The Andersons

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The Andersons, Inc.
S&P 600 Component
Industry Conglomerate
Founded 1947 (1947)
Founders Harold Anderson
Margaret Anderson
Headquarters Maumee, Ohio, United States
Area served
Key people
Michael J. Anderson (Chairman)
Patrick E. Bowe (CEO)
Harold M. Reed (COO)
Revenue Increase US$ 5.27 billion (FY 2012)
Decrease US$ 111.08 million (FY 2012)
Decrease US$ 79.48 million (FY 2012)
Total assets Increase US$ 2.18 million (FY 2012)
Total equity Increase US$ 594.41 million (FY 2012)
Number of employees
Footnotes / references

The Andersons, Inc. is an agribusiness established in 1947[2] that began as Andersons Truck Terminal (ATT) in the 1940s for the grain industry, headquartered in Maumee, Ohio. In various phases it provided merchandising, production, and distribution of products and services to the agribusiness community, organized into multiple business groups: grain, ethanol, plant nutrients, retail, turf & specialty, and rail. The grain arm still provides grain storage and management facilities, crop insurance, commodity risk management and grain delivery services through its rail business, with a particular focus on the Eastern Corn Belt of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska and Illinois, through grain terminals located in those states.

It had revenues of $4,576,331,000 for the 2011 fiscal year ending December 31, 2011.[3]

On Aug 19, 2003, The Andersons announced to restate income for 2002 and the first quarter of 2003, after they determined that the earnings reported under a five-year grain marketing agreement did not follow a new accounting pronouncement. In total, the company's income remained unchanged.[4]

On Nov 18, 2005, The Andersons restated the Statement of Cash Flows for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2005, due to an error in the procedures of preparation.[5] On January 15, 2017, The Andersons announced that they will cease their retail operations, closing stores in Maumee, Toledo and Columbus, Ohio, during the second quarter of 2017,[6][7] and focus on their grain, rail car, ethanol, and plant nutrients units.[8]


The Andersons, Inc. was founded in 1940 as The Andersons Truck Terminal (ATT) by Harold & Margaret Anderson. ATT was focused on grain transportation and storage, using grain elevators and a rail transfer station.[9]

In the 1950s, the company expanded its grain terminals. It also opened its first retail store known as The Andersons Warehouse Market. Andersons began fertilizer blending and then corn milling as well.[9]

In the 1960s, The Andersons opened the first deep-water grain loading facility on the US side of the Great Lakes. They were the first elevator in the US to load 100 car trains in Champaign, Illinois. They also opened the largest steel tank grain storage in Maumee, Ohio. Also in the 1960s, the company entered the Lawn Products business.[9]

As the grain business grew in the 1970s, so did The Andersons. They expanded their river elevator, and continued to ship via rail adding the Gulf ports as a destination. They also built a grain elevator and corn mill in Delphi, Indiana. The original retail store in Maumee, Ohio was replaced by a new, larger store located across the street from the original.[9]

In the 1980s, continuing the growth of the 70s, The Andersons opened a liquid fertilizer facility on the Maumee River, retail stores in Toledo and Columbus, more grain elevators in Indiana and Michigan, and fertilizer facilities in Delphi, Poneto, and Dunkirk, Indiana, as well as Webberville, Michigan. The company also formed The Andersons Management Corporation.[9]

In the 1990s, the company entered the rail leasing business, and built a railcar repair shop in Maumee. The company opened a retail store in Lima, Ohio. The company acquired grain and liquid storage facilities in Clymers, Logansport, Seymour, North Manchester, and Waterloo, Indiana. On February 20, 1996 The Andersons was first listed on NASDAQ, and around that same time the company reached sales of US$1 billion.[9]

In the 2000s, the company entered the ethanol business, and oversaw the construction of three ethanol plants. The company also expanded its rail division, by adding to its fleet and adding railcar repair shops in South Carolina and Georgia, as well as Mississippi. The company also earned ISO certifications for all of its liquid plant nutrient facilities, expanded its turf products division, and issued a 2-for-1 stock split and follow-on offering.[9] The Andersons also opened a Specialty Food Market in Sylvania, Ohio, in 2007. This store closed in 2016.[10]

On June 3, 2017, The Andersons closed its retail doors for the last time citing a $20 million loss over 8 years. The retail stores employed nearly 1,050 of The Anderson's workforce.[11]


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