Highlights of our history of growth.
1929 - North Pacific Grain Growers, Inc. (NPGG) is organized as a regional cooperative, with 60 affiliated local cooperatives. The original 17-member board of directors holds its first meeting Dec. 19, 1929, at Lewiston, Idaho.
1931 - Cenex, originally the Farmers Union Central Exchange, is founded January 15. First offices are in downtown St. Paul, Minn.
1932 - In conjunction with other regional cooperatives, National Cooperatives (later named Universal Cooperatives) is organized.
1935 - Cenex moves from rented offices in St. Paul to its own new office, warehouse and oil blending plant in South St. Paul, Minn.
1938 - The Farmers Union Grain Terminal Association (GTA) opens for business in St. Paul, Minn., on June 1 with 121 local affiliated cooperatives. The new regional cooperative operates one terminal elevator in St. Paul and two branch offices located in Duluth, Minn., and Great Falls, Mont.
1938 - NPGG moves its office to Portland, Ore.
1942 - GTA moves into wheat milling with the acquisition of Amber Milling Co. in Rush City, Minn.
1943 - GTA purchases the St. Anthony and Dakota and Winter-Truesdell-Dierks elevator lines, marking the beginning of the GTA Line Division. The purchase includes a series of lumberyards that later form Great Plains Supply.
1943 - An oil refinery at Laurel, Mont., is purchased and a one-third interest in the National Cooperative Refinery Association at McPherson, Kan., is acquired.
1945 - Cenex enters the feed, plant food and seed business.
1946 - Cenex expands plant food operations by becoming a major stockholder of CF Industries.
1949 - GTA acquires the Minneapolis Great Northern and Superior (Wis.) Spencer-Kellogg terminals.
1957 - Cenex builds a new four-story office building at 1185 North Concord, South St. Paul, Minn.
1960 - A 424-mile petroleum products pipeline from the Laurel Refinery to a terminal at Minot, N.D., is completed.
1960 - GTA purchases the Honeymead soybean processing plant and the Archer Daniels Midland elevator line in southern Minnesota.
1962 - NPGG dedicates its new export terminal at Kalama, Wash., located on the lower Columbia River.
1971 - Cenex begins supplying 60 cooperatives in the Pacific Northwest formerly served by Grange Cooperative Wholesale.
1972 - Cenex enters the transportation business by acquiring Northern Cooperative Services of Wadena, Minn.
1975 - GTA adds a branch office in Portland, Ore., and opens a barge-loading terminal on the Mississippi River at Winona, Minn., and begins leasing the St. Paul Number Two Terminal, a corn and soybean barge-loading terminal on the Mississippi.
1976 - Utah Cooperative Association joins Cenex, adding 13 locally owned cooperatives.
1977 - Cenex begins serving Pacific Supply Cooperatives, adding 67 local cooperatives in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
1978 - Cenex introduces the first "pay at the pump" technology.
1981 - Solar Gas is purchased, making Cenex one of the top 10 propane suppliers in the nation.
1982 - Cenex acquires Western Farmers Association, based at Seattle, Wash., making it the largest cooperative supplier in the Pacific Northwest. 1982 - GTA opens a truck-rail-barge terminal at Savage, Minn.
1983 - North Pacific Grain Growers and GTA merge to form Harvest States Cooperatives.
1986 - Harvest States sells Froedert Malt Corporation. 1987 - Cenex joins with Land O’Lakes to form the Cenex/Land O’Lakes Ag Services marketing joint venture.
1988 - First CENEX® convenience store opens.
1992 - Cenex completes 256-mile pipeline extension in North Dakota.
1992 - Cenex acquires majority ownership (74.2 percent) of the 75,000 barrel per day National Cooperative Refinery Association at McPherson, Kan.
1992 - Harvest States and Continental Grain enter a joint venture, the Tacoma Export Marketing Co. (TEMCO) at Tacoma, Washington, for feed grain shipments to Pacific Rim countries.
1993 - Cenex members officially adopt CENEX, Inc., as the regional cooperative’s name.
1993 - Southwest Grain, Gladstone, ND, regionalizes with Harvest States, becoming a division of the Farm Marketing & Supply Group. Regionalization is a unique concept pioneered by Harvest States that combines local control with the services and marketing reach of a regional cooperative.
1994 - Harvest States acquires an export elevator at Myrtle Grove, La., and a river terminal at Davenport, Iowa, to strengthen its capabilities for originating and shipping grain for export.
1995 - Cenex constructs 302-mile crude oil pipeline near Cut Bank, Mont., to its Laurel refinery.
1995 - Harvest States’ annual grain volume tops 1 billion bushels for the first time in history.
1995 - Harvest States and Wilsey Foods, a subsidiary of leading international trading firm Mitsui & Co. Ltd., form a joint venture, Ventura Foods, purchasing a food processing plant at Chambersburg, Pa.
1998 - Cenex and Harvest States unite on June 1 to form an integrated agricultural foods system linking producers to consumers.
2001 - CHS announces a joint venture, Horizon Milling, LLC., in flour milling with Cargill, Inc., with a total of 21 mills. CHS producers will be the primary supplier of wheat for the alliance, which will be able to serve bakery and other flour customers nationwide.
2002 - CHS acquires Agway’s Grandin, N.D.-based Sunflower business.
2003 - The grains and foods division of CHS announced the opening of a wholly owned subsidiary originating and marketing soybeans from Brazil to customers nationwide.
2003 - The company adopts CHS Inc. as its legal name effective August 5. All operating divisions carry the CHS name; although Cenex remains the company's energy brand.
2005 - CHS announces $325 million coker project at Laurel, Mont. refinery.
2005 - Ventura Foods acquires Maries® and Dean's® dressings and dips.
2006 - CHS system marks 75th anniversary.
2007 - CHS opens grain marketing offices in Switzerland and China.
2008 - CHS begins Black Sea operations in Ukraine.
2009 - CHS expands global presence with grain export venues in Australia, Ukraine and Russia and a grain marketing office in Argentina.
2010 - CHS opens grain trading office in Argentina and grain and crop nutrients office in Amman, Jordan.
2011 - CHS acquires grain company Agri Point Limited in the western Black Sea region, with facilities in Bulgaria, Hungary, Rumania and Serbia.
2012 - CHS posts record fiscal 2012 earnings of $1.26 billion.
2012 - CHS completes soy protein firm acquisition in Israel, China and Nebraska
2013 - CHS returns record $600 million to cooperative owners.