Valent U.S.A. LLC Launches Sustainable Solutions Business Unit

Underscores company commitment to integrated and sustainable agrosolutions

September 27, 2017

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.— Valent U.S.A. LLC announced today the launch of its Sustainable Solutions Business Unit, a new division within the company that is completely dedicated to supporting the industry in the adoption and integration of sustainable production practices for crop protection, productivity and yield enhancement products and technologies.

Ron Maitoza, the newly appointed Director for the Sustainable Solutions Business Unit, will lead a dedicated team of 10 sustainable solutions specialists from across the country. Together, they will work with established customers and key stakeholders within the industry to provide education and technical support to accelerate the adoption of integrated crop management solutions that include both traditional and biorational systems.

As a market leader in the delivery of biologically-based crop protection and enhancement solutions, Valent and its parent company, Sumitomo Chemical, have held a long-standing commitment to sustainability and the concept of integrated production practices.

"Valent and Sumitomo are unique in our industry, because we have a long history of significant and balanced investments in marketing and research for both traditional and biorational crop solutions," said Matt Plitt, Valent Executive Vice President and COO. "A commitment to sustainability is at the core of our business, and the formation of a dedicated business unit underscores our intention to play a leadership role in supporting the evolution of sustainable production practices in the agriculture industry."

This new business unit is among the latest commitments to sustainability made by Valent and its parent company Sumitomo Chemical, following a global endorsement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals made by both companies.

"With seasoned expertise in sustainable agricultural practices, we are investing in our company values, talent and business structure to align with the future of North American agriculture and, ultimately, the prosperity and success of growers, " added Ron Maitoza. "Our business unit will work hand in hand with industry to provide new tools and information to growers in order to support sustainable food systems."

For more information on Valent, visit valent.com or contact your local Valent sales representative.

About Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sumitomo Chemical is one of Japan's leading chemical companies, offering a diverse range of products globally in the fields of petrochemicals, energy and functional materials, IT-related chemicals and materials, health and crop science products, and pharmaceuticals. The company's consolidated net sales for fiscal year 2016 were JPY 2.0 trillion. For additional information, visit the company's website at www.sumitomo-chem.co.jp/english/.

About Valent U.S.A. LLC
Valent U.S.A. LLC, headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., develops and markets products in the United States and Canada that protect agricultural crops, enhance crop yields, improve food quality, beautify the environment and safeguard public health. Valent products include a well-known line of quality herbicide, insecticide, fungicide and plant growth regulator products for agricultural, seed protection and professional use. Valent is a leader in marketing and sales of both traditional chemical products and also biorational products developed by its affiliate, Valent BioSciences LLC.

For more information about Valent or our full product line, please call 800-6-VALENT (682-5368) or visit valent.com.