AgroSpray Limited of Tillsonburg Ontario Appoints New President and Chief Operating Officer

TILLSONBURG, ON, Feb 1, 2016 /CNW/ - AgroSpray Limited, a private family owned custom fertilizer business based in Tillsonburg, Ontario is pleased to announce that Matthew Esseltine is the new President & Chief Operating Officer (COO) effective immediately.

It was a tragic day for family, friends, coworkers, and the Tillsonburg community when Jane and Phil Esseltine lost their lives in a plane crash. The Esseltines owned and ran AgroSpray, a farm chemical firm started by Jack Lanthier, Jane's father, in London and that moved to Tillsonburg in the '70s. Founded in 1959, the company grew steadily over the years with an emphasis on providing environmentally sound approaches to agriculture and helping farmers be successful.

The AgroSpray business has now been passed into the hands of the third generation, to Phil and Jane's son and daughters, Matt, Claire, and Lisa. The company will now be led by Matt Esseltine. Matt has worked with AgroSpray over the last 10 years in a variety of roles, with progressively more senior positions. The promotion of Matt provides a seamless transition in the business because of good succession planning, training, long term relationships with loyal customers, and a seasoned sales team.

Matt was born and raised in Tillsonburg, graduating high school in 1996, and attending Fanshawe College in London in 1998. His courses in college included Business Marketing and Construction Technology. Matt worked in various capacities as a summer student in his earlier school years and joined AgroSpray on a fulltime basis in 2006. Matt was being groomed by his parents and colleagues to take over leadership of the Company.

The AgroSpray business today provides products and services to approximately 500 clients, mainly in Southern Ontario, but is growing in markets beyond the Ontario borders. The main product areas where AgroSpray is focused include custom blended liquid fertilizer, fumigant and expert custom fumigation services, parts, equipment and service. AgroSpray is a vital Canadian distributor for liquid fertilizer produced by AgroLiquid, a family owned fertilizer manufacturing company based in the small town of St John's Michigan, a four hour drive from Tillsonburg. Both AgroSpray and AgroLiquid share the commitment to industry leadership in the principles and practices of Responsible Nutrient Management®. AgroLiquid provides advanced crop fertility products and agricultural practices utilizing intense agronomic research and applied technology. AgroLiquid products are unique to the industry because they are highly useable by the crop and therefore, less needs to be applied. These products emphasize the importance of balanced fertilizer formulations that include micro nutrients, precision placement, and prescription programs. To find out more, please visit

SOURCE AgroSpray Limited

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For further information: Matt Esseltine,, 85 Spruce Street, Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada, Ph: 519-842-8408


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