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Fifty years ago independent merchants from the lawn & garden and farm chemical industries had a very unique vision. These pioneers joined together to own and operate their own manufacturing and supply company; the newly formed Voluntary Purchasing Groups, Inc. was the first organization of its kind. H. Dean Smith stated in VPG’s First Annual Report that 1968 marked an important milestone. He said, “To our knowledge, never before have independent merchants in these industries joined together to own and operate their own manufacturing and supply organization.” The power in that ownership offered control, protection and profitability. This has remained true to this day!

What they seeded with a $400.00 investment and cultivated with hard work and dedication has thrived over many generations. Patrons have since earned over $285,000,000 in patronage refunds.

Steve Money, current CEO and President states in his recent letter to the many patrons of today, “The last half-century has been an incredible and rewarding experience creating a company that empowers locally owned merchants. Thank you for 50 great years of loyalty and achievement. Working together, the next 50 will bring continued prosperity and success!”