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Farmers Co-op Elevator hires general manager, Gordy Elliott


Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Gordy Elliott, new general manager of Farmers Co-op Elevator. Photo submitted

The Farmers Co-op Elevator (FCE) board of directors is pleased to announce that they have hired Gordy Elliott to be the new general manager. Elliott will be responsible for the overall management of FCE. Elliott brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences that will lead FCE into the future. Board President Steve Oian noted, “Gordy’s resumé statement that he ‘cares about people’ is a strong indication of what our employees, members and community can anticipate.”

Elliott spent many years as an agricultural cooperative general manager at Pine Island Farmers Elevator and Hayward Cooperative and got his early management training with Midland Cooperative in Whitelaw, Wis., and Northfield, Minn. Most recently he has been a senior commodity risk management consultant with INTL FCStone, a global commodity broker. He has helped many people with marketing programs to lock in a price to protect their margins and manage volatility and will apply that same level of marketing to our farmer-owned elevator.

“It’s exciting to be part of an organization of patron-owners — farmers working together, investing in the co-op to help them be more successful on their own farms,” according to Elliott. “FCE has wonderful people - employees and the board - and I look forward to working with them to continue the FCE tradition and heritage that started over 100 years ago. Our challenge is to help producers become efficient as possible and embrace technology and conservation practices.” Elliott believes our employees are up to that challenge, but some of our facilities and equipment will need improvements to prepare us for the next 100 years.

On a personal note, Elliott says that after raising his family and working in the Twin Cities for the past 25+ years, he and his wife, Bonnie, were anxious to get back to rural Minnesota and are thrilled to be moving to what he calls “God’s little secret - the beautiful farm country in southeastern Minnesota.” They’re looking forward to getting involved in the local community and taking advantage of the many venues for hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking and canoeing this summer.

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