Media Release: Sprague Pest Solutions Named A Top 100 Company

MEDIA RELEASE: Sprague Pest Solutions Named A Top 100 Company

Sprague’s Next Generation of Leaders Recognized by NPMA

Tacoma, Wash. (June 19, 2015) – Tacoma-based Sprague Pest Solutions ( moved up one spot to 28th on the 2015 Pest Control Technology magazine Top 100 List, an annual compilation of the leading pest management companies in the United States. The list was included in the magazine’s May issue (

Sprague, a fourth-generation, family-owned company, is part of a nationwide industry that generated an estimated $7.4 billion in revenue in 2014 – a 3.5 percent increase from the previous year – and that has experienced consistent growth over the last five years.

The company provides vital preventive and remedial pest management and consulting services to leading food processing, healthcare, hospitality, education, agriculture, education and multi-family housing facilities in the Pacific Northwest and Western Mountain regions. It operates service centers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Colorado.

In addition to protecting clients’ facilities from pests including rodents, ants, cockroaches, bed bugs, nuisance birds, stinging insects, stored product pests, and flies, Sprague offers specialty technical services including heat treatments, fumigations, fumigation alternatives, large-scale bird exclusion and employee training.

“We are proud and humbled to once again be named to PCT magazine’s Top 100 List,” says Alfie Treleven, CEO and president of Sprague Pest Solutions. “Being named to the list is more than just securing a position or ranking, it is a reflection of more than eight decades of consistently delivering quality, innovative pest management services to our valued commercial and residential clients, and investing in exceptional people to care for these clients.”

The company also announced that two if its next generation of leaders – Ross Treleven and AJ Treleven – have been recognized by the National Pest Management Association as members of the Next Generation of Leaders in the Pest Management Industry. Ross is district manager for Sprague with responsibility for the company’s Seattle, Salt Lake City and Denver service centers. AJ is the service center manager for the company’s Utah operations. The pair was profiled in the May/June issue of Pestworld magazine (

Sprague Pest Solutions, founded in 1926, is a Copesan Services partner (

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Media Contact:
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Sprague Pest Solutions
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Young farmers from New Zealand, Tasmania visiting mid-valley

Seventeen young farmers from New Zealand and Australia toured mid-valley farms and agribusinesses Wednesday, hoping to pick up pointers to use in their own farm and ranch operations.

The group, composed primarily of members of the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) in Templeton, New Zealand, will spend three weeks in the United States with stops in Oregon, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, and North and South Carolina.

The mid-valley tour was arranged by Halsey farmer James VanLeeuwen, who has made numerous ag-related trips to New Zealand over the years.

“The goal is to get them learning,” said FAR research manager Richard Chynoweth. “They really wanted to come to the States. We hope this helps upscale them and give them the confidence needed to grow their operations.”

According to Chynoweth, although similar crops are grown in Oregon and New Zealand, including wheat and grass seed, farms are much smaller in New Zealand.

The group arrived in Portland on Saturday and has been winding its way to the mid-valley, spending time in Amity and Silverton en route.

Wednesday’s tour included stops at Crop Production Services in Tangent, Mike and Tami Coon’s Oak Park Farms near Shedd, Smith Seed in Halsey, lunch at Larry and Margaret Warfel’s farm on Peoria Road, Ore Pac straw processing in Junction City, field tiling by Dave Neal, OSU Hyslop Research Station, and supper at Eats and Treats in Philomath.

Felicity Mason, 31, lives on a 6,000-acre farm and ranch in Tasmania.   She hopes to learn how American farmers can make larger, more expensive equipment work financially.

“We raise sheep and beef cows, plus some crops,” she said. “I’m interested in the economies of scale. How you can tie up so much money in equipment and make it work?”

Mason is touring on her own and connected with the FAR tour through VanLeeuwen.

“I’m really interested in field tilling,” she said. “I want to stay long enough to see some of the harvest, and then I’m meeting a friend and we’re going to tour central and eastern Oregon.”

Mason is also impressed that although farms here are larger in scale, they’re still primarily owned by families, not out-of-state corporations.

“That’s not always an easy thing to do,” she said.

Craig Clucas, 29, farms about 400 acres and raises rye, wheat, barley and kale that is used to feed dairy cattle. “We have a few sheep, too,” he said.

The Templeton area, which is near Christchurch, gets about 30 inches of rain annually and some crops are irrigated, much like the mid-valley.

“I’m picking up some ideas,” he said. “I really wanted to experience America, especially meet rural people.”

Stephen Blain and Tom Copland, both 27, said they were enjoying their visit, but said their farming area is much smaller than the Willamette Valley’s.

“We’re bordered by mountains and the ocean,” Blain said. “We grow wheat, grass seed, peas, radishes, spinach and hemp.”

Blain said 2,000 acres would be a big farming operation in his area of New Zealand.

“The average is probably 700 to 800 acres,” he said.

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