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Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011

Lawn and garden product distributor Wetsel, Inc. was purchased earlier this month by BFG Supply of Burton, Ohio.

Wetsel was the fifth company to purchase land in the West Hills Industrial Park in East Franklin. Company Vice President Tom Wetsel said employees have all been retained and operations at a Harmony warehouse will be consolidated into the East Franklin location.

According to information filed with the county register and recorder, BFG purchased the business for about $1.8 million.

Wetsel, Inc. is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. With beginnings in Virginia, where the business is headquartered today, Wetsel, Inc. has grown to three locations, including East Franklin.

Daniel Wetsel changed careers from being a blacksmith to raising and selling seed in the late 1800s. The first seed store was opened in Harrisonburg, Va. in 1911, later being known as Wetsel Seed Co.

The operation grew throughout the next several decades as distribution grew to the surrounding states and expansion plans were put in place. The West Hills facility was opened in 1982 and the name was changed to Wetsel, Inc. in 1995 to reflect the business' evolution as a wholesale distributor of seeds and lawn and garden products.

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