The original NACHURS building in Marion, Ohio.

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® was established in 1973 by founder, Doug Wagner. He started producing liquid fertilizer in a shed in his backyard and initially sold his products to friends and neighbors in Ontario.  Word spread quickly about the results they were getting with this new product, and sales and production began to grow rapidly.


By 1975, fertilizer was being shipped to Michigan


In 1976, shipments began to Ohio. In succeeding years, large volumes of product were shipped into the American marketplace and in order for ALPINE to meet this demand


CORYDON, INDIANA Alpine manufacturing facilities

A new manufacturing facility was built in 1983 in Corydon, Indiana


In 1986, in order to keep up with the demand in the Canadian marketplace, a new office and warehouse were built in New Hamburg, Ontario, along with a new computerized mixing system.

Throughout the years, an extensive research program has been carried out, to ensure that the best products and programs are made available to our customers.  Over time, ALPINE has established itself as the leader in the liquid fertilizer business in Canada.


In 1996, Doug Wagner retired from the company to pursue other interests and ALPINE was sold to KRG Capital of Denver, Colorado


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.


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.


Today, Nachurs Alpine Solutions is a leading manufacturer of “hot mix liquid fertilizers” in North America providing quality products since 1946.



Today, Nachurs Alpine Solutions® (NAS) is a leading manufacturer of liquid fertilizers in North America providing quality products since 1946. NAS has manufacturing plants in New Hamburg, Ontario; Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan; Marion, Ohio; Corydon, Indiana, Red Oak, Iowa and St. Gabriel, Louisiana.  NAS markets specialty precision liquid in-furrow starters, foliar fertilizers, and micronutrients for field and specialty crops under the ALPINE brand in Canada. NAS is owned by Wilbur-Ellis.

Wilbur-Ellis, founded in 1921, is a leading international marketer and distributor of agricultural products, animal nutrients, and specialty chemicals and ingredients. Wilbur-Ellis acquired NAS in November, 2019. Wilbur-Ellis and NAS share the same priorities. Both companies are absolutely committed to safety while delivering value for our customers. Increasingly, that means innovating and partnering with customers to improve their productivity and profitability, while at the same time helping them reduce their environmental footprint.

Today Wilbur-Ellis, NAS, and ALPINE liquid fertilizers are positioned very well to serve the agricultural marketplace in Canada.  Locally manufactured products and global operational experience make NAS among the most efficient producers of quality products. The future growth of the ALPINE Brand in the Canadian agricultural marketplace is enhanced by this position.

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