In 1917, Farmers Co-Op Elevator Co. was originally based in Jamestown and was formerly known as Jamestown Cooperative Elevator Company. Within two years the company had expanded into Hudsonville and Vriesland and changed the name to Farmers Co-Op Elevator Co. to reflect the broader scope of its focus. Diversification has been the underlying success of the company, seeing opportunities to service our members and meet their needs. Acquisition and start ups have taken place over the years, some successful and others not. But today, Farmers Co-Op Elevator Co. operates in Hudsonville with a retail store, a commercial turf division (Michigan Turf & Ornamental), a commercial horticultural division (Box & Basket), and administrative offices. In Vriesland, Farmers Co-Op operates a feed mill facility, an agronomy plant, an energy division and is in partnership with the Vriesland Country Store gas station and convenience store. A lot has changed over the past 100 years, technology, acreage farmed, and crop yields, but Farmers Co-Op remains at its core the customer centered organization that was started back in 1917.
Proposed Bylaw Amendments 1021 for the Farmers Coop Elevator Bylaw Amendments, October 2021.