CHS to combine Washington-based ag retailers

by Holly Demaree
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The groups are expected to begin operating as one on Sept. 1.
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ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, U.S. — The two producer boards of Washington, U.S.-based CHS ag retailers — CHS Connell Grain and CHS Sun Basin — will combine to meet the growing needs of farmers and other customers in eastern Washington. The two boards agreed that consolidating their operations would be in the best long-term interest of patrons and their communities, CHS said.

“Our businesses are financially strong, but as the agricultural landscape continues to change with larger and larger operations, we need to keep up with the changing needs of our patrons with competitively priced products and services,” said Jed Pauley, board chairman, CHS Sun Basin. “Together, we’ll be able to reach efficiencies and service levels we could not have achieved individually.”

Pending appropriate due diligence, the groups expect to begin operating as one CHS business on Sept. 1, 2017. A search has begun to name a general manager for the new operation. Customers should expect a smooth transition with little change in their day-to-day experience during this time.

“By merging into one, we will bring a new level of cooperation into the Columbia Basin,” said Wayde Hudlow, board chairman, CHS Connell Grain. “We will be able to provide a higher level of service to our customers and gain operational efficiencies to further enhance our strong financial positions – a long-term value for our employees, customers and patrons.”

As full-service ag retailers, CHS Sun Basin and CHS Connell Grain collectively serve farmers and other customers in eight counties in eastern Washington.
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