Kocide LLC Acquisition of DuPont Copper Fungicide Facility in Houston Finalized Ensuring High Quality Production of Agriculture’s Well Known Kocide® Disease Control Products to Continue Undisrupted

COLUMBIA, Maryland — Kocide LLC has completed its acquisition of a state-of-the-art copper fungicide production facility in Houston, Texas from E.I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company (“DuPont”). The acquisition of the facility began December 1, 2014 when Mitsui & Co., Ltd (“Mitsui”) acquired DuPont’s Kocide® and ManKocide® copper fungicide assets for Kocide LLC, Mitsui’s wholly owned subsidiary, to manage the assets.

Glen Johnson, Kocide LLC President and CEO, said, “We now control the production of our products from raw ingredient to finished goods which ensures our customers receive the highest quality copper based fungicide/bactericide products on the market.

“Additionally, we are benefiting from the transfer of manufacturing knowledge and product innovation between Kocide LLC and Spiess Urania, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui which manufactures and markets leading copper fungicide brands across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia,” Johnson said. Spiess Urania Chemicals GmbH is based in Germany.

Kocide LLC is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland. Its Kocide® branded copper fungicides are registered in more than 75 countries where they are a critical component of fungal and bacterial disease management on vegetable, tree and vine crops.