designed to address the expanding segment of growers who utilize biological products exclusively or in combination with conventional products.

We see the steady evolution of our industry from one where conventional products were dominant to one where growers are using all available options,” notes Dan Stahl, OHP vice president and general manager. “Our motto has been ‘OHP, your partner with solutions.’ Now, with biosolutions, we’ve broadened our approach to include non-conventional products for the diversity of growers we see today,” adds Stahl.

OHP will soon add insecticides, fungicides, and specialty products that are mostly compatible with vegetable crops and herbs grown in media or in hydroponic situations, notes Stahl. The upcoming biosolutions products from OHP, mainly comprised of reduced risk products, will be compatible with beneficial insects, and pollinators. Most of the products will also be compatible with organic production. Many of the new products will carry short Restricted Entry Intervals (REI) of 4 hours and require minimal Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

With the expanded product offerings, in addition to the current OHP legacy products, OHP solidifies its position as the leading supplier of pest management tools and solutions for the greenhouse and nursery market.

The initial product introductions are scheduled for early 2017.


OHP redesigns popular PGR Calculator App on iTunes®

March 23, 2017

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OHP PGR Calculator App on iTunes
OHP’s popular Plant Growth Regulator (PGR) Calculator app has been redesigned from the ground up. The new version, PGR Calculator v2.1, contains many of the same features as the previous version now runs faster and works on all iOS device environments.

Growers really embraced the convenience of the original PGR Calculator,” says Dave Barcel, OHP senior technical manager. “The new version will build on that success and continue to provide a valuable tool in the field for PGR rate calculations.

OHP consistently provides excellent support in a variety of different ways and the new PGR Calculator demonstrates our dedicated commitment at the grower level“, says Ryan Boehm, manager of marketing services and developer of the PGR Calculator.

You can find the new PGR Calculator on your iOS device by clicking on the “App Store” icon and searching for “PGR Calculator.” You can also download it directly by clicking here.

Visit the OHP team at American Takki during the upcoming California Spring Trials and see the new PGR Calculator on display.


OHP signs marketing agreement with Vestaron

March 1, 2017

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February 21, 2017 – (Kalamazoo, Michigan) – OHP, Inc. a leading marketer of crop protection solutions for the production ornamentals market, announces a new partnership with Vestaron Corp. of Kalamazoo, MI.

Under the terms of the agreement effective immediately, OHP will market Spear® O, a greenhouse bioinsecticide that controls thrips, whiteflies, and spider mites, pests that are regularly cited as toughest to control for greenhouse ornamental growers.

We are excited to bring Spear O to the market as another tool for the greenhouse ornamental grower,” says Dan Stahl, OHP vice president and general manager. “Whether a grower relies on conventional or a biological insecticide approach or a combination of the two, Spear O is a great choice.”

Vestaron is a privately-held biotechnology company that specializes in the development of safe and effective bioinsecticides derived from naturally-occurring peptides.

We are very enthusiastic about partnering with OHP to commercialize this product,” says Vestaron CEO John Sorenson. “OHP has a strong reputation in this segment of the market and we expect the relationship to be a very fruitful one. I can’t think of a better company to bring the safety and effectiveness of this biological insecticide to growers throughout the U.S.

Spear O should be used in much the same manner as other insect and mite control products, notes Dr. Carlos Bográn, OHP technical manager. “Growers are accustomed to treating regularly for insect and mite control. We recommend that Spear O be used as part of a pest management program utilizing different products with dissimilar modes of action,” says Dr. Bográn. Spear O is a toxin-derived bioinsecticide that provides effective control of these three pests without harming honey bees, fish, birds, humans, and other mammals.

It’s the first time that a venom-peptide has been developed for use as a bioinsecticide,” notes Dr. Bográn.

With a dual mode of action, resistance to the bioinsecticide is unlikely to develop, says Dr. Bográn.

More information may be found at vestaron.com.

(Spear O is a registered trademark of Vestaron Corp.)


Bayer to acquire Monsanto for $66 billion

September 15, 2016

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The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including Monsanto shareholder approval of the merger agreement and receipt of required regulatory approvals. Closing is expected by the end of 2017. The companies will work diligently with regulators to ensure a successful closing. In addition, Bayer has committed to a USD 2 billion reverse antitrust break fee, reaffirming its confidence that it will obtain the necessary regulatory approvals.

Read more at the Bayer website