Minnesota co-op members vote to join CHS

by World Grain Staff
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ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, U.S. — Members of Ostrander Farmers’ Co-op, Ostrander, Minnesota, U.S., have voted to merge with CHS Inc., and combine operations with the CHS Grand Meadow business, CHS announced on Sept. 17. The group began operations Sept. 10, with plans to complete the merger in the next 30 to 60 days.
“We are confident this decision brings expanded opportunities for our members,” said Rick Jahn, board of directors president, Ostrander Farmers’ Co-op. “Our customers will continue to have the quality products and services they’ve come to expect with the added advantage of strong CHS connections to global supplies and markets.”
“The business opportunity is a strategic move for both companies,” said John McEnroe, executive vice-president, CHS Country Operations. “And it aligns well with the CHS commitment to helping our farmer-owners grow their businesses.”
“Our geographies and services match up well, making the combination a plus for both companies with efficiencies and enhanced services,” said Deke Stejskal, general manager at Grand Meadow.
Patrons of Ostrander Farmers’ Co-op should expect a smooth transition with a continuity of services as the company moves to operate under the CHS name.
Serving area farmers for more than a century, Ostrander Farmers’ Co-op offers agronomy and feed, as well as grain marketing and handling services at four locations in Minnesota and Iowa.
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