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CHS acquires West Central

WILLMAR — West Central Distribution LLC, wholesale distributor of agronomy products headquartered in Willmar, has been acquired by CHS Inc.

CHS, a global energy, agronomy, grains and foods company headquartered in Inver Grove Heights, has owned 25 percent of West Central since January 2015. With the completion of the transaction, West Central's more than 200 employees become employees of CHS, a farmer-owned cooperative.

"Joining CHS builds on our shared values and history of collaboration," said Mike Fiebelkorn, West Central president, in a news release. "With the combined strengths of both organizations, we can better meet the needs of CHS and West Central customers."

West Central offers crop protection, nutrients and other specialized agronomy products to cooperatives and independent retailers. With 30 locations, West Central expands the distribution capabilities of CHS Agronomy.

"Completing the acquisition of West Central demonstrates our commitment to provide more of the products, services and technologies cooperatives, retailers and our farmer-owners need to compete," said Gary Halvorson, senior vice president, CHS Agronomy. "Ownership of West Central expands our agronomy platform, positions CHS as a leading supply partner to cooperatives and retailers serving growers throughout the United States and adds value for CHS owners."

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