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www.envirosol.ca / www.nutriteturf.ca / HQ: St. Michel, Quebec / Employees: 80 / Specialty: Fertilizer manufacturing Hugo Provencher, vice president: “Because of our structure and dedication to customer service, we can turn around our products quickly.”
umes than many of its competitors. “The reason why people like to do business with us is we don’t ask for large volumes for a private label,” Vaillancourt explains. “A lot of companies ask customers to buy hundreds of tons for private labels; we go by truckload.” The company has the ability to offer private-label quantities as small as 20 tons, he adds. Ferti Technologies’ size also allows it to offer products on a faster timetable than many comparable larger companies. “I think we’re pretty flexible,” Vice President Hugo Provencher says. “Because of our structure and dedication to customer service, we can turn around our products quickly.”
All of Ferti Technologies’ products are manufactured in five plants on a 20-acre site in St. Michel. Each plant produces a specific kind of product, including four different granular sizes, soluble and liquid fertilizers. The company sources raw materials such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potash from a number of suppliers in Canada, the United States and Europe. Materials are blended in ribbon, vertical and rotary mixers and then bagged using bags that are also sourced from outside vendors, Vaillancourt says. As the company’s suppliers are located in different parts of the world, Ferti works to schedule deliveries and productions around each vendor’s lead time requirements. The company generally maintains an inventory of up to 2,200 tons of raw materials, Provencher says. Ferti operates five production lines, with product lines usually changed four to five times a day. The company is able to produce up to 200 tons per day of one product, on the main line. Equipment is routinely upgraded and replaced each year.
ferti produces fertilizer for golf courses, lawn care firms, garden retailers and fruit growers.
A Fertile Approach
ferti technologies is looking to expand its operations beyond its base in quebec. by jim harris
An emphasis on product uniformity and flexibility in product volume are two of Ferti Technologies’ competitive advantages. The St. Michel, Quebec-based company produces fertilizer products for golf courses, lawn care companies, lawn and garden retailers, and vegetable and fruit growers. Products are distributed throughout Canada and the United States and shipped to Europe, South America, Korea and New Zealand, according to founder 118
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and owner Marc Vaillancourt. The company, founded by Vaillancourt in 1987 as Fertichem, recently changed its name to Ferti Technologies to reflect its emphasis on using an organic base in most of its products. “The suffix ‘chem’ no longer fits us,” he adds. In addition to producing products under its Envirosol and Nutrite brands, Ferti has the ability to produce private-label items for customers as well as ship in smaller vol-
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