On Friday, December 14 Growmark FS celebrated 10 years in business at their Milford location at 308 NE Front Street. Growmark Chief Executive Officer Steve Buckalew welcomed individuals to the Milford location and discussed the history and future of the local business.
“We are here celebrating two things today,” commented Buckalew. “Our 10 year anniversary as a subsidiary as of Growmark, Inc. and the success we have had in Milford. We wanted to share that success with the local community.”
Growmark FC, LLC began as a small fertilizer company in 1912 in Laurel, DE under the name of Valiant Fertilizer Company and continued to grow and expanded with a fertilizer plant in Milford. Most locals familiar with the fertilizer business would quickly recognize the name of Milford Fertilizer Company, which was owned and operated by Robert A Fischer, Sr. and his family.
The growth of the Milford Fertilizer Company included expansion into retail markets including Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The Milford Fertilizer Company was sold to Agway, Inc. in 1988 and operated through 2002 under the name of Agway Agricultural products. Growmark, Inc. purchased the assets of Agway Agronomy Products from Agway, Inc. in December 2002, and operations began early 2002 under the name of Growmark FS.
“Milford is a great community and we have a long history going back to Milford Fertilizer,” commented Buckalew. “Despite economic difficulties around the nation we see a very bright future in the agricultural industry.”
At Friday’s open house State Representatives Harvey Kenton and Dave Wilson presented Buckalew with a Tribute from the Delaware House of Representatives recognizing Gromark FS’s tenth anniversary and “exceptional service” wishing the company “best wishes for future success”. Representative Kenton worked for the company for 20 years when it was still known as Milford Fertilizer.
“I remember this business as it grew alongside many local farmers,” commented Representative Kenton. “There is a great team here and I wish them the best as they continue to grow.”