March 7, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Following months of study and preparations after initial discussions began one year ago, the Boards of Directors of both Central Valley Ag Cooperatives (CVA) and United Farmers Cooperative (UFC) have unanimously approved and entered into a Letter of Intent to finalize an Agreement and Plan of Merger, which, if approved by the members and stockholders of the respective cooperatives would result in the merger of the two cooperatives into one entity.
Board Chairman for Central Valley Ag, Dave Beckman, recognizes the value this proposal would bring to member-owners. “The merger of CVA and UFC is a tremendous opportunity to position two financially strong cooperatives to meet the needs of our patrons for many years to come,” said Dave. “Agriculture continues to change and evolve at a rapid pace, which in turn requires our cooperatives to have the vision to change and expand our abilities to compete in a global market place for the benefit of our membership”
Doug Moon, Board Chairman for United Farmer’s Coop agrees that this merger is the right move for both cooperatives. Doug said, “I think this merger is very good for the patrons of CVA and UFC because we have two strong, successful cooperatives combining resources to be even more prepared to meet tomorrow’s challenges in agriculture. It will allow us to better serve our customer’s needs today and remain relevant as we explore new opportunities to create additional value.”
United Farmer’s Coop serves patrons in 22 counties in Nebraska and Kansas from 32 locations by a team of more than 235 fulltime employees. UFC strives continuously to fulfill their mission, “to provide innovative products, services and information that grows stakeholder value.”
Adding value to member-owners is extremely important to Carl Dickinson, CEO of United Farmer’s Coop. “As a Cooperative, we continually focus on creating and adding value for our owners. In my career, I have never seen a potential opportunity such as this merger for increased savings, expanded services and facilities and equity redemption for the farmer owners of both CVA and UFC. This merger will position the new CVA to create value for our owners long into the future.”
Central Valley Ag’s mission also focuses on the importance of its customers: “Dedicated professionals providing innovative solutions that yield profit for our customers.” CVA has a team of 494 employees to provide grain, agronomy and feed services to customers at 34 locations throughout 27 counties in Nebraska.
Central Valley Ag’s CEO, Doug Derscheid also realizes the benefits this merger would bring to customers. “It’s all about meeting and exceeding our customer/owner expectations. Successful companies continually reinvent themselves to keep current with an ever-changing market place and the changing needs of their customers. Cooperatives should be no different,” states Doug. “This combination will drive our quest to be of the size and scale to compete in the global market place for the benefit of our member-owners.”
March 6, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
The City of Elgin last month pledged $5,000 in sales tax/economic development funds to the Elgin Community Club for the purchase of a new electronic sign for the community.
On Monday night, the Elgin City Council was asked to clarify where those funds were to be used.
Elgin Area Development Corporation President Janet Koinzan wanted to know if those funds were meant specifically for the sign’s current location. She and EADC board member Bruce Clark (not at the meeting) would like to see the Elgin Community Club, owners of the sign and property it sits on, place a new community sign at the intersection of Highways 14 and 70 on EADC property. To that end, Clark has offered to buy the land the sign currently sits on; he owns a rental home directly south abutting the property.
Mayor Mike Schmitt said the base for the community sign is already there (at the present location). The community club’s plan is to use the base and install a new two-way electronic sign inside it where the letters now are displayed.
“We thought it’s foolish to tear down,” Schmitt said about the City’s decision in February, noting the cost which would be incurred for a new base if the sign were moved to a new location.
Councilmen Ken Jochum and Jim Kittelson both agreed they didn’t want the community sign at the corner of Highways 14 and 70.
Koinzan said the EADC plans to sell a portion of the corner lot to an adjacent landowner and may use what’s left of the property, after the house is torn down, to place a ‘Welcome To Elgin’ sign.
Council member Shirley Nissen said she, and others she believes, would not donate any money if there’s going to be controversy over the sign location.
“If you want two signs, then you raise the money for the second one,” she told Koinzan.
The discussion concluded with no change to the city’s designation of funds for the community sign.
March 6, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Neither snow, nor wind nor cold temperatures this weekend could stop the staff at Town & Country Veterinary Clinic (T&CVC) from getting ready for their move to a new location here in Elgin.
At 4 p.m. on Monday, it became official. They are now downtown at 119 S. 2nd Street - the former Village Craftsman building adjacent to the KC Hall.
According to T&CVC partner Dr. Jeremy Young, their former building had seen better days.
“It had been used as the veterinary building since the mid-90s,” he said.
Before then, it was a private residence. Time has taken a toll on the structure and the building has passed beyond a repairable state.
Young says the Elgin Area Development Corporation has an agreement to purchase the lot with plans to tear down the structure and develop it.
Young, with the help of family and his Elgin staff (Kari Schindler and Chris Redding), has spent the last week or so doing a lot of packing, patching and painting.
“We have almost triple the space of the old building,” Young explains.
“We’ll eventually be able to do large animal services indoors and we’re working on an indoor kennel area. Over time, we’ll be able to expand our services and capacity”.
In the meantime, Young and staff will be just trying to settle in and continue doing what they’ve been doing.
March 1, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Cold temperatures, wind and snow greeting the Elgin area today (March 1st). One event (PJCC Speech Meet) was cancelled but the little kid’s wrestling tournament went on as scheduled with a good turn-out! Maybe the “February thaw” will be coming for us in March! E-R photo
February 27, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
The Wolfpack Dance Team participated - for the first time ever - at the Nebraska State Dance Contest. The contest was held this past Saturday in Grand Island. The team placed third in Jazz and seventh in Pom.According to sponsor Lauren Vaisvilas, the team competed in the C2 class on Saturday afternoon. “It was a long day,” she said, as the competition started at 3:30 and the girls didn’t finish until 9:15 that night. Vaisvilas said each team performed once in each of their categories. Congratulations to the team! Wolfpack dance team members this year who competed at the state competition Saturday were (front row, l-r): Kayla Nelson, Jill Schindler, Jordan Mescher, Casey Pelster, Allison Beckman and Sharla Schindler. Back row: Ivy Prater, Karissa Dicke, Liz Selting, Taya Voborny and Brie Gossman. E-R file photo