International Division Inc. founder Forest Lipscomb Jr. died Feb. 27 at the age of 88, according to an article by the Springfield Business Journal.

Lipscomb had been suffering from throat cancer and late last year sold the Springfield-based company, more commonly known as InDiv, to eight employees, with majority shareholder Jose Sala taking over as president.

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His career began at Lipscomb Grain & Seed Co., where he later was president. He started InDiv in Trinidad, West Indies, in 1958 and incorporated it in the U.S. in 1964. The company exports poultry farming equipment to customers primarily in Mexico, South America and parts of Asia.