J.D. Heiskell & Co. Purchases Commodity Specialists Company Holdings, Inc.

RELEASE DATE: January 2, 2019

[OMAHA, NE] J.D. Heiskell & Company (JDH) announced today that it has completed the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Commodity Specialists Company Holdings, Inc. (CSC) an agri-products trading and marketing company based in Minneapolis, MN. CSC also has a principal office in Kansas City, MO.

CSC will be re-named CSC Gold, Inc., dba Commodity Specialists Company.

JDH Senior Vice President and Director for Corporate Risk, Charles Tsatsos, will oversee CSC Gold. “Our complimentary cultures, footprints and business models should offer many synergies and I look forward to working with the teams at CSC and JDH to maximize opportunities as we move forward. Our business partners should notice no change in the service levels provided by either company”.

“I am proud of the customer focus and entrepreneurial spirit that CSC employees bring to the market each and every day” said CSC’s President Phil Lindau. “We are excited about the opportunity to combine forces with JDH, which will allow us to continue and even expand our customer-centered strategies for many years to come.”

About JDHCo: J.D. Heiskell Holdings LLC [dba J.D. Heiskell & Co.] (www.heiskell.com) is a privately-held, professionally-managed commodity trading and livestock feed manufacturing enterprise conducting business across the breadth of the continental United States, Mexico, and the Pacific Rim. Founded in 1886 and continuously owned since then by the Heiskell and Hillman families, the company was identified as number 132 of the top 250 privately-held companies in the United States by Forbes magazine (December 2017 issue).

About CSC: CSC traces its roots back 70 years when a small group was formed to increase the value of by-product feed streams at food processing companies. This idea developed into the first domestic merchandising group focused primarily on feed by-products, including soybean products, cottonseed products, corn by-products and other oilseed products. Industry veteran Ross Brainard will continue to manage the CSC Gold traders. CSC was also a pioneer in the wet feed business over 40 years ago. Tom Wilkinson will remain in his lead role in the CSC Gold brewer’s grain segment.