The United Cooperative story
United Cooperative was incorporated on Jan. 27, 1936. Over the years, there have been many mergers and expansions to better accommodate our customers and the modernizing agricultural industry.
United Cooperative is a full-service cooperative offering feed, grain, agronomy, and energy products to south-central, south-west, and north-east, Wisconsin farmers and consumers. United Cooperative exists to provide our patron members with the best possible value and return on investment, backed by exceptional service and professionalism. The United Cooperative main office is located in Beaver Dam, Wis.
David Cramer started as president and CEO of United Cooperative in March, 1984; and, he continues to hold that position today.
Over the years, many building projects and mergers helped create the quality, profitable, and convenient force we call United Cooperative, today.
- 1985: Acquired Iron Ridge Cooperative
- 1988: Built feed mill and agronomy facility in Beaver Dam
- 1989: Purchased South Beaver Dam for grain and agronomy
- 1989: Built Beaver Dam Ponderosa restaurant
- 1990: Acquired Don’s Elevator in Allenton and Hartford Elevator on Wacker Drive in Hartford
- 1994: Built Hartford Ponderosa restaurant
- 1995: Built new feed mill in Hartford
- 1996: Purchased Horicon grain location
- 1996: Acquired Mayville Cenex Propane
- 1998: River Valley/Deerfield cooperative mergers
- 1998: Corporate name changed to United Cooperative
- 2001: Acquired Pahl’s Propane in Horicon
- 2002: Purchased Johnson Creek grain location
- 2004: Built 17,500-ton capacity liquid fertilizer storage at South Beaver Dam
- 2004: Started organizing efforts to build United Ethanol, LLC in Milton, Wis.
- 2005: Pickett Cooperative merger
- 2005: Built agronomy plants in Pickett and Deerfield
- 2005: Built 24,000-ton capacity dry fertilizer storage at South Beaver Dam
- 2005-2007: United Ethanol building process and beginning operations
- 2006: Purchased Ripon grain location
- 2007: Merged with Co-op Country Partners, based out of Baraboo
- 2007: Expanded dryer and grain storage at multiple elevator locations
- 2008: Expanded agronomy location in Reedsburg
- 2009: Acquired ownership in Carbon Green BioEnergy, Woodbury, Mich., and Big River United Energy, Dyersville, Iowa
- 2009-2010: Expanded dryer and grain storage at multiple elevator locations
- 2010: Addition of 10,000 tons of liquid fertilizer storage at South Beaver Dam
- 2011: Purchased the feed business from Agri Blenders in Ripon
- 2012: Merged with Pulaski Chase Cooperative, Pulaski; Mid-County Cooperative, Shawano; and Cooperative Services, Denmark
- 2012: Purchased Auroraville (near Berlin) grain location
- 2013: United Cooperative merged with Hillsboro Farmers Cooperative Warehouse
As part of our energy division, United Cooperative is an investor in three corn-ethanol-production facilities, including being managing member of United Ethanol LLC, Milton, Wis. United Ethanol LLC began operating on March 29, 2007, and is producing approximately 3,900,000 gallons of ethanol per month. On top of generating fuel that helps to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and making the air we breathe cleaner, United Ethanol converts approximately 45,000 bushels of corn per day, further supporting American farmers. United Ethanol produces dry distiller's grain and modified distiller's grain, co-products of ethanol production, for use in dairy, swine and beef production. They also recover CO2 through a liquefaction plant and sell it for use in the food processing, beverage, oil recovery, municipal water treatment, and chemical industries. Corn oil from United Ethanol is used in biodiesel production.
Today, United Cooperative continues to achieve high standards of excellence in all four of our divisions, feed, grain, agronomy, and energy.