In 1958, armed with an entomology degree from UC Davis, Jon Jessen moved to Yuma, AZ. It was there that he met and married his wife Liney, a school teacher who was the youngest daughter of a farmer who cleared their family farm around 1915. Liney taught school, made their home, and raised their four children while helping Jon as he tirelessly worked to establish a new business scouting cotton, alfalfa, grass seed and vegetable crops for pests. He called his new business Growers Scientific Services. Still headquartered in Yuma, AZ, Jon’s enterprise became Gowan Company. With his daughter Juli now at the helm as CEO, Gowan has grown into a global agricultural input business with over 20 entities in 11 countries selling critical crop protection solutions to growers across the globe.

 

 Below are just a few milestones that have led Gowan to the unique company it is today:

  • 1964 Growers Scientific Services started (field scouting service for insects)                                 Jon Jessen circa 1964
  • 1965 Dune Companies of Yuma and Imperial Valley started (retail)
  • 1974 Gowan Company formed
  • 1976 Gowan Milling formed (contract formulation)
  • 1993 Gowan de Mexico organized
  • 1996  Desert Depot started (warehousing)
  • 1997 Gowan Seed began
  • 1997 Gowan Comércio Internacional e Serviços Limitada incorporated (International sales)
  • 1999 Mark Jessen, Jon's son, becomes Gowan's first Europe-based employee
  • 2000 Dune company of Salinas started
  • 2004  Juli Jessen, Jon's daughter, named CEO of Gowan Company
  • 2004 Canyon partnership created with Nissan Chemical
  • 2004 Gowan Agro Canada formed
  • 2005 Gowan Espanola Fitosanitarios established                                                                                  
  • 2005 Gowan Italia established
  • 2007 Gowan USA established commercial office in Overland Park, KS           
  • 2010 Dune Company of Mexicali opens
  • 2010 Gowan France formed
  • 2011 Gowan India formed
  • 2016 GCIS becomes Gowan Crop Protection Limited out of UK
  • 2016 Gowan Belgium formed
  • 2017 Gowan Chile formed