In 1956 John B. Swisher founded United Feeds with just two employees and $25,000. Now the company is one of the largest private Indianapolis companies, with more than 400 employees and eight different grain facilities. JBS United Inc. now specializes in research based animal nutrition products, grain merchandising, livestock production and environmental consulting services. This Indianapolis business serves the top hog producers in the industry.
This Indy agribusiness had humble beginnings, inside a small realtor’s shack for 10 years. In that time, JBS United Inc. introduced low inclusion rate premix packages, which are now the standard in the industry. Hoosier farmers have been relying on this Indianapolis business for years.
The company takes great pride in their low prices. They maintain a close relationship with customers, and there is never a middle man. JBS United Inc. uses no distributors and very little advertising. Customers only pay for feed, technology and service. In 1970, the company built its first research farm, with customer needs in mind. Today there are several research facilities that together conduct over 400 trials each year. Company researchers correspond with local Indiana colleges, scientists abroad and boar studs.
In recent years, John B. Swisher was awarded an honorary Ph.D. from Purdue University. His business has won several awards, and there is an award given by JBS United Inc. each year. The John B. Swisher Annual Leadership Award is given to a person who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the swine industry. The award is presented annually at the World Pork Expo.
At JBS United Inc. customers get specialized attention because of the company’s advanced computerized record service. There is a huge 25-year-old database of more than 400 farms. Business expansion has been a primary aspect of JBS United Inc., and in 1975 they purchased a regional feed manufacturer. This helped the company grow considerably, along with a series of mergers in the early 1990s.
JBS United Inc.
4310 State Road 38 W
Sheridan, IN 46069
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