Growmark

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GROWMARK, Inc.
Type agricultural supply cooperative
Industry Agriculture
Predecessor(s) FS Services and Illinois Grain
Founded 1980
Headquarters Bloomington, Illinois, USA
Website www.growmark.com

GROWMARK, Inc., is a regional agricultural supply cooperative operating primarily in the Midwest and Northeastern United States and Ontario, Canada.[1] Its local member cooperatives commonly use the name FS. GROWMARK ranks 75th on the ICA Global 300 2008 list of mutuals and cooperatives (ranked by revenue). .[2]

The organization now known as GROWMARK started in 1927 when nine of the local agricultural supply cooperatives in Illinois, which had started early in the 1920s, formed Illinois Farm Supply Company. In 1955, the company adopted the FS trademark, which has remained in use by its member cooperatives since then. In the 1960s, the company moved from Chicago to Bloomington, Illinois, merged with Farm Bureau Service Company of Iowa to form FS Services, Inc., then merged Wisconsin Farmco Service Cooperative and Producers Seed Company into itself as well. FS Services and Illinois Grain Corporation merged in 1980 to form Growmark, Inc.[3]

It entered the northeastern U.S. market in 2002 by purchasing Agway's seed and agronomy businesses, including Seedway.[3][4]

GROWMARK has several popular retail brands, among them AgriVisor, Archer Lubricants, FAST STOP, the FS System, Green Yard, Home Grown Values, MID-CO, Seedway, STAR Energy, and United Lubricants,[5]

Canada[edit]

GROWMARK gained the 37 member cooperatives in Ontario when it acquired United Co-operatives of Ontario in 1994.[3] In Canada, Growmark owns FS Partners, which has partial ownership of Norfolk FS and provides for Haldimand County, Norfolk County, Kitchener, Waterloo, Oxford County, and Middlesex County.

Executives[edit]

  • Chief Executive Officer - Jeff Solberg.
  • Vice President, Grain - Brent Ericson
  • Vice President, Finance and Risk Management & Chief Financial Officer - Marshall Bohbrink
  • Vice President and General Counsel - Brent Bostrom
  • Vice President, Eastern Retail Operations - Steve Buckalew
  • Vice President, Energy - Kevin Carroll
  • Sr. Vice President, Member Services and Retail - Dennis Farmer
  • Vice President, Midwest Retail & Acquisitions - Shelly Kruse
  • Vice President, Agronomy - Jim Spradlin
  • Vice President, Human Resources and Compliance - Gary Swango

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us — FAQ's". GROWMARK, Inc. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  2. ^ ICA Global, ICA Global retrieved on 10 August 2009.
  3. ^ a b c "GROWMARK History". GROWMARK, Inc. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  4. ^ Agway, Inc. (2002-12-18). "SEC Form 8-K, accession number 2852-2-48". Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  5. ^ http://www.growmark.com

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