Elburn Cooperative grain terminal expansion project set for summer

By JESSICA BOURQUE at Morris Daily Herald: jbourque @shawmedia.com

MORRIS – Larger, faster and more efficient: That’s what the CHS Elburn terminal hopes to be after it makes $10 million in capital improvements to its Morris facility.

The co-op already has built a larger storage bin, grain scale, main office, motor control center and parking lot as part of the expansion project.

Elburn terminal manager Jeff Neisler said the company is set to begin construction in June on two additional storage bins and faster shipping apparatuses, with hopes of having the entire project completed by harvest time in October….

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Northern Illinois Alliance Acquires Agronomy Supply Operations Of Kaufman Ag Services

CRESCENT CITY, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014 — Northern Illinois Alliance (“NIA”) in Crescent City, Ill. is pleased to announce it has acquired the Agronomy Supply Operations of Kaufman Ag Services in Onarga, Ill. 

Kent Kaufman, owner of Kaufman Ag Services, will continue with Northern Illinois Alliance as the Sales and Plant Manager. Kaufman explains, “Since 1979, it has been my privilege to serve the producers of this area their fertilizer, chemical, and application needs. Teaming up with Northern Illinois Alliance will enable me to tap into their vast reserve of products, equipment, and expertise to provide an enhanced level of service to our customers.”

Northern Illinois Alliance will continue to operate the agronomy plant on Highway 49. John Husk, Board Chair of Northern Illinois Alliance, explains, “This partnership with Kent allows us to continue to grow our footprint in the area. We are pleased to have Kent as part of our team, and we look forward to offering complete agronomic services to our customers in the Crescent City area.”

About Northern Illinois Alliance

Northern Illinois Alliance is a joint venture between Minneapolis-based CHS, Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, and CHS Elburn, an integrated agriculture supply cooperative headquartered in Sycamore, Ill. With operations beginning in September 2013, NIA offers agronomic retail products and services with 40,000 tons of dry storage, 15,000 tons of liquid storage, 50-car rail siding, a full team of professional agronomy staff, and remodeled office facilities, with many future additions planned.

Northern Illinois Alliance Acquires Agronomy Supply Operations of Kaufman Ag Services

CRESCENT CITY, Ill., Jan. 8, 2014 — Northern Illinois Alliance (“NIA”) in Crescent City, Ill. is pleased to announce it has acquired the Agronomy Supply Operations of Kaufman Ag Services in Onarga, Ill. 

Kent Kaufman, owner of Kaufman Ag Services, will continue with Northern Illinois Alliance as the Sales and Plant Manager. Kaufman explains, “Since 1979, it has been my privilege to serve the producers of this area their fertilizer, chemical, and application needs. Teaming up with Northern Illinois Alliance will enable me to tap into their vast reserve of products, equipment, and expertise to provide an enhanced level of service to our customers.”

Northern Illinois Alliance will continue to operate the agronomy plant on Highway 49. John Husk, Board Chair of Northern Illinois Alliance, explains, “This partnership with Kent allows us to continue to grow our footprint in the area. We are pleased to have Kent as part of our team, and we look forward to offering complete agronomic services to our customers in the Crescent City area.”

About Northern Illinois Alliance

Northern Illinois Alliance is a joint venture between Minneapolis-based CHS, Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, and CHS Elburn, an integrated agriculture supply cooperative headquartered in Sycamore, Ill. With operations beginning in September 2013, NIA offers agronomic retail products and services with 40,000 tons of dry storage, 15,000 tons of liquid storage, 50-car rail siding, a full team of professional agronomy staff, and remodeled office facilities, with many future additions planned.

Elburn Cooperative is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Bulk Fuel division of Petersen Fuels, Inc. in Hampshire, Ill.

Effective Oct. 1, CHS Elburn will continue to service all existing customers of Peterson Fuels, Inc. We look forward to working with our new customers and are excited to have a bulk fuel facility in Hampshire to better serve our existing customers throughout our northern footprint. We welcome Steve Gustafson, Petersen Fuels driver, as he will become an CHS Elburn employee upon the acquisition and will continue to provide service to his customers. CHS Elburn intends to renovate the existing facility in the very near future expanding its capacities, and we look forward to being a part of the Hampshire community.

Northern Illinois Alliance Opens for Business

SYCAMORE, IL, Aug. 1, 2013—The Northern Illinois Alliance (NIA) opened its doors for business today at the former CHS terminal in Crescent City, IL.

The Alliance—a joint venture between Minneapolis-based CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, and CHS Elburn, an integrated agriculture supply cooperative headquartered in Sycamore—will offer agronomic retail products and services.

“We are excited at being in the area,” says John Husk, CEO and general manager of CHS Elburn. “We are bringing our advanced toolbox of retail agronomic solutions to the areas, and we are eager to meet with producers and share with them what we can offer to help them succeed.”

The formation of NIA was announced in June. In the intervening weeks, company leaders have been interviewing prospective staff members and updating various systems to meet the needs of a retail location.

NIA, located at 900 Jerry Ash Ave., Crescent City, offers patrons 40,000 ton of dry storage, 15,000 ton of liquid storage, and 50-car rail siding. CHS will continue to operate its wholesale fertilizer business from this location. Planned improvements include:

  • Adding full team of professional agronomy staff
  • Remodeling office facilities
  • Installing dry mixing capabilities
  • Installing liquid fertilizer, a chemical loading with blending capabilities
  • Becoming a full-service seed location with seed treatment and bulk seed

For more information about the Alliance and its services, call Dave Myers at 815 899 8964.

Elburn Cooperative Welcomes Badger Grain

CHS Elburn has completed its acquisition of Wisconsin-based Badger Grain Co., taking over ownership of the company as of July 8.

Badger customers will continue to receive the same excellent, personalized service as before, says John Husk, general manager of CHS Elburn. Additionally, patrons will benefit from planned expansions of services including agronomy services and supplies as well as fuels.

Elburn’s newest location is at 461 W. Madison St., Darien, Wis. offers patrons grain merchandising services as well as grain drying and storage.  In addition the Darien customers will have the benefit of additional farm to market trucking services utilizing Elburn’s tractor trailer fleet.

“This acquisition enables us the opportunity to increase services for patrons in southern Wisconsin,” says Husk. “Furthermore, it gives us the ability to load rail cars bound for the Chicago corn processor market. It also adds to our current presence in the truck to processor and river market in which we are a major player.

“The ability to participate in all regional markets improves our ability to add value to our patrons,” Husk adds.

Call 262-882-4222 to contact CHS Elburn’s Darien location.

CHS Inc. and Elburn Cooperative to open joint agronomy retailer in Crescent City, Illinois

ST. PAUL, MINN., June 13, 2013 – CHS Inc., an energy grains and foods company and the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, and CHS Elburn, an integrated grain and ag retail company headquartered in Sycamore, Ill., today announced creation of a joint venture company which will offer agronomy retail products and services. The new company will be based out of the existing CHS crop nutrients operation in Crescent City, Ill. CHS will continue to operate its wholesale fertilizer business from this location.

Current CHS wholesale operations staff, along with new retail sales and additional operations hires, will be ready to serve area farmers in early September 2013. In addition to staffing, modifications to the current load-out capacity and office building, along with delivery of custom application equipment and product inventory are necessary before then.

“Expanding our retail geographic footprint to Crescent City fits our company’s strategic growth plan very well,” said John Husk, CEO and general manager of CHS Elburn. “Having CHS as our partner in this venture is very exciting. We look forward to bringing Elburn’s advanced toolbox of retail agronomy solutions to the area to help those growers succeed.”

“We are excited to work with a partner like CHS Elburn that shares our focus on providing local expertise and exceptional customer service,” said John McEnroe, executive vice president, CHS Country Operations. “Working together is one more way we stay true to helping our owners grow.”

CHS Elburn (chselburn.com ), in business since 1921, serves its owner-farmers as a full-service supplier of agronomy, feed, seed, energy and grain marketing services from 12 locations in north central Illinois and south-central Wisconsin.

CHS Inc. (www.chsinc.com) is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS, a Fortune 100 company, supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, livestock feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are based on management’s current expectations and assumptions. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the potential results discussed in the forward-looking statements. The company undertakes no obligations to publicly revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances. For a discussion of additional factors that may materially affect management’s estimates and predictions, please view the CHS Inc. annual report filed on Form 10-K for the year ended Aug. 31, 2012, which can be found on the Securities and Exchange Commission web site (www.sec.gov) or on the CHS web site www.chsinc.com.

For more information contact:

Lani Jordan, CHS Inc.

651-355-4946

lani.jordan@chsinc.com

 

Dave Myers, CHS Elburn

815-899-8964

dave.myers@chselburn.com

Elburn Cooperative Acquires Badger Grain Co.

SYCAMORE, IL, June 4, 2013—CHS Elburn Co. announced today the purchase of Badger Grain Co. of Darien, Wis.

The acquisition gives CHS Elburn the ability to increase services for patrons at the northern edge of its current service area, says John Husk, general manager of CHS Elburn, and Badger Grain customers will gain access to CHS Elburn’s enhanced resources, including crop production products.

“This investment provides a wonderful opportunity for both Badger and CHS Elburn,” adds Husk. “We’re now able to bring our rail and truck capability to the Chicago-area market. This capability, combined with our experience on the Illinois river System brings additional value to Badger’s customers.”

Badger Grain Co. has been owned and operated for the past 30 years by the Lawton family of Darien. Eric Lawton will continue to manage the Darien facility.

There are no plans to close sites or lay off Badger employees, Husk adds.

“An important part of this partnership is the management and employees of Badger,” Husk says. “The Lawton family and their employees have run a business that is known for its honesty and integrity. This philosophy tracks exactly with the CHS Elburn philosophy. I believe we will learn as much from their management and employees as they will learn from us.”

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