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Combining to strengthen service to Washington producers

The two producer boards of Washington-based CHS ag retailers CHS Connell Grain and CHS Sun Basin came together several months ago to discuss how best to serve the growing needs of farmers and other customers in eastern Washington. From those discussions, the two boards agreed that consolidating their operations would be in the best long-term interest of patrons and their communities. 

“Our businesses are financially strong, but as the agricultural landscape continues to change with larger and larger operations, we need to keep up with the changing needs of our patrons with competitively priced products and services,” says Jed Pauley, board chairman, CHS Sun Basin. “Together, we’ll be able to reach efficiencies and service levels we could not be achieved individually.”

“By merging into one, we will bring a new level of cooperation into the Columbia Basin,” says Wayde Hudlow, board chairman, CHS Connell Grain. “We will be able to provide a higher level of service to our customers and gain operational efficiencies to further enhance our strong financial positions – a long-term value for our employees, customers and patrons.”

Pending appropriate due diligence, the groups expect to begin operating as one CHS business on Sept. 1, 2017. A search has begun to name a general manager for the new operation. Customers should expect a smooth transition with little change in their day-to-day experience during this time.

As full-service ag retailers, CHS Sun Basin and CHS Connell Grain collectively serve farmers and other customers in 8 counties in eastern Washington.