Business Briefs for Sept. 16

Ralco welcomes new associate swine nutritionist Dr. Jacob Richert

Ralco welcomes Dr. Jacob Richert as its new Associate Swine Nutritionist. With a Ph.D. in swine nutrition from Purdue University, a master’s degree in swine nutrition from Kansas State University and a bachelor’s degree in animal production from Purdue University, Dr. Richert brings a wealth of knowledge to the Ralco Swine Technical Team.

In his new role, Dr. Richert will play a key part in developing and supporting swine nutrition and health products at Ralco. He will also provide technical assistance to account managers and their customers, focusing primarily on the Eastern Corn Belt.

“I’m excited to work at a company that encourages innovative thinking,” said Dr. Richert. “Ralco stood out to me for its use of natural ingredients that promote animal health and performance, all while improving profitability for the producer. I wanted to be part of a team with a strong culture and a meaningful mission of producing high-quality pork, and Ralco offered me just that.”

“I’m thrilled to have Dr. Jacob Richert on board,” said Dr. Russell Fent, Ralco’s Director of Swine Technical Services. “His level-headed approach, attentive listening skills and deep understanding of customer needs make him the perfect addition to our team. He can provide the exceptional service and knowledge our customers require to evolve in the industry.”

Dr. Richert recently relocated to Marshall from Lafayette, Indiana. When he isn’t working, he enjoys fishing, hunting and cheering on the Minnesota Vikings football team. He’s also an active member of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS).

AP Designs acquires Mailboxes & Parcel Depot

AP Designs Inc today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Mailboxes & Parcel Depot, a pack and ship store located in Marshall.

AP Designs is in its 34th year of business and specializes in helping customers enhance their branding through signs, vehicle wraps, decorated apparel, promotional items and awards.

Mailboxes & Parcel Depot is an independently owned and operated packing, shipping, printing and business services center, that features authorized shipping services with UPS, FedEx, USPS, SpeeDee Delivery, and DHL.

Effective Sept.18, Mailboxes & Parcel Depot will be rebranded as “Send It” and relocated to the AP Design building at 501 S Highway 23 near the intersection of Hwy 23 and Canoga Park Drive (near Marshall Spas and Pools).

Send It will offer shipping services with the same carriers and will continue to feature shipping supplies and packing services. The store will be located within the AP Design lobby and will be combined with AP Design’s other products and services.


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