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Trimble Partners with U.S. Sugar for Agriculture Solutions
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 17, 2012—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that it will supply information management solutions that can increase efficiencies and productivity for U.S. Sugar Corporation, one of the nation's largest fully-integrated producers of sugar cane and refined sugar.
Trimble information management and precision agriculture solutions and services assist growers throughout every step of the farming process—from land preparation to planting, nutrient and pest management to the harvesting phases of a crop cycle. The agreement with U.S. Sugar is the next step forward to apply these solutions and services to an established world agricultural market.
U.S. Sugar produces more than 750,000 tons of refined sugar per year and is one of the nation's largest privately-held agricultural firms. Trimble will supply U.S. Sugar solutions that will enable better decision making across the company's entire operations through integrated management and information exchange.
"The agreement will allow Trimble, an expert in creating precision agriculture and information management solutions, to develop innovations for the sugar industry that will significantly benefit the production and operational management capabilities for U.S. Sugar," said Erik Arvesen, vice president for Trimble's Agriculture Division. "We are excited to work closely with a solid corporate partner like U.S. Sugar who just celebrated 80 years of business and look forward to supplying industry-leading solutions that will support their future growth strategy."
"Aligning with Trimble fits our long-term strategy to be the most globally productive and efficient sugar business," said Kenneth W. McDuffie, senior vice president, Agricultural Operations for U.S. Sugar. "We believe this alliance is a solid, long-term investment for our company and for our shareholders."
About U.S. Sugar Corporation
U.S. Sugar Corporation is one of the country's largest privately-held agricultural firms. The Company farms 180,000 acres of the most productive farmland in the United States. In 2008, its newly consolidated and automated milling and refining facility at Clewiston became the world's largest vertically integrated sugar cane milling and refining operation—capable of processing 38,000--42,000 tons of sugar cane per day and producing ~750,000 tons of refined sugar per year. In addition to sugar and citrus farming and processing, the Company also owns a short-line railroad—the South Central Florida Express.
For more information, visit www.ussugar.com.
About Trimble's Agriculture Division
Trimble's Agriculture Division is a leader in precision agriculture and guidance, operating globally with resellers throughout the world. Trimble's Connected Farm™ solutions help customers operate farm vehicles and implements more efficiently, save on input costs, and can increase yield and productivity. Solutions include vehicle and implement guidance and steering; application control for seed, liquid, and granular products; laser- and GPS-based water management technology; record keeping and seamless field-to-office information management.
For more information, visit: www.trimble.com/agriculture.
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location--including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Investor Relations Contact: Willa McManmon of Trimble: 408-481-7838
Media Contact: LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808