ABS Global, Inc.


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Company Profile

Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, ABS Global is the world-leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, technologies and uddercare products. Marketing in more than 70 countries around the globe, ABS has been at the forefront of animal genetics and technology since its founding in 1941. ABS Global is part of Genus Breeding, a division of Genus plc. Genus plc is headquarterd in England.
Business Sectors
Pharmaceuticals   Human Diagnostics  
Med or Lab Devices   Lab Reagents or Services  
Drug Manufacturing   Food & Agribusiness
CRO   Bioinformatics or Software  
Company History
ABS was founded in 1941 by J. Rockfeller Prentice. It operated independently as a sole proprietorship until being purchased by W.R. Grace & Co. on September 1, 1967. Grace sold ABS to Protein Genetics, Inc. in August 1994 for $39M. PGI was a holding company with a mix of corporate, investor institutions and individuals as shareholders, controlled by Ardshiel. PGI held ABS until November 1999 when it was sold to Genus plc, an England based agriculture company. Genus has holdings in not only bovine A.I. (the largest A.I. company in the UK) but also in ag consulting and a veterinary supply distribution company.

LEADERSHIP ROLL: J. Rockfeller Prentice 1941-1968; Robert E. Walton PhD 1968-1989; John J. Sullivan PhD 1989-1991; Jack E. Shelton 1991-1996; Marc van't Noordende 1996-2000; Ian Biggs 2000-present.
ABS Global, Inc.
Address 1525 River Road
[Map] Deforest
Phone 608-846-3721
Fax 608-846-6329
Website Link
Head Ian Biggs
Company Statistics
Global Headcount 400
Local Headcount 214
Year Founded 1941
Ownership Subsidiary
Stock Exchange

Parent Company
Divisional Level Genus Breeding
Senior Level Genus PLC [UK]
Global Headcount 2118
Website Link
Stock Exchange LSE
Reference Documents
2008 - Wisconsin Still World Class in Artificial Insemination [View]
Genus PLC Annual Report 2011 [View]