Harvey Lyman and five partners formed Ag Chemicals Inc. to serve growers in the Sacramento River Delta area of California. Their third warehouse and office in Walnut Grove now house the Lyman Group Farm Parts Store and maintenance shop operations.
Harvey Lyman Chemicals Established
Harvey opens a second location in Clarksburg to serve more customers. The Walnut Grove operation was known as Harvey Lyman Chemicals, and the Clarksburg Operation was known as Harvey Lyman Agservice.
Harvey Lyman Chemicals and Harvey Lyman Agservice were incorporated as individual companies, but essentially worked as a team to serve an expanding grower base throughout the Delta.
Les Lyman, Harvey’s son, returned home to the company on a full-time basis in 1974. Already grounded in Harvey’s philosophy of grower service and the importance of valued employees, Les brought a sensible growth mentality to the business. He added innovation and a philosophy of wise investments for continuous service improvement and better pricing into ongoing business operations.
The company completed their first acquisition, acquiring the Pezzaglia Nursery operations in Rio Vista. The acquisition helped the company move further into the liquid and dry fertilizer business.
The acquisition of J. M. Buckley Ag Service in Courtland represented an investment in custom dry fertilizer blending and liquid fertilizer manufacturing. The operation was moved to the Harvey Lyman Ag Service location in Clarksburg shortly after acquisition.
The acquisition of Sacramento County Farm Supply in Wilton, CA broadened the company’s service area throughout the Galt and Elk Grove areas.
IAP was formed to guarantee the economic viability of the independent agricultural chemical distributor/dealer. Through IAP, The Lyman Company, Inc. was able to maximize purchasing positioning agricultural input market place.
Tremont Supply, Inc. acquired Agriform Farm Supply with a plant in Woodland, and retail sales offices in Woodland and Pleasant Grove. Agriform also had a sales office in Geyserville which previously operated under the name Agro-Tech.
TSI earns the Environmental Respect National Award.
The Tremont Group, Inc. acquired Growers Ag Service, Inc. with retail sales offices in Dixon, Tudor and Sonoma.
The Tremont Group, Inc. purchases Walnut Grove Transports in Dixon. Walnut Grove Transports is now part of TSI Trucking.
The AgriSource operation in Maxwell was formed by The Lyman Group and began operations throughout Northern CA.
Ag Unlimited was acquired, broadening the company’s Northern California coastal and inland service areas.
The Harvey Lyman Company, Walnut Grove, earns the Environmental Respect State Award.
The Tremont/Lyman Groups earn the Ag Retailer of The Year Award.
Inland Terminal, a 60,000-ton liquid and dry storage facility, was complete.
Tremont Engineering was founded to broaden service areas
Growers Ag Service, Yuba City, earns the Environmental Respect State Award.
The Tremont Group Inc. is recognized as a national agribusiness leader in Homeland Securities Act compliance and sound environmental operations.
Our brands have created a rich history of serving customers to help them maximize their potential. Going forward we are Grow West. Grow West is the recognition that today we have to be more prepared than anyone to overcome the challenges agriculture in California can present. Which is only possible when we are all unified under one name, pushing for the same outcome, to maximize grower’s profitability while minimizing our impact on the environment.
Grow West® at a Glance
A local, independently-owned operation.
Entrepreneurs run our locations and store fronts with the support of our management and administration.
250+ employees, 5,000+ customers.
15 retail, farm supply and wholesale manufacturing locations throughout California.
Owners in Aligned Ag Distributors along with Winfield United, the largest purchasing entity of agricultural chemicals in the United States.
Less than 3% turnover and many multi-decade employees.
We promise to work with each other, and for our customers, with the following core values: