Who is United Cooperative?

 

United Cooperative is a full-service cooperative offering feed, grain, agronomy and energy products to farmers and consumers in the Midwest. 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

2010s

  • 2018 - Acquired several ADM grain locations in Boscobel and Belmont, Wis. Added covered bunker storage at South Beaver Dam (1 million bushels), Ripon South (1 million bushels), and Westfield (500,000 bushels); dry fertilizer plants at Coleman and South Beaver Dam; Greenville retail hardware store and convenience store with fueling islands; Horicon rail scale and pit with 20,000 bushel receiving capacity; grain storage bins at Oshkosh (1.2 million-bushels), and  Sauk City (675,000-bushels); and Wilton feed warehouse.
  • 2017 - Merged with Greenville Cooperative in Greenville, Wis.
  • 2016 – Built 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 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 feed business from Agri Blenders, Ripon
  • 2010 – South Beaver Dam liquid fertilizer storage (10,000 tons)

2000s

  • 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, Mich.; Purchased a feed mill and warehouse site in Columbus from Land O'Lakes.
  • 2008 – Reedsburg liquid fertilizer plant added.
  • 2007 – United Ethanol building 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; constructed an 800,000-bushel flat storage building at South Beaver Dam
  • 2005 – Pickett Cooperative merger; built agronomy plants at Pickett and Deerfield; built 20,000-ton 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
  • 2002 – Purchased Johnson Creek grain location
  • 2001 – Acquired Paul’s Propane, Horicon
  • 2000 – Added Fall River and Reedsburg Agronomy locations from Agrilance; acquired Randolph Feed Mills

1990s

  • 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
  • 1993 – Acquired Jackson Agronomy
  • 1992 – Acquired Ashippun Agronomy
  • 1991 – Acquired Don’s Elevator, Allenton, and Hartford Elevator

1980s

  • 1989 - Purchased South Beaver Dam for grain and agronomy; Built Beaver Dam Ponderosa
  • 1988 – Built feed mill and agronomy facility in Beaver Dam; acquired the Amco dealership
  • 1985 – Acquired Iron Ridge Cooperative and Hartford Cooperative
  • 1984 – David A. Cramer named President and CEO

1970s

  • 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 named General Manager

1930s

  • 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.