The “Project 2020: Consolidate and Grow” includes two primary phases. The consolidation phase includes four location closures in Leland, Parkersburg, Bristow and Coon Rapids, closing or seasonalizing several grain assets, shifting agronomy product lines to regional hubs with central dispatch and a five percent reduction in staff across all part-time and full-time employees.
CEO Milan Kucerak says “We know these changes deeply impact our work family and the decisions have been difficult. While never easy, we need to make changes in order to move our business forward on behalf of our farmer-owners.”
The growth phase is currently underway for the cooperative. It is a variety of multi-million dollar projects that are expected to be implemented through the 2020 fiscal year. The steps include automating grain assets and agronomy hubs, building greenfield grain/agronomy hubs in currently underserved markets, standardizing processes and procedures, and continued focus on staffing efficiencies.