Jerid Wendling Named New Valent Territory Manager in Florida

April 29, 2009

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.—Valent Professional Products (VPP) announced Jerid Wendling has joined the company as a territory manager in Florida.

Wendling will focus on providing horticultural, turf and lawn care professionals throughout Florida with Valent’s strong line of professional products. Valent’s extensive product portfolio continues to grow with nearly 20 products providing solutions for turf, trees, shrubs and ornamentals, including Safari® Insecticide, Tourney® Fungicide, Arena® Insecticide, BroadStar Herbicide, SureGuard® Herbicide, Overture® Insecticide and Velocity® Herbicide.

“Valent is known for its diverse product line and commitment to customer service, and I am extremely excited to be joining the VPP team,” Wendling said. “As a former pest control operator with extensive knowledge of the marketplace, I look forward to helping Florida’s turf and ornamental professionals solve problems and achieve their goals.” Wendling has a degree in plant and soil science from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and 17 years of experience in the plant protection industry. Most recently, he served as a territory manager in Florida for Crop Production Services, Inc. (CPS) and previously built a private pest control company in the Tampa area from scratch into a business with 2,300 residential accounts.

Frank Fornari, national sales manager for VPP, said Wendling will be a “first-class” addition to the Valent team.

“As the successful proprietor of a pest control company and a proven performer in corporate sales, Jerid has an ideal background for his new role,” Fornari said. “His intimate knowledge of the local marketplace and first-hand experience will make him an excellent partner for our customers throughout Florida.”

Valent Professional Products serves the areas of tree, turf, greenhouse/nursery and landscape ornamentals as well as industrial vegetation management. Valent professional products include Arena® Insecticide, BroadStar Herbicide, DiPel® PRO DF Biological Insecticide, Distance® Fire Ant Bait, Distance® Insect Growth Regulator, Envoy Plus® Herbicide, Fascination® Plant Growth Regulator, Gnatrol® Biological Larvicide, Overture® Insecticide, Payload Herbicide, ProGibb® T&O Plant Growth Regulator, Safari® Insecticide, Stellar® Fungicide, Sumagic® Plant Growth Regulator, SureGuard® Herbicide, Tame® Insecticide, TetraSan® Miticide, Tourney® Fungicide and Velocity® Herbicide.

For more information about Valent’s Professional Products, Valent U.S.A. Corporation or our full product line, call 800-89-VALENT (898-2536).