Nachurs Alpine Solutions
Nachurs Alpine Solutions, a liquid chemicals manufacturing company, is a market leader in the manufacture and distribution of high quality liquid starter fertilizers, other fertility amendments, and a variety of industrial products. The Na-Churs Plant Food Company was founded in 1946 in Marion, Ohio. The Company formulated the first liquid fertilizer products that were available to greenhouses, nurseries, and to farmers who needed fast seedling growth in cool soils. The “new liquid” concept of placing starter fertilizer with the seed caught on amongst the American farmers.
Alpine Plant Foods Corporation was established in New Hamburg, Ontario in 1973. Over time, Alpine Plant Foods Corporation has established itself as the leader in the liquid fertilizer business across Canada.
In 1998, Na-Churs Plant Food Company acquired Alpine Plant Foods Corporation, to form Nachurs Alpine Solutions (NAS). Today, Nachurs Alpine Solutions is the leading manufacturer of quality liquid fertilizers in North America. Products are sold under the brand name of NACHURS in the United States and ALPINE in Canada.
While Nachurs Alpine Solutions primary business is selling precision placed, seed-safe starter fertilizers for corn, soybeans, and wheat production, we also formulate liquid fertilizer for canola, alfalfa, potatoes, sugar beets, lentils, and various other fruit and vegetable crops.
In 2000, Nachurs Alpine Solutions wanted to capitalize on asset utilization and raw material costs. NASi (Nachurs Alpine Solutions Industrial) was then developed to supplement its core agriculture business through the manufacture of a steadily increasing volume of industrial products. These products generally use the same raw materials as used in fertilizer manufacturing. The Industrial line has developed into a full business segment producing a significant percent of annual revenue. Today NASi is a leader in manufacturing potassium blends, runway deicers, and other industrial chemical products.
Nachurs Alpine Solutions has six manufacturing facilities: Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan; Corydon, Indiana; Marion, Ohio; New Hamburg, Ontario; Red Oak, Iowa; and St. Gabriel, Louisiana. 30 strategically located product depots are located across North America for customer convenience and pick-up. Many of our depots are located on the west coast in the U.S. and in western Canada to support our growing business in these areas.
After 40 Years, Nachurs Liquid Fertilizer Can Still Pass the Test.
A 5 gallon 40-year-old container of 5-10-5 NACHURS liquid fertilizer was discovered tucked away in a corner of the Wheatland Mill and Elevator Company in Wheatland, Iowa. The discovery was made by the owner of the elevator.
Over 60 years ago, local residents were purchasing the 5-gallon containers for use in their gardens. People were paying up to $40 for a 5-gallon container of NACHURS 5-10-5 liquid fertilizer.
A Clear Premium Liquid Fertilizer
During a meeting in Red Oak, Iowa, the 5 gallon container of 5-10-5 was presented to former Nachurs Alpine Solutions President John Kelly. In front of an audience and the local media, the seal was broken. A clear premium liquid fertilizer poured evenly and cleanly from the can. It was almost as if the fertilizer had been put in a time capsule. The product seemed as good today as it did 40 years ago.
Steve Keller, Nachurs Alpine Solutions former chemist, examined the fertilizer and concluded that the fertilizer is as good today as it was 40 years ago. According to Keller, the 5-10-5 analysis contained 5.36 total percent of nitrogen, 10.8 total percent of phosphorus (P2O5) and 5.07 total percent of potash (K2O).
Still a True Solution
Keller said a lot of liquid fertilizers would have settled out after a short period of time. The 40-year-old NACHURS liquid fertilizer is still a true solution. The high purity of raw materials and the near neutral pH prevented the 5-10-5 analysis from settling out. The consistent and stable fertilizer was stored for four decades without any deterioration.
The fertilizer was brought back to the Marion headquarters and examined by Herb Petrich, President of Nachurs Alpine Solutions from 1953-1963. Mr. Petrich explained that the fertilizer was produced prior to 1949, which was the year Nachurs Alpine Solutions began selling directly to farmers. From 1946-1949, 5 gallon containers such as this one were sold to nurseries, greenhouses, golf courses and institutions. This 5-10-5 analysis was the first formula developed by Nachurs Alpine Solutions in 1946.
The fertilizer that was found was in a tin container. According to Mr. Petrich, tin containerswere only used after World War II due to the difficulty in buying the round 5 gallon drums after the war. The 5 gallon drums were used by NACHURS prior to the war and as soon as they became available after the war (in 1949), the 5 gallon drums were once again used.
Non-Corrosive and Near Neutral PH
Most fertilizers are corrosive and wouldhave rusted through a tin container. Although the exterior of the can had minor atmospheric-caused corrosion, Keller advised that the interior of the tin can had no corrosion. Keller’s analysis of the fertilizer showed that the fertilizer still had a near neutral pH.
Even over 60 years ago, Nachurs Alpine Solutions used only the highest quality raw materials. The raw materials used then differed slightly from the ones used today. The nitrogen was supplied by urea, the phosphorus source was phosphoric acid and diammonium phosphate, and the potash came from dry potassium hydroxide.
Today, the nitrogen in NACHURS fertilizers comes from ammonia, ammonium thiosulfate and white prilled urea. The phosphorus is furnaced grade white phosphoric acid and the potash is liquid potassium hydroxide.
Nachurs Alpine Solutions® is a specialty chemical company that formulates, markets and distributes liquid nutrient materials throughout North America. The liquid fertilizers sold by Nachurs Alpine Solutions are true solution materials that are normally sold by the gallon. In addition to the agricultural product lines, Nachurs Alpine Solutions manufactures and sells similar products to the industrial and service industries.
NACHURS® and ALPINE® liquid fertilizers are sold through over 500 authorized retailers/distributors located throughout North America. Product depots are also strategically located throughout North America for customer convenience.
Trans-Resources, Inc (TRI) is the parent company of Nachurs Alpine Solutions.