International Forest Company (IFCO) was purchased by Patrick Mobley and his two brothers in 2004. At that time, IFCO was headquartered in Odenville, Alabama and producing approximately 15 million containerized pine seedlings per year. In 2006, the company’s headquarters were moved to Moultrie, Georgia where they are still located today. In 2008, all production was moved to Moultrie, and the container seedling production began increasing at a rate of over 8 million seedlings per year. In 2013, IFCO purchased the Evans, Louisiana location and converted the facility into a containerized pine seedling nursery along with an operating seed orchard. The Moultrie and Evans locations produce 115 million container pine seedlings per year and are the two largest nurseries of their kind.
As IFCO’s need for seed increased, it was decided in 2013 to form International Forest Genetics and Seed (IFG&S) to not only help IFCO bring the best genetics possible to the timber industry but also to do their own research & development. Today, IFG&S operates in 15 different seed orchard locations throughout the southeast and is more than capable of supplying all high genetic gain seed needed by IFCO.
In 2016, Patrick’s son, Preston Mobley, returned home to be a part of the family business and insure its future success. Also, in 2016, IFCO purchased four bareroot nursery locations from Weyerhaeuser Company. These nurseries are located in Washington, North Carolina; Jesup, Georgia; Camden, Alabama and Shubuta, Mississippi, and this positioned IFCO to offer two different deployment types for high-end genetics across the southeastern United States. Together these nurseries have the capability to produce 145 million seedlings per year. Today, IFCO’s 260 million seedling capacity represents 25 percent of the southern pine seedling market and covers twelve states in the southeast. IFCO is dedicated to having the highest quality customer service and bringing the best genetics to the U.S. timber industry. We are proud to be family owned and operated.