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Our History

Our History

Highlights of our history of growth.

  1. 2010s

    2019 - CHS fully acquires West Central Distribution
    2017 - Jay Debertin named president and CEO
    2016 - CHS completes investment in CF Industries Nitrogen, LLC
    2015 - CHS issues CHSCL, Class B, Series 4 Preferred Stock.
    2014 - CHS returns record $637 million to its owners.
    2014 - CHS issues CHSCN, Class B, Series 2 and CHSCM, Class B, Series 3 Preferred Stock.
    2014 - CHS acquires Rochelle, Ill., ethanol plant.
    2014 - CHS joins Cargill and ConAgra Foods to create Ardent Mills, a flour milling company.
    2013 - CHS issues CHSCO, Class B Reset Rate Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock.
    2013 - CHS and Ruralco form joint venture with Australian grain company Agfarm.
    2013 - CHS opens Taiwan and Uruguay offices.
    2012 - CHS enters Canada with Alberta agronomy acquisition.
    2012 - CHS completes soy protein firm acquisition in Israel, China and Nebraska.
    2011 - NCRA buyout agreement takes place.
    2011 - CHS acquires Creston Bean Processing, LLC, in Creston, Iowa.
    2011 - CHS acquires grain company Agri Point Limited in the western Black Sea region, with facilities in Bulgaria, Hungary, Rumania and Serbia.
    2010 - CHS opens grain trading office in Argentina and grain and crop nutrients office in Amman, Jordan.

  2. 2000s

    2009 - CHS expands global presence with grain export venues in Australia, Ukraine and Russia and grain marketing office in Argentina.
    2008 - CHS begins Black Sea operations in Ukraine.
    2007 - CHS opens grain marketing offices in Switzerland and China. 
    2006 - CHS system marks 75th anniversary.
    2005 - Ventura Foods acquires Maries® and Dean's® dressings and dips.
    2005 - CHS announces $325 million coker project at Laurel, Mont., refinery.
    2003 - CHS issues Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (CHSCP), Class B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock.
    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.
    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.
    2002 - CHS acquires Agway’s Grandin, N.D.-based sunflower business.
    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.

  3. 1990s

    1998 - Cenex and Harvest States unite on June 1 to form an integrated agricultural foods system linking producers to consumers.
    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.
    1995 - Harvest States annual grain volume tops 1 billion bushels for the first time in history.
    1995 - Cenex constructs 302-mile crude oil pipeline near Cut Bank, Mont., to its Laurel refinery.
    1994 - Harvest States acquires an export facility at Myrtle Grove, La., and river terminal at Davenport, Iowa, to strengthen its capabilities for originating and shipping grain for export.
    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.
    1993 - Cenex members officially adopt CENEX, Inc., as the regional cooperative’s name. 
    1992 - Harvest States and Continental Grain enter a joint venture, the Tacoma Export Marketing Co. (TEMCO) at Tacoma, Wash., for feed grain shipments to Pacific Rim countries.
    1992 - Cenex acquires majority ownership (74.2 percent) of the 75,000-barrel-per-day National Cooperative Refinery Association at McPherson, Kan. 
    1992 - Cenex completes 256-mile pipeline extension in North Dakota.

  4. 1980s

    1988 - First CENEX convenience store opens.
    1987 - Cenex joins with Land O’Lakes to form the Cenex/Land O’Lakes Ag Services marketing joint venture.
    1986 - Harvest States sells Froedert Malt Corporation. 
    1983 - North Pacific Grain Growers and GTA merge to form Harvest States Cooperatives. 
    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. 
    1981 - Solar Gas is purchased, making Cenex one of the top 10 U.S. propane suppliers.

  5. 1970s

    1978 - Cenex introduces pay-at-the-pump technology.
    1977 - Cenex begins serving Pacific Supply Cooperatives, adding 67 local cooperatives in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. 
    1976 - Utah Cooperative Association joins Cenex, adding 13 locally owned cooperatives.
    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. 
    1972 - Cenex enters the transportation business by acquiring Northern Cooperative Services of Wadena, Minn.
    1971 - Cenex begins supplying 60 cooperatives in the Pacific Northwest formerly served by Grange Cooperative Wholesale. 

  6. 1960s & 1950s

    1962 - NPGG dedicates its new export terminal at Kalama, Wash., located on the lower Columbia River.
    1960 - GTA purchases the Honeymead soybean processing plant and the Archer Daniels Midland elevator line in southern Minnesota. 
    1960 - A 424-mile petroleum products pipeline from the Laurel refinery to a terminal at Minot, N.D., is completed. 
    1957 - Cenex builds a new four-story office building at 1185 North Concord, South St. Paul, Minn.

  7. 1940s

    1949 - GTA acquires the Minneapolis Great Northern and Superior (Wis.) Spencer-Kellogg terminals. 
    1946 - Cenex expands plant food operations by becoming a major stockholder of CF Industries.
    1945 - Cenex enters the feed, plant food and seed business. 
    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. 
    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. 
    1942 - GTA moves into wheat milling with the acquisition of Amber Milling Co. in Rush City, Minn.

  8. 1930s & 1920s

    1938 - NPGG moves its office to Portland, Ore.
    1938 - 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. 
    1935 - Cenex moves from rented offices in St. Paul to its own new office, warehouse and oil blending plant in South St. Paul, Minn. 
    1932 - In conjunction with other regional cooperatives, National Cooperatives (later named Universal Cooperatives) is organized. 
    1931 - Cenex, originally the Farmers Union Central Exchange, is founded January 15. First offices are in downtown St. Paul, Minn. 
    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.