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Van Diest Supply Co.
www.vdsc.com / Headquarters: Webster City, Iowa / Employees: 700 / Specialty: Agricultural
products / Van Diest Supply: "We're very proud of our reputation in the industry."

located in iowa in the heart
of the corn belt, van diest
supply's products are used
throughout the midwest.

Center of it All

van diest supply provides agricultural
products to clients throughout the world.

On the surface, Webster City, Iowa,
may not seem to be the sort of place
you'd expect to find a manufacturing
company with an international customer base. However, Van Diest Supply Co.'s reputation for meeting its
customers' needs at a fair price has
made the town of just more than 8,000
people an epicenter of the agricultural
chemical manufacturing industry.
"We're very proud of our reputation in the industry. Many of the
companies we work with are based
in Europe and have their choice of
manufacturing partners, but they've
found this little town in Iowa to do
their production," the company says.
"We believe we have a positive repu82

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tation because we get the job done,
meet our customers' specs and have
fair pricing. Our customers are more
to us than just an invoice."
The company's belief in establishing strong relationships with its customers reflects the practices of its
founder, owner, CEO and Chairman
Bob Van Diest, who started Van Diest
Supply with his wife, Mary, in 1956.
"We have a great deal of experience
and operate very good quality control labs, which helps our customers
trust us that much more, but the single thing that's most important to us
and helps us stand out is that [Bob]
Van Diest insists that we think of
our customers as partners," it adds.

Midwest

"Instead of just having a customer/
vendor arrangement that's all about
dollars, he feels it's important for
there to be a good relationship on
both sides."
The company's formulation/bulk
terminal division manufactures herbicides for many of the world's largest agricultural science companies in
addition to producing its own brand,
Cornbelt. Van Diest Supply employs
525 people in Webster City, including
400 manufacturing employees who
work in one or more of the 52 buildings on its 170-acre headquarters site.
The company also operates a bulk terminal that can store 20 million gallons
of herbicide.
The Webster Park facility includes
a rail car loading and storage area that
was expanded in 2014 as a part of what
the company calls the largest expansion in the company's 60-year history.
The addition added 8,000 feet of rail
to the facility, giving the company the
ability to load and store up to 60 rail
cars. "We're located right in the heart
of the cornbelt, so most of the material we make is used here in the central
United States, though we do manufacturing products that are shipped
worldwide," the company says.

Meeting Specifications
Van Diest Supply's manufacturing
campus includes 10 manufacturing
areas where dry, powder-based products are made. The company uses
blenders and hammermills to produce powders that it further processes using either extrusion techniques,
which produce a noodle-like product
that is then dried and broken into
small granules; or a pan granulation
technique, where powder is placed in
a pan and then sprayed with water before forming granules.
The manufacturing campus also


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