History of JBS United, Inc.
At the age of 26, with a degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois, John Swisher founded United Feeds at Sheridan, In in 1956. With two employees and $25,000 borrowed from family members, the idea was to attract customers and help them to grow and prosper and United Feeds would grow along with them. This philosophy has worked beyond his dreams. John has grown this employee owned company to nearly 400 employees manning eight grain facilities totaling over 20 million bushel storage and nine feeds mills supplying customers throughout the United States and Asia. We are privileged to serve top hog producers totaling nearly 400,000 sows.
Around 1965, United Feeds introduced low inclusion rate premix packages that have now become the standard of the industry. Our commitment to provide quality nutrition technology at a reasonable price is our trademark. Prices are kept low by delivering direct to the customer, no distributorships and very little advertising. You pay only for feed, service and technology.
In 1970, the first research farm was built, with the idea that in order to properly advise our customers, we must be able to test how our products and ideas perform in a production environment that closely resembles our customers' systems. We now have two farrow-to-finish research farms, nursery-finish discovery centers, and nutrient management research facilities. The research and development team conducts over 400 trials a year and work in conjunction with several universities, boar studs, and scientists abroad. Along with the development of new feeds, we test genetics, equipment, and management practices.
In addition, JBS United, Inc. offers a computerized record service. This database has over 25 years of information and consists of over 400 current farms. The production/financial records have served as one of the primary tools for the growth and prosperity of JBS United, Inc. and it's customers.
In 1985 was yet another milestone when we purchased a regional feed manufacturer. This acquisition meant we had increased our sales force, our storage capabilities and gained a considerable amount of feed business in the Midwest.
In the early 1990's saw a series of mergers and acquisitions that helped JBS United grow to what it is today.
JBS United, Inc. is now a prosperous company with approximately 400 employees in nine feed mills, eight grain terminals and four research farms throughout the United states and worldwide. Its areas of expertise lie in research-based animal nutrition products, livestock production, grain merchandising and environmental consulting services.