Pylar named new Valent Turf Midwest territory manager

Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced Rob Pylar has joined the company as a turf territory manager in the Midwest region.

As a Valent territory manager, Pylar will work closely with turf and landscape professionals throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. Valent’s extensive product portfolio continues to grow, including Tourney Fungicide, Arena Insecticide, Safari Insecticide, Stellar Fungicide and Velocity Herbicide.

“I am very excited to be joining the Valent team. Having worked with Valent as a distributor representative, I know that the company has an excellent reputation in the industry,” Pylar said. “This business always has and always will be driven by work done in the field. With my knowledge of the region and the relationships I’ve developed over the past two decades, I believe I’m well-positioned to help both Valent and the turf and landscape professionals in my area meet their goals.”

Pylar, 39, graduated with a certificate of studies in turfgrass management from Michigan State University and has spent 19 years working in various positions within the golf course, fertilizer and chemical distribution, and chemical manufacturing/marketing industries. Originally from Detroit, Pylar has spent his entire professional career in the area for which he will be responsible at Valent.

Most recently, he served as a technical field representative in Indiana and Michigan for the W.A. Cleary Corporation. Prior to that, he was the Michigan facility manager and a territory manager in Northern Ohio and Southeast Michigan for Agrium Advanced Technologies (then U.A.P. Professional Products).


“It’s a customer-driven business and people want to do business with people they’re comfortable with, people they have experience with,” Pylar said. “I understand the culture, the economy and the agronomic issues people here deal with on a daily basis.”

Frank Fornari, national sales manager for Valent Professional Products, said Pylar’s experience makes him a natural fit on the Valent team.

“In a region facing special challenges in the landscape and turf markets, including the continued infestation of its ash trees by the devastating emerald ash borer, Rob’s knowledge and relationships will help him hit the ground running,” Fornari said. “He has strong ties to this area and understands how to help turf and landscape professionals achieve their goals and solve problems unique to their geography.”

Valent Professional Products serves the areas of tree, turf, greenhouse/nursery and landscape ornamentals as well as industrial vegetation management. Valent professional products include Arena® Insecticide, BroadStar™ Herbicide, DiPel® PRO DF Biological Insecticide, Distance® Fire Ant Bait, Distance® Insect Growth Regulator, Envoy Plus® Herbicide, Fascination® Plant Growth Regulator, Gnatrol® Biological Larvicide, Overture® Insecticide, Payload™ Herbicide, ProGibb® T&O Plant Growth Regulator, Safari® Insecticide, Stellar® Fungicide, Sumagic® Plant Growth Regulator, SureGuard® Herbicide, Tame® Insecticide, TetraSan® Miticide, Tourney® Fungicide and Velocity® Herbicide.

For more information about Valent’s Professional Products, Valent U.S.A. Corporation or our full product line, call 800-89-VALENT (898-2536), or visit the Valent Professional Products Web site at