|Agricultural marketing cooperative|
Number of employees
|Year round 700, plus 1,500 seasonal|
Michigan Sugar Company is an agricultural cooperative, based in Bay City, Michigan, that specializes in the processing of beet sugar. Founded in 1906, Michigan Sugar sells beet sugar under the brand names Big Chief and Pioneer.
Michigan Sugar operates four beet sugar factories, all located in the U.S. state of Michigan, and operates three shipping and distribution centers in Michigan and the adjacent state of Ohio. The firm has a permanent employment headcount of 700 employees, to which are added 1,500 additional seasonal employees during the times of year when sugar beets are harvested and processed.
During much of its history, Michigan Sugar was a publicly traded, private-sector firm. It was later a subsidiary of Imperial Sugar; after the 2001 bankruptcy of its former parent firm, Michigan Sugar went cooperative in February 2002. Since that time the cooperative has been owned by a consortium of more than 1,000 sugar beet farmers, mostly located in Michigan's Thumb, who grow beets for processing.
- Amalgamated Sugar Company, a parallel firm centering on beet farms in Idaho and Utah
- Western Sugar Cooperative, a parallel firm based in Colorado
- Michigan Sugar Festival, a festival held in Sebewaing, Michigan and dedicated to the sugar beet
- "Michigan Sugar Company". Michigan Sugar Company. Retrieved 2010-06-18.