Tillman Producers Co-op, an ag cooperative based out of Frederick, Oklahoma, officially began operating as part of CHS, the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative on March 3. The group joins the CHS ag retail unit based in western Oklahoma and now operates under the legal name of CHS Inc. Voting members of Tillman Producers Co-op approved the merger with CHS last fall.
“As we move forward, we are committed to securing relevant growth and expansion opportunities that protect our members’ equity while helping them grow their operations,” said Jason Kroener, general manager of the CHS ag retail unit that Tillman Producers Co-op is joining. “I look forward to working with the employees in Frederick, Davidson and Red River cotton gin locations as we focus on our shared purpose of creating connections with our farmers.”
“We were looking at many different ways our cooperative business model could remain sustainable into the future as we grow to meet our members’ increasing needs,” said Tillman Producers Co-op Board Chair Nathan Kreutziger. “CHS is the best partner to bring long-term value to our members and a strong future for all our employees.”
“We are confident that this is the best next step as we continue to grow and look for new ways to help our members and employees succeed,” said Brandon Winters, Tillman Producers Co-op president and CEO.
“We welcome Nathan, Brian Mitchell and Adam Brockriede to our board and look forward to working with them,” said L.J. Reherman, local Oklahoma producer board chair, CHS.
Patrons should expect a smooth transition, including continuity of staffing at all current locations. Winters will oversee the Frederick, Davidson and Red River cotton gin locations, reporting to CHS General Manager Jason Kroener in Okarche.
Established in 1934, Tillman Producer Co-op has served Oklahoma farmers and other customers with a full complement of agronomy, energy and grain programs and products. Its cotton gin operation has served Plains Cotton Cooperative Association grower-members for 20 years.