GIBSON CITY – An area ag business has expanded into Ford County. BCS officially opened its new facility near Gibson City last fall and is prepared to serve the farming community in 2019.
The full-service ag chemical location has bulk and packaged products and offers custom application like the company’s other locations near Chenoa and Arrowsmith. You could say the company is getting back to its roots since Don Brucker started his soil sampling business not far away in Melvin several years ago.
“We have been very fortunate with the support we have received being a local company,” Brucker said. “I really think people appreciate that.”
Brucker, the BCS managing member, says soil sampling continues to drive the business since that is what the company was founded on. BCS does things which may not be typical in the soil fertility world but their goal is to increase the customer’s bottom line by being more efficient with fertilizer dollars.
The BCS story began back in 1998 when Brucker bought out a previous employer.
“By 2004, we saw a demand for a retail facility. We felt we could do a better job on applications for our customers and bring them better pricing,” Brucker recalls.
BCS has grown over the years based on demand and meeting their customers’ needs. They are always looking for opportunities, according to Brucker. If there is something they feel would bring value to customers, they will strongly consider it.
The first retail facility was built near Chenoa in 2009 which meant the company could transition from hauling directly from the terminal to the field. A second retail facility near Arrowsmith was added in 2014.
More information can be found on the BCS website at www.soilbalance.com. An online customer portal is now available for customers to login and retrieve soil reports and recommendations.