JBS United Inc. announced April 25 that it has acquired substantially all of the assets used by JLM Enterprise Inc. in the operation of its business in a deal that closed March 31.
Based in Bancroft, Mich., JLM Enterprise markets silage inoculants and feed additives for the dairy industry. It owns the Silage Maker and Yeast N More product lines that will become a part of the JBS United product offering. The entire staff of JLM Enterprise, including founders John and Mike Nurmikko, will join the JBS United team.
"Our Animal Nutrition & Health division has continued to lay the groundwork for an expansion of our dairy business over the past several years, and this acquisition continues that path," explained Dr. Doug Webel, chief operating officer of JBS United Animal Nutrition & Health. "This acquisition will allow us to not only expand our product offerings and market reach but also add tremendous talent to our team. We are always looking for unique opportunities to acquire businesses and invest in their continued growth."
JBS United said it will continue to offer the Silage Maker and Yeast N More product lines, forage preservatives, bunker covers, oxygen barriers and silage bags as well as maintain the current office, warehousing and manufacturing processes of JLM Enterprise in Bancroft.
Moreover, the breadth and scope of these new products will allow JBS United to offer more complete forage management and feeding solutions for dairy operations, the company said. The new, more centralized facility will also allow JBS United to better and more efficiently serve customers in northern and western Michigan as well as in the Michigan "thumb" region.
"While we want to expand, we recognize that JLM has a system in place (and) products that work, and we don't plan on changing that," Webel said. "Our primary interest is in growing the operation and offering these quality products to our other customers and vice versa."