American Vanguard / AMVAC Announce Strategic Integration

April 14, 2021

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. | April 6, 2021—American Vanguard® Corporation (NYSE: AVD) and its subsidiary AMVAC® Corporation announced today that they are bringing their OHP Inc. subsidiary into the AMVAC Environmental Products (“AEP”) family to create a unified non-crop business entity within AVD.

OHP, the leading provider of technology-based solutions for greenhouse and nursery production applications, was acquired by AMVAC in 2017 to expand its non-crop footprint in the plant production segment.

The integration of OHP and AEP – a leading provider of proven chemistries, biologicals, and low-impact solutions to the professional pest, golf, landscape, and public health markets – is part of AVD’s long-term strategy to grow and re-define its position in non-crop markets through portfolio expansion, innovation, licensing, and acquisition.

Eric Wintemute, Chairman and CEO of American Vanguard, commented, “The integration of our dynamic specialty product businesses is part of the Company’s long-term strategy to increase capacity, broaden product portfolios, and support AEP’s and OHP’s collaborative efforts to develop new biological, biorational, and proven chemistry solutions to the market.

Mr. Wintemute noted in particular that OHP’s biosolutions for U.S. nursery and ornamental customers are a key part of the Company’s growing portfolio of low-impact platforms in both the U.S. and internationally. “These green and sustainable platforms, combined with our precision application technologies, provide American Vanguard with unique and compelling ESG (environmental, social, and governance) solutions.

Changes in OHP Leadership

With OHP’s integration come several leadership changes.

Dan Stahl, OHP’s long-time leader and the company’s Vice President/General Manager, is planning to retire from OHP at the end of April. He has worked closely with AEP CEO Shayne M. Wetherall and the extended AEP executive team to facilitate a smooth integration ensuring OHP will continue to deliver excellent products and service to its customers and its channel and supplier partners. A formal announcement of Mr. Stahl’s retirement is forthcoming.

Upon Mr. Stahl’s retirement, Troy Bettner, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for OHP, will continue to lead OHP’s commercial efforts and supplier relationships and will report to Mr. Wetherall. Mr. Bettner joined OHP in 2018 and has worked closely with Mr. Stahl to prepare for this management transition.

Said Mr. Wetherall: “Dan’s many contributions have been pivotal to OHP’s success and have provided the platform for its strategic integration with AEP. With a smooth transition to Troy’s commercial leadership, and in partnership with the AEP team, OHP will continue to deliver excellence to our customers and also deliver on our vision for AEP, which is to be the fastest-growing provider of technology and innovation to the markets we serve.

Added Mr. Wintemute: “The great opportunities that OHP and AEP present in the non-crops market, coupled with AMVAC’s long-time strengths in the agricultural crops segment, extend and further solidify American Vanguard’s position as a continuing and long-term leader in technology, innovation, and sustainability.


Dan Stahl to retire as VP/GM of OHP Inc.

April 14, 2021

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. | April 13, 2021—Dan Stahl, a leader in the crop protection industry who most recently guided and developed OHP Inc.’s position as a leading provider of innovative product solutions for the greenhouse and nursery market, will retire as the company’s Vice President and General Manager effective June 30.

Upon Mr. Stahl’s retirement, Troy Bettner, Vice President and Marketing and Sales for OHP, will continue to lead OHP’s commercial efforts and supplier relationships, reporting to Shayne M. Wetherall, CEO of AMVAC Environmental Products (“AEP”).

“Dan’s leadership and numerous contributions to the industry have been key to OHP’s success,” said Mr. Wetherall. “He has been an effective mentor to Troy Bettner and has worked very closely with me and the AEP executive team to facilitate a smooth integration. OHP’s personnel and market partners remain its key strength, and the OHP brand will continue to deliver excellence and innovation to its customers, channel partners, and supplier partners in the ornamentals market.”

Mr. Stahl’s 30-plus-year career in crop protection has included roles in sales, marketing, global strategy, and sourcing with Rhone-Poulenc, Aventis, and Bayer. He joined OHP in 2005 as VP, Marketing & Business Development and became VP/GM in 2017. Under his leadership, the company in 2017 introduced “OHP biosolutions,” a new line of products specifically designed for the expanding segment of greenhouse and nursery growers who utilize biological products exclusively or in combination with conventional products.

Mr. Stahl also has been an active member of RISE: Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment for the past 16 years, serving on the board and as well as the association’s chairman.

Said Mr. Wetherall: “All of us at OHP and AEP deeply thank and congratulate Dan for his many years of service not only to OHP but to the industry at large. We wish him all the very best in his retirement.”

OHP, acquired by AMVAC in 2017, recently was integrated into the AMVAC Environmental Products (“AEP”) family to create a unified non-crop business entity within parent company American Vanguard (NYSE: AVD).


Katelyn Jones joins OHP sales team

March 5, 2021

OHP is proud to announce the addition of Katelyn Jones to our team of technical sales managers, effective March 29, 2021.

Katelyn Jones joins OHP sales team“We are thrilled to add Katelyn to our team,” says Troy Bettner, OHP head of sales and marketing. “She has industry experience, is well-liked by her peers, and will be an immediate contributor to OHP.”

Katelyn, a licensed California Pest Control Adviser (PCA) and Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), replaces the retiring Dennis Kern, who leaves OHP after 19 years of service.

“Dennis is an icon in his region and we’re going to miss him,” notes Bettner. “His contributions are a large reason why OHP enjoys the market position we do today. We know Katelyn will continue to represent OHP in the same professional manner.”

Prior to joining OHP, Katelyn was a sales representative at Harrell’s, a producer and distributor of agronomic products for the turf and ornamental industry. In addition, she has sales experience with Adama Agricultural Solutions and Nutrien Ag Solutions.

Katelyn holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University, Fresno. With OHP, she will cover California, Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado from her base in Northern California.

“With her diverse background and knowledge of the marketplace, Katelyn will be a valuable resource for her customers,” says Bettner. “She has experience with growers and how to provide marketplace solutions.”


The best kept secret in botrytis control

February 11, 2021

Let Astun® Ornamental Fungicide give relief to at least one cold weather headache. An application of Astun willAstun Ornamental Fungicide by OHP, Inc. provide rapid control of botrytis spp. on spring crops, including plants in full bloom, with no phytotoxicity potential.

Astun provides preventative, systemic, and curative activity on ornamentals grown in commercial greenhouses and nurseries, including plants in color.

Users should add a spreader sticker of their choice with Astun to reduce the possibility of residue on leaves and flowers. Astun provides fast and outstanding botrytis control with the active ingredient isofetamid, a new fourth-generation member of the SDHI class of chemistry, mode of action (MOA) group 7.

Use rates range from 10-17 fl. oz. per 100 gal. of water.

Astun carries a 12-hour REI and Caution signal word.

OHP also offers a Botrytis Recipe for Success which contains great rotational information for growers.


Paul Pilon joins OHP technical staff

December 7, 2020

OHP, Inc. is proud to announce the addition of industry veteran Paul Pilon as Technical Manager, effective immediately.

Paul Pilon with OHP, Inc.Paul Pilon, Technical Manager with OHP, Inc. “We are pleased to add Paul to our team of dedicated professionals,” says Dan Stahl, OHP vice president and general manager.” He’s a former grower and he brings growing experience, crop expertise, product knowledge, diagnostic ability, research capabilities, communication skills, and other strengths to OHP.”

Paul is well-known and respected in the horticulture industry, having founded and operated Perennial Solutions Consulting since 2005. His client list included key growers from every region of the U.S. and internationally.

He has written numerous articles for industry trade magazines and has produced Perennial Pulse e-newsletter for Ball Publishing since 2014.

In addition, he has written a bi-monthly column “Paul Talks Perennials” for Grower Talks magazine since 2017. He authored a book on perennial production in 2006.

“As hard as the decision to leave my successful consulting business behind may seem, the choice was somewhat easier than I thought,” he says. “Being an industry leader, OHP has the resources to pursue research and projects I could never attempt on my own and they are committed to developing products growers need.”

With his background in plant growth regulators and herbicides, Paul teams with OHP Senior Technical Manager Dr. Carlos Bográn, who specializes in insecticides and fungicides, to comprise the OHP technical staff.

A frequent speaker at industry events including Cultivate and Far West, Paul began his career as a grower at Neal Mast and Son Greenhouses in Grand Rapids, MI and later served as head grower at Sawyer Nursery in Hudsonville, MI. He holds a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Michigan State University.

He and his family currently reside in Jenison, MI. Please welcome him to the OHP family.