History

MKC was founded in 1965 by the merger of three neighboring cooperatives in Moundridge, Buhler, and Groveland. Since its founding, it has grown in size and territory through mergers and acquisitions. More than 325 employees play an important role in the growth and success of MKC.
1965

1965

The first nine board members for MKC was Jacob A Wedel, President, Clue Cline, Vice President, Mio E Schrag, Secretary, Vic Balzer, Art Dick, John Zielke, Ben Wedel, Otto Schmidt, and John Huxman.

1966

1966

1970

1970

MKC purchased the Kansas Milling Elevator in Moundridge.

1972

1972

The Groveland elevator was built.

1991

1991

MKC and nine other central Kansas Coops form Cen-Kan.

1992

1992

MKC merged with Farmers Union Equity headquartered in Lindsborg and included Bavara, Falun and Bridgeport. MKC merged the country elevators from WR Mill based in McPherson. The purchase included elevators in Conway, Elyria, Hilton, McPherson and Windom.

1995

1995

MKC merged with Farmers Grain Cooperative adding locations in Haven and Castleton.

2000

2000

TMA was created to jointly merchandise grain for five cooperatives.

2002

2002

MKC merged with Farmers Grain Cooperative on May 1. Locations in the merger included Peabody, Florence, Burns, Newton, McLains, Whitewater, Benton, Walton and Wichita.

2002

2002

Entered into an agreement with Archer Daniels Midland and Team Marketing, LLC to form Hutchinson Grain Terminal (HGT)

2008

2008

An annual scholarship program was started for high school seniors and included nine awards valued at $500 each. In 2012, MKC expanded the scholarship program to college students. The program now offers awards valued at $1,000 each to ten high school seniors and up to ten additional awards valued at $1,000 to returning college students.

2012

2012

MKC formed a strategic alliance with Great Plains Precision Ag.

2012

2012

MKC entered into an agreement with CHS in March to form a limited liability company (LLC) to build and operate a 3 million bushel high-speed shuttle loading facility in Canton, Kan. The newly formed LLC will become a member of Team Marketing Alliance.

2014

2014

A comprehensive internship program was launched to accelerate the onboarding process of new employees for MKC and its industry partners. In its first year, the program included three interns working for MKC part-time who were also students at Kansas State University.

2014

2014

On March 6, the membership of Farmers Cooperative Association approved a merger with MKC in an overwhelming 91% vote of approval. The merger went into effect on June 1, 2014 and added locations in Alta Vista, Manhattan, Onaga and Westmoreland.

2015

2015

On December 28, MKC loaded its first shuttle at the Canton Grain Terminal. The 109-car train pulled into the facility early Sunday morning. The cars were filled with 400,000 bushels of milo and shipped to the Texas Gulf.

2016

2016

New seed shed built in Benton

2016

2016

MKC vice president and CMO Dave Spears visited several legislators with Kansas Cooperative Council. Discussed issues facing our industry, coop and Kansas producers.

2016

2016

2016 Emerging Producers Program

2016

2016

Food Bank Donations

2016

2016

12th Annual 2016 Ag Symposium was held with 250 people in attendance. They learned from the industry experts on politics, regulations, succession and planning.

2016

2016

MKC donated to Walton Rural Life Center with an amount of $2,000.

2016

2016

CHS and MKC announced plans to build and operate high-speed rail-shuttle grain storage and loading facility in Milan-Construction began on the Sumner County Terminal

2016

2016

Third annual legislative staff day was held. Four members attended including senator Pat Roberts, senator Jerry Moran and Congressman Tim Huelskamp.

2016

2016

MKC hosted two Land O’ Lakes Emerging leaders. They learned MKC role in helping farmers be successful.

2016

2016

MKC 51st Annual Stockholders Meeting was held. 600 were in attendance for the event

2016

2016

SHARP recognition to the Benton location from the Kansas Department of Labor.

2016

2016

4,000-unit seed bins added to Benton Location

2016

2016

Expansion Project at Marquette

2017

2017

MKC and CHS finished construction of the Sumner County Terminal

2017

2017

2017 Emerging Producer Program