OHP Inc., a provider of technology-based solutions for greenhouse and nursery production applications, has agreed to become master distributor in U.S. non-crop markets of biological technologies developed by Certis Biologicals. With the agreement, OHP, an American Vanguard Company and a part of the AMGUARD Environmental Technologies specialty brand, becomes the sole access point for Certis technologies in U.S. non-crop markets. Certis Biologicals, a part of the AgriScience Division of Mitsui & Company, is a pioneer in the development of biological pesticides and has become one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of biopesticides.
In addition to Certis products which OHP currently markets under OHP brands, the agreement includes commercialization of Certis’ BotaniGard and Mycotrol products. The agreement also gives OHP exclusive access to Certis’ pipeline of new technologies for non-crop markets.
Strategically, the OHP-Certis agreement enhances American Vanguard’s commitment to expanding its GreenSolutions portfolio and is aligned with AMGUARD’s strategy to be a provider of best-in-class technologies and market access.
“This is a very important development for OHP and the AMGUARD brand, says Shayne M. Wetherall, CEO of OHP. “Certis’ products and brands are well established and widely considered to be best-in-class. We are excited to integrate Certis’ current and future innovations into OHP’s and AMGUARD’s rapidly expanding portfolio of GreenSolutions for non-crop markets beginning in 2024.”
“We are excited to build upon a longstanding partnership with OHP to bring Certis Biologicals biopesticide technologies to the nursery, greenhouse, turf, and ornamental and cannabis market,” says Amy O’Shea, President & CEO of Certis Biologicals. “We feel OHP is uniquely positioned with reach, expertise and knowledge to successfully deliver these technologies to growers and retailers in the non-crop segment.”
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“When looking for a partner in this space, OHP stood out with their skills and capabilities to successfully position our flagship brands BotaniGard and Mycotrol in these markets,” says Chris Judd, Head of North America at Certis Biologicals. “These are trusted brands by growers and retailers in the nursery, greenhouse, turf and ornamentals, and cannabis markets, and finding the right partner was paramount to us. We feel we did that with OHP.”