Who is United Cooperative?

 

United Cooperative is a full-service cooperative offering feed, grain, agronomy and energy products to south-central, southwest and northeast Wisconsin farmers and consumers. United Cooperative exists to provide its patron members with the best possible value and return on investment, and aims to provide all its customers with professional, exceptional service.

United Cooperative was incorporated Jan. 27, 1936, as Dodge County Cooperative. David Cramer was named president and CEO of the cooperative in March 1984, and he continues to hold that position today. The United Cooperative headquarters is located in Beaver Dam, Wis. (see map below)

As a result of several mergers and acquisitions, indicative of the grain and farm supply cooperative industry through the 1990s to today, the company grew beyond the county lines, and the name was changed to United Cooperative in 1998. The timeline below outlines the history of United Cooperative and chronicles its growth to be Wisconsin's largest farmer-owned grain and farm supply cooperative. United Cooperative is ranked #45 on USDA’s TOP 100 Agricultural Cooperatives list (2017).

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Timeline

 

2017

  • Merger with Greenville Cooperative in Greenville, WI. United Cooperative acquires the Feed mill, Grain Elevator, Hardware store, Energy division, and Agronomy Facility
 
 

2016

  • Nine major building projects: Wilton Feed Mill, Shawano Feed Mill; Auroraville Dry Fertilizer Plant; Auroraville Liquid Fertilizer Plant; Rock Springs 1.2-million-bushel bin project; Westfield bin dryer and receiving project; Hillsboro Feed, Farm Supply and Hardware store, including a new fueling site; Hillsboro Maintenance Shop located at current energy site
 
 

2015

  • Acquired AgVentures, LLC and Grain Ventures, LLC in Coleman, Oconto Falls and Shawano.
  • Acquired four grain locations from ADM (Archer Daniels Midland) in Auroraville (Berlin), Oshkosh, Ripon and Westfield.
 
 

 2013

  • Merged with Hillsboro Farmers Cooperative Warehouse
 
 

2012

  • Merged with Pulaski Chase Cooperative, Pulaski; Mid-County Cooperative, Shawano; and Cooperative Services, Denmark
  • Purchased Auroraville grain location (Berlin)
 
 

2011

  • Purchased the feed business from Agri Blenders in Ripon
 
 

2010

  • Addition of 10,000 tons of liquid fertilizer storage at South Beaver Dam
 
 

2009

  • Purchased a 25% share in Big River United Energy (BRUE), LLC, Dyersville, Iowa; Lead the acquisition team and formation of BRUE with the cooperative purchasing a 25% ownership in the 110-million-gallon ethanol plant at Dyersville
  • Invested in Carbon Green BioEnergy, LLC, a 50-million-gallon ethanol plant at Woodbury, Michigan
  • Purchased a feed mill and warehouse site in Columbus from Land O'Lakes
 
 

2008

  • Expanded agronomy location in Reedsburg with a new liquid fertilizer plant
 
 

2007

  • United Ethanol building process completed
  • Merged with Co-op Country Partners, Baraboo
  • Expanded dryer and grain storage at multiple elevator locations, including a 1.1 million bushel grain bin at South Beaver Dam and Sauk City
 
 

2006

  •  Purchased Ripon grain location
  • Sold Plainview Travel Plaza
  • Constructed an 80,000 bushel flat storage building at South Beaver Dam
 
 

2005

  •  Pickett Cooperative merger
  • Built agronomy plants in Pickett and Deerfield
  • Built 20,000-ton capacity liquid fertilizer storage at South Beaver Dam
  • United Ethanol organizing, fundraising and construction began
 
 

2004

  •  Built 24,000-ton capacity dry fertilizer storage at South Beaver Dam
  • Started organizing efforts to build United Ethanol, LLC in Milton, Wis.
 
 

2002

  • Purchased Johnson Creek grain location
 
 

2001

  •  Acquired Paul’s Propane in Horicon
 
 

2000

  •  Added Fall River and Reedsburg Agronomy locations from Agrilance and acquired Randolph Feed Mills
 
 

1998

  •  Acquired Mayville Cenex Propane
  • River Valley/Deerfield cooperative mergers
  • Corporate name changed to United Cooperative
 
 

1996

  • Purchased Horicon grain location
 
 

1995

  • Built new feed mill in Hartford and relocated Iron Ridge fertilizer and chemical plan to Hartford site
 
 

1994

  • Built Hartford Ponderosa restaurant
 
 

1993

  • Acquired Jackson Agronomy Business
 
 

1991

  •  Acquired Ashippun Agronomy
 
 

1990

  •  Acquired Don’s Elevator in Allenton and Hartford Elevator in Hartford
 
 

1989

  • Purchased South Beaver Dam for grain and agronomy
  • Built Beaver Dam Ponderosa restaurant
 
 

1988

  • Built feed mill and agronomy facility in Beaver Dam; acquired the Amco dealership
 
 

1985

  •  Acquired Iron Ridge Cooperative & Hartford Cooperative
 
 

1984

  •  David A. Cramer is hired as President and CEO
 
 

1977

  • Western Dodge County Cooperative merges with Mayville Co-op Association, forming one of the largest Cooperatives in Wisconsin with 5,118 members
 
 

1973

  • James R. Bischoff becomes General Manager
 
 

1936

  • Incorporated on Jan. 27, General Manager: Harry Gritzmacher
 
       
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United Ethanol Relationship

  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.