SFP honored by national and Kansas City business communities

LEAWOOD, Kan. (Oct. 29, 2009) – SFP is recognized by the national and Kansas City business communities by ranking on Inc. magazine’s annual “Inc. 500” list, and its list of 100 fastest-growing U.S. manufacturing companies. Locally, SFP received the 2009 top ranking on Ingram’s “Corporate Report 100” and the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Champions of Business” award.

“SFP is humbled and honored to be a part of and recognized by the business community,” says Dr. J. Larry Sanders, president and CEO of SFP. “We’ve always considered ourselves a research and development company with one goal in mind: helping the farmer improve production efficiencies. Eleven years and 32 employees later, our commitment to agriculture remains priority as we strive to help meet the challenges of sustainable food and fiber production.”

In August, Inc. magazine ranked SFP No. 28 in its annual “Inc. 500,” a list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in America, and No. 1 in its list of 100 fastest-growing manufacturing U.S. companies. In 2008, SFP ranked No. 450 in the Inc. 500 and No. 8 in the manufacturing category.

In July, SFP was named No. 1 on Ingram’s “Corporate Report 100,” which recognizes the Kansas City-metro’s 100 fastest-growing companies. SFP received the “Champions of Business Award” in May from the Kansas City Business Journal, which honors area companies that have exhibited sustained financial excellence over a three-year period, innovation and community involvement. This is the first time SFP has received either local honor.

SFP, a research and development company, has spent a decade solving some of agriculture’s long-standing fertilizer inefficiency challenges. Its two products – AVAIL®, a phosphorus fertilizer enhancer and NutriSphere-N®, a nitrogen fertilizer manager, help today’s growers maximize the efficiency of the fertilizer they apply. In 2007, SFP’s NutriSphere-N was voted AgProfessional magazine’s “Editors Choice New Product of the Year” and “Readers Choice New Product of the Year.” In 2008, SFP was recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing privately-held companies in America, ranking No.8 in the manufacturing category.

About the Inc. 500
The Inc. 500, introduced in 1982, is an annual ranking of the top 500 fastest-growing, private U.S. companies. The Inc. 500 ranks companies according to percentage of revenue growth from 2005 through 2008. Companies must be U.S.-based, privately held and independent.

About Ingram’s “Corporate Report 100”
Now in its 24th year, the annual Ingram’s “Corporate Report 100” recognizes Kansas City-metro’s 100 fastest-growing companies. Companies with at least $1 million in revenue in 2008 are ranked by revenue growth between 2005 and 2008 to comprise the “Corporate Report 100.”

About the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Champions of Business”
The Kansas City Business Journal’s third-annual Champions of Business awards program honors area companies that have exhibited sustained excellence. An independent panel of judges based their selections on financial success during a three-year period, innovation and community involvement.
For more information about SFP and its line of fertilizer enhancement products, call 1-888-446-GROW or visit www.sfp.com.

About SFP
Headquartered in Leawood, Kan., SFP is an innovative agricultural company that has developed a line of revolutionary products to improve fertilizer efficiency. The company’s flagship products, AVAIL® Phosphorus Fertilizer Enhancer and NutriSphere-N® Nitrogen Fertilizer Manager, are designed to be added to a farmer’s existing fertilizer to improve availability of the nutrients, in turn boosting crop yield potential by 10 to 15 percent. The company operates management, research, and manufacturing facilities in Kansas, Illinois and Ohio and has relationships with key distributors throughout the United States. In addition to domestic operations, SFP’s international distribution includes Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand and the Philippines. For more information on SFP and its products, visit www.sfp.com.

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