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Midwest

Van Diest Supply Co.

Leaving a Legacy

Van Diest Supply Co. Founder, Owner, CEO and Chairman Bob Van Diest has
left his mark on the community of Webster City, Iowa, beyond the company
that bares his name. Van Diest and his wife Mary in 2008 made a $13 million
donation to build a new public hospital serving Hamilton County, Iowa. The
Van Diest Medical Center opened its doors in 2010, has 25 beds and employs
roughly 225 people, according to the hospital.

know of any challenges we're facing and they assist us
any way they can to help us through those challenges."
The majority of the company's manufacturing buildings include a dedicated quality control lab, where a staff
of three chemists and a lab technician conduct product
sample testing during production campaigns. Testing is
conducted according to customer specifications and includes screening products for cross-contamination and
ensuring they're of the right size and formulation.
Product quality is a high priority for the company. Van
Diest Supply is ISO 14001 certified and OSHAS 18001
registered. Each employee regularly receives safety and

environmental compliance training overseen by the
company's full-time safety and environmental compliance directors.

'People Make The Difference'
The formulation and bulk terminal division is one of
three main divisions at the company. Van Diest Supply
also includes a distribution arm, which warehouses products in Webster City and operates 16 distribution centers
located throughout the Midwest. The company owns a
fleet of semi tractors, trucks and pickups, as well as van
trailers and bulk transports it uses to make deliveries.
The company also operates a specialty products division, which offers products including mosquito-spraying
equipment and well as products used in the vegetation
control; aquatics and turf, tree and ornamental markets.
All of Van Diest Supply's divisions share the same philosophy. "At our company, people make the difference,"
it says. "We believe people deal with people who have a
sincere interest in their business and a desire to help
them. We strive for long-lasting partnership relationships with our customers, our suppliers and our team
members." mt
the company's specialty division offers
products such as mosquito-spraying
and vegetation-control equipment.

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