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History

Start of Business

On February 18, 1915, a meeting of 34 local farmers was called for the purpose of organizing the Farmers Elevator Company. Shares of stock at $100.00 per share were subscribed for at this meeting. The stockholders elected the following Board of Directors: F. C. Semin, (President of the Board) Anton J. Bruner (Secretary-Treasurer) John Chmelka, John Jakub, John Lanspa, William Witzel, Jr., and Raymond M. Rerucha. A special board meeting was held in which it was decided not to purchase either of the two existing elevators in Brainard, but to instead build a new 33,944 bushel facility at the cost of $9,000.00, along with coal bins at the cost of $500.00. The contractor for this building project was G. H. Birchard.

Purpose & Goals

The first articles of incorporation provided the company the ability to buy and sell grain, livestock, lumber, coal, lime and similar articles. The December 20, 1999 revised articles of incorporation provided the company to buy, sell, handle, ship, manufacture, process, grade, market, store and warehouse agricultural products, equipment, and supplies used or consumed in the production of agricultural products; to carry on any related activity or business; and to act as agent, broker, or representative for its stockholders and patrons.

Improvements & Growth

Formerly known as Farmer's Cooperative Company, the business stayed as a single location until 1969, when it merged with Dwight Farmers Coop. The company experienced growth and acquisitions for several decades, and in 1990, the Frontier Cooperative Company brand was established. In 2014, Frontier Coop and Husker Coop merged, doubling the size of the customer base and the number of locations. Today, Frontier Coop owns and operates 22 grain, fertilizer, and aerial locations.

Managers & Employees

The first manager was Charles Moriarty. William A. Malovec replaced Charles Moriarty who resigned after being manager for 2 months. In 1969, Gene Stara became manager of Frontier Coop. Stara remained general manager until his retirement in 1996. Since February 1996, the General Manager of Frontier Cooperative has been Randy Robeson. In the late 1960s, Farmers Cooperative had approximately five full-time employees and one part-time employee. Currently, Frontier Cooperative Company has about 200 full-time and part-time employees.

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