In 1977, Winston Handwerker founded a cotton marketing firm predicated upon grower relationships developed over 30 years. The result was the formation of W.P. Handwerker & CO., Inc. in Fresno, California. Shortly thereafter, an office was opened in Phoenix to serve the desert southwest growers of Arizona.
These offices served the marketing needs for western cotton growers, gradually building a volume in excess of 400,000 bales of California and Arizona cotton. W.P. Handwerker & Co. became a major source of Western U.S. cotton for both domestic and export markets.
In 1990, upon the retirement of Mr. Handwerker, the firm continued as Handwerker-Winburne, Inc. under the direction of G.W. Winburne, previously Vice President and manager of the Arizona office.
Handwerker-Winburne, Inc. is an active member of the Western Cotton Shippers Association, the American Cotton Shippers Association, and the National Cotton Council. It continues in its original objective to serve the marketing needs of progressive cotton producers throughout the west. Sound marketing strategies, professional service and a solid world-wide reputation have been the cornerstones of it's continued success.