Furst-McNess acquires Central States Enterprises

Central States Enterprises has provided bagged feed and ingredients throughout the Southeast

Furst-McNess Co., headquartered in Freeport, Illinois, has acquired manufacturing and transloading facilities as well as a retail storefront in Lake City, Florida, previously operated by Central States Enterprises (CSE).

McNess has provided commodities, blended feeds, and nutritional products to dairy, beef and poultry producers in Florida and Georgia for more than 30 years, and the transaction further enhances Furst-McNess’s ability to serve customers throughout the Southeast.

Per the terms of the transaction, McNess will continue to offer CSE-branded products.

“Central States has developed a reputation for quality and service with their customers and dealers, and this acquisition will further strengthen our overall offering and manufacturing capabilities for livestock and production agriculture,” says Joel Reed, vice president of Southeast operations for McNess.

“Joining forces with the Central States team is an important step in our Southeast strategy to truly make a difference for our customers and the agricultural industry in this region.”

Harry Smith, general manager for Central States since 2003, welcomes the acquisition.

“We have long admired Furst-McNess, and this is a great opportunity for two well-respected companies to partner in serving our customers and expanding the diversity of our product offering to dealers,” said Smith.

“Central States branded products will be available to our customers and dealers, and they can be confident that our commitment to them and the quality of our products continue to be our top priorities.”

Mark Poeschl, Furst-McNess president and CEO, considers this acquisition a key component to the company’s overall growth strategy.

“The Lake City facility broadens our footprint in the Southeast,” Poeschl noted. “We couldn’t be happier with the people and the culture of teamwork and quality that exists in our new team,” Poeschl added.

Central States Enterprises has provided a diverse selection of bagged feed and ingredients to livestock producers and feed dealers throughout Florida and Georgia since the mid-1980s.