In 1953, Jimmy Sanders, Inc. started its chemical distribution business in Cleveland with only two key suppliers. One no longer exists. The other is Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences.

During a recent meeting in Cleveland, Charlie Fischer, president and CEO of Dow AgroSciences, honored those 50 years of business partnership. Fischer presented Mike Sanders, president of Jimmy Sanders, a clock commemorating the milestone.

“It’s a small token for all of the years of friendship and partnership,” said Fischer. “It’s not the norm these days, but handshakes still mean something between Jimmy Sanders personnel and Dow AgroSciences.”

In addition, Fischer presented a $10,000 contribution on behalf of The Dow Chemical Co. Foundation to Delta State University for The Hazel & Jimmy Sanders Sculpture Garden to be built adjacent to the university’s Bologna Performing Arts Center in Cleveland.

“We do appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the legacy of Jimmy Sanders, who has been a great friend of our company for many years and to help support the cultural quality of life for the citizens of the Cleveland area,” he said.

Jimmy Sanders, Inc. is one of the leading farm supply distributors in the Mid-South, with locations in five states. The company’s operations include agricultural chemical distribution, seed production and sales, bulk handling of fertilizer, exporting of grains, variable rate technology and other agronomic services.

Dow AgroSciences LLC is a global leader in providing pest management and biotechnology products that improve the quality and quantity of the earth’s food supply and contribute to the health and quality of life of the world’s growing population. Dow AgroSciences has approximately 6,000 people in over 50 companies dedicated to its business, and has worldwide sales of $2.7 billion. Dow AgroSciences is a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company. For more information about Dow AgroSciences, visit www.dowagro.com.

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