Elburn Cooperative acquires Badger Grain Co.
Elburn Cooperative Co. announced the purchase of Badger Grain Co. of Darien.
The acquisition gives Elburn Cooperative the ability to increase services for patrons at the northern edge of its current service area, says John Husk, general manager of Elburn Cooperative.
Badger Grain customers will gain access to Elburn Cooperative's enhanced resources, including crop production products.
"This investment provides a wonderful opportunity for both Badger and Elburn Cooperative," adds Husk. "We're now able to bring our rail and truck capability to the Chicago-area market. This capability, combined with our experience on the Illinois river System brings additional value to Badger's customers."
Badger Grain Co. has been owned and operated for the past 30 years by the Lawton family of Darien. Eric Lawton will continue to manage the Darien facility.
There are no plans to close sites or lay off Badger employees, Husk adds.
"An important part of this partnership is the management and employees of Badger," Husk says. "The Lawton family and their employees have run a business that is known for its honesty and integrity. This philosophy tracks exactly with the Elburn Cooperative philosophy. I believe we will learn as much from their management and employees as they will learn from us."