ORONO, Ontario, Dec. 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- New growth and expansion for Durham Farmers’ County Co-operative (DFCC) officially became reality with the recent acquisition of Wright’s Feeds ‘N Needs, on Nov. 1.

Wright’s Feeds ‘N Needs owner-operators Harold and Melanie Wright saw this opportunity to sell and enhance their long-standing family-run business; realign in a changing market to keep the operation current and competitive, and provide a larger support system and sales force. “We had been looking for a way to slow down our direct involvement and put plans in place to eventually retire. This opportunity to amalgamate with DFCC was a good fit for us and will benefit all parties, including the agricultural community of Blackstock and surrounding areas that we have been proud to serve for more than 34 years,” says Harold Wright.

The Wrights operation is located just 30 kilometres north of Durham Farmers’ Orono location. Equipped with an eight tonne Krauss fertilizer blender system, the well-established farm, garden and home retail business provides local customers with much of the same products already offered to Durham Farmers’ Co-operative customers in Orono and Grafton.  Murray Lobb, general manager of the co-operative, sees it as a natural extension of the business. “I am confident the transition will be a ‘move-in friendly’ experience for both of our businesses and our customers,” says Lobb.

Wright’s Feeds ‘N Needs will continue to operate under the same name and brand that customers have come to associate with this location, maintaining its existing employees as well as the Shur-Gain livestock feed, farm, home and garden supplies that customers are accustomed to. Harold and Melanie Wright plan to stay involved as managers of the business throughout the transition period and their mission and values that they stand by in the agricultural retail world will continue to be important to the success of this new venture.

Durham Farmers’ County Co-operative has more than 4,500 active members in and around the Durham region from its two locations in Orono and Grafton. The co-operative was established in 1947 and provides agronomy, feed products and services, and consumer farm and home products from its two ACE Country and Garden stores. Durham Farmers’ County Co-operative is a member-owner of GROWMARK, Inc., and markets products and services under the FS banner.
Visit: www.durhamfarmersco-op.ca

Wright’s Feeds ‘N Needs is a family-run business serving farmers and rural residents in Durham region from its 2,000 square foot retail store, adjoining warehouse and its fertilizer operation located in Blackstock. They offer livestock and equine feeds, crop inputs, farm supplies and home products including pet and wildlife supplies plus lawn and garden.
Visit: www.wrightsfeeds.ca

Derek Spence, president                                         Murray Lobb, general manager
Durham Farmers’ County Co-operative                   Durham Farmers’ County Co-operative
Ph: 905-983-9134                                                    Ph: 905-983-9134
                                                                                Email: dfcc-murray@start.ca